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TheChat: Ron Richard should know which job is the Statehouse’s best

Good morning.

▪ “The best job in the (Capitol) building is speaker of the House.” — Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard who should know. He’s the only person in state history who’s held both the position of House speaker and Senate president pro tem.

Senators have to be treated with care, and they can speak on the floor as long as they want. But the speaker gets to assign bills to committee, and he can often indicate which ones should be sent to the full House. Said Richard of the speaker, “The rules are in his favor.”

“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” — Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, talking about the importance of electing the first female president.

Some older feminist supporters of Hillary Clinton, including Albright and Gloria Steinem, have grown frustrated with younger women who are backing Bernie Sanders. Said Albright: “We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done.”

▪ “There could be four or five tickets now out of New Hampshire because the race is so unsettled.” — GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie talking about the crazed state of the Republican race.

Christie thinks he and other Republicans have successfully undermined Marco Rubio following the weekend debate. Rubio seemed to be on a fast rise after his strong third-place showing in Iowa, but Christie and others think they’ve rattled him. In fact, Christie thinks the overall tone of the campaign has changed.

▪ “Every 10 years we do a crumbling classrooms initiative, then we forget about it for a decade.” — Kansas state Rep. Tom Sloan, a Lawrence Republican, on his call to raise a statewide property tax to boost maintenance of state university buildings and to give community colleges new authority to generate property taxes.

Lawmakers weren’t giving the idea rave reviews. The Senate Democratic leader, Anthony Hensley, called the property tax the most hated revenue source in the state.