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TheChat: Jay Nixon sounds a warning about Bernie Sanders

Another week in the history books.

▪ “It would be a meltdown all the way down the ballot.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on what would happen to Democrats if Bernie Sanders is the party’s presidential nominee.

Nixon joined a chorus of Hillary Clinton backers who are spreading word that Sanders’ self-described socialist leanings would doom the party. Sen. Claire McCaskill is singing out of the same songbook. (link courtesy of

▪ “I question his allegiance to the party.” — former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole speaking about Ted Cruz.

On the GOP side, establishment Republicans are targeting the Texas senator as a recipe for GOP disaster. Interestingly, they are laying off Donald Trump — for now.

▪ “Tonight marks the annual event where (Nixon) allows the (Legislature) to see him before disappearing for another year.” — Missouri state Rep. Paul Curtman, a Union Republican, lambasting Nixon who has a reputation for aloofness in the Capitol.

Nixon has talked many times of trying to forge closer working relations with the GOP-led General Assembly. But Republicans say it’s never really happened.

▪ “We have a state that has incredibly liberal gun laws.” — St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, speaking to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Dotson let it rip, telling a ballroom full of mayors that Missouri is “controlled by people that don’t live in the urban centers. They (pass) legislation to get re-elected. We are left with the proliferation of guns.” In Kansas City, Mayor Sly James has said much the same thing.

▪ “We didn’t sit here today and say, ‘Wow, we're reaching panacea.’” — Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan defending Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts that have led to revenue shortfalls in the state. His point: The cuts were not expected to generate a quick economic surge.

Speaking to lawmakers, Jordan cited several positive trends, including a rise in income tax collections and low unemployment. Democrats and some Republicans, though, remained highly critical of the state’s fiscal health.”The sun doesn't shine so brightly in western Kansas,” said state Rep. John Edmonds, a Great Bend Republican.