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TheChat: Hays Daily News uses the word `recall’ about Gov. Sam Brownback

Got those post-Super Bowl blues?

▪  “If Kansas citizens do not have the stomach for recall proceedings, the next best alternative is to rid the Legislature of members who refuse to deny Brownback’s agenda.” — an editorial in The Hays Daily News about Gov. Sam Brownback’s stewardship of the Kansas economy and budget.

Note use of the word “recall.” That’s a big, intensely meaningful word in politics and a first when it comes to Brownback, as least as far as we’ve seen. This marks something of a seminal moment in his controversial administration. Many Kansans have simply had enough, and they’re starting to demand change.

▪ “I have heard references to the inmates running the asylum. I heard this morning references to animals running the zoo. Let me say we are neither an asylum nor a zoo … Our students are neither inmates nor animals. They are young adults we are grooming to lead us through the 21st century.” — MU Interim System President Mike Middleton asking critics to tone down their criticism of the university.

In a speech to the Board of Curators, Middleton outlined a host of steps the university has taken to address issues since the resignation of former President Tim Wolfe. (link via

▪ “Our public colleges and universities must be transparent and accountable to Missouri families.” — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway announcing a pair of audits of the state’s public universities.

One will examine how the administration of the University of Missouri system spent money. The other will review college affordability. State leaders are keeping their eyes on the UM System in the wake of all the recent controversy.

▪ “That’s my hope, that we’re able to prevent a tragic accident or loss of life in one of our young people.” — Kansas state Rep. Tom Phillips, a Manhattan Republican, on a bill he sponsored that would protect underage drinkers from criminal charges if they call for medical help.

As things stand now, kids under 21 who are illegally drinking can get in trouble with the law even if they call for medical help for themselves or someone else. The bill would grant them immunity from prosecution if they remain on the scene and cooperate with law enforcement. The bill now goes to the governor for his review.