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TheChat: GOP begins to consider `culling’ process

Good morning on this day after Iowa.

▪ “There will be a rising chorus to cull the field that starts after Iowa, gets louder after New Hampshire and hits full throttle after South Carolina with the objective of giving us our best chance to beat Hillary.” — Haley Barbour, an influential Republican National Committee member from Mississippi .

Barbour and others are saying the party establishment needs to rally around a single candidate. The GOP, he says, cannot afford to lose in November. But how this culling process occurs remains something of a mystery. Candidates who have so much invested in their campaigns will not go quietly into that good night.

▪ “A third of the budget.” — GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul stipulating just what share of Ferguson’s budget comes from civil fines.

Paul said this during a presidential debate last week. One problem: It’s not true. Not even close. Try 13 percent, senator. (link via

▪ “We’ll see what they send over.” — Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson on the possibility that the state Senate could send the House a plan to fund state roads and bridges.

Richardson has said he wants to avoid a tax increase. So would most lawmakers in this election year.

▪ “Gov. Brownback has an extreme ideological agenda, and he will knowingly use false statements to further that extreme agenda.” — Laura McQuade, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, on the governor still saying the organization trafficked in fetal body parts.

Brownback, a Republican, said videos that are central to the case have not been discredited. McQuade countered that the governor has an “extreme ideological agenda.”