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TheChat: Hillary Clinton attempts to defend speaking fees

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▪ “Well, I don't know. That’s what they offered.” — Hillary Clinton when asked whether she needed to be paid $675,000 from Goldman Sachs for three speeches.

Bernie Sanders continues to pound Clinton for the speaking fees, saying they show that Clinton is beholden to Wall Street. But in an exchange Wednesday night on CNN, Clinton found herself on the defensive over the issue.

▪ “Cruz has to get rid of this guy!” — conservative columnist Ann Coulter on Kansas City-based political consultant Jeff Roe.

Coulter apparently had just learned of the controversy surrounding Roe and the ad he ran criticizing former Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich shortly before Schweich committed suicide.

▪ “The propaganda they’ve been told out there is amazing.” — Kansas state Rep. John Bradford, a Lansing Republican, on his bill that would consolidate school districts.

Rural Kansans are up in arms about Bradford’s plan, and they showed up in droves at a hearing this week. Local schools are the lifeblood of many rural counties, and they let Bradford know it. But the lawmaker insisted that his bill won’t close schools or fire principals. But rural folks are very, very skeptical. The point of consolidation is to save money, and they know it.

▪ “We believe that our present system that has been in effect for almost 60 years is superior to the other models that are being proposed.” — Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss, in a rare statement on an issue of the day, defending the non-partisan court plan used to pick Supreme Court judges.

Lawmakers are considering a plan to change the selection process to one akin to the federal model where a president nominates a justice and the Senate confirms it. But in Kansas, some suspect the motive behind the move is the distrust between the two branches of government.

▪ “I guess it’s hard to say there are accomplishments.” — former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum when asked to name Marco Rubio’s top accomplishment in the Senate.

Santorum endorsed Rubio this week, but came up empty-handed when asked to cite a Rubio signature achievement. Santorum said it was hard for anybody to achieve anything when gridlock reigned.