▪ “I don’t have a bicoastal network of billionaires who are funding my campaign from outside Missouri.” — Republican Peter Kinder talking about fundraising in his race for governor.
Kinder was taking a veiled shot at rival Eric Greitens who’s received a series of high-dollar donations from backers outside Missouri. The three-term lieutenant governor noted in the fourth quarter of 2015 he received the largest number of contributions from those living inside Missouri of the four leading GOP contenders. (link via johncombest.com).
▪ “We’re six months into the authority and we’ve filed six cases now.” — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on the news that he’s filed new voter fraud charges in three counties.
Kobach said the charges were filed in Johnson, Sedgwick and Ellis counties and planned to release more details this week.
▪ “Looking to the future it’s of course a little murkier for him. He has relatively little leverage to use on the Legislature, and the Legislature will probably pursue its own agenda rather than really focus on the things that he would prefer they talk about.” — University of Missouri Professor Peverill Squire on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s final year in office.
Squire said Republicans have little to criticize Nixon about right now because the budget is balanced, school spending is up and college tuition hasn’t increased much. He said Nixon did a good job of reaching out to Republicans in his State of the State message last week.
▪ “I’m prepared to look at the whole budget — and hope the president is, too — in a way that lets us find the money that moves forward in advancing the cause of mental health.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, citing one place where Republicans and the president may find common ground in a bid to curb gun violence.
Blunt said he’s open to one of President Obama’s proposals to spend another $500 million on mental health care. The senator also said he has ideas for how the money should be spent.