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TheChat: Sam Brownback says security comes first


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▪ “It is my responsibility as governor of this great state to do what we can to protect the citizens of Kansas, and I will act to maintain the security of our state.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback in his second executive order that forbids state agencies from assisting with the relocation of refugees that present a security risk.

The first executive order was aimed at the relocation of Syrian refugees. This one is broader and is in effect “until such time as an adequate vetting process is in place.”

▪ “One year is more appropriate because that’s what the vast majority of other states have.” — Missouri state Rep. Jay Barnes, a Jefferson City Republican, on how much of a “cooling off” period lawmakers should have before they become lobbyists.

Whether the cooling-off period should be be one year or two has emerged again as an issue in the General Assembly. This is a key component of any ethics package that lawmakers might pass this year. (link via

▪  “She should be ashamed of herself for creating the very mess that my vote to repeal Obamacare is trying to fix.” — Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo criticizing Hillary Clinton for her role in helping establish Obamacare.

Pompeo, a Republican, voted last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In defending his vote, he made it clear that Clinton’s work to establish universal health care in the 1990s will be a target in the general-election campaign this fall. “We must not forget that without the failed experiment of HillaryCare, there would be no Obamacare,” Pompeo noted.

▪ “Totally, totally, totally disgraceful and unacceptable.” — Bernie Sanders discussing Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.

But Sanders also stressed that he’s not running against Bill Clinton. Hillary Clinton is his opponent. He said he’s steering clear of personal issues and never runs negative ads. Ask your friends in Vermont ol’ Bernie is telling the truth, Sanders said.