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TheChat: Mike Sanders is ready to hang the stocking with care


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▪ “The fact is, as I head home today to hang the old stockings with care, I can do so knowing that I am leaving Jackson County in good financial shape and in very capable hands.” — Mike Sanders, the nine-year Jackson County executive who announced that he was stepping down Dec. 31.

Sanders aims to spend more time with his family. After flirting with runs for attorney general, lieutenant governor and secretary of state over the years, Sanders is taking another campaign off the table for the foreseeable future.

▪ These disturbing findings further confirm that there is substantial work yet to be done to ensure our veterans receive the care they deserve.” — Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp on problems at eye clinics at both the Leavenworth and Topeka VA Medical Centers.

The Inspector General uncovered a series of issues, including a list of unapproved patients awaiting cataract surgery. More problems for the VA.

▪ “(Kansas) cannot risk another Farm Bill without having a voice.” — Kansas Livestock Association President Matt Perrier announcing that his organization was backing Republican Roger Marshall over Huelskamp in the 2016 GOP primary.

Perrier and others are upset that Huelskamp lost his seat on the House Agriculture Committee after Kansans had served on the panel for nearly a century. Huelskamp was removed from the committee in 2012 after he clashed with House Speaker John Boehner.

▪ “Right-to-work is going to need 109 votes (in the state House). I’m not sure in an election year they have that.” — Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard saying that his body won’t take up anti-union right-to-work legislation unless the House produces more votes for it.

Still, Richard said his effort to push right-to-work during the last session paid off because it’s now an issue in the governor’s race. “That was important,” he said. (link courtesy of