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BuzzChat Tuesday: Davis wants to start cleaning up a mess


Quotes today from Hillary Clinton, Paul Davis, a Gallup Poll spokesman and political scientist George Connor.

“We cannot clean up Sam Brownback’s mess overnight.” — Kansas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis proposing Monday to freeze current state income tax rates and postpone a second round of income tax cuts costing about $1 billion over the next five years.

Davis walked a thin line here in answering one of the big questions looming over his candidacy. And that is, would he raise taxes if he became governor? If not, how would he differentiate himself from the governor? Davis answered that by saying he would not raise taxes, which would have been turned against him in the campaign. He split from the governor by saying he’d delay a second round of income tax cuts. Let’s see how the public responds. Oh, Davis’ announcement came the same day that Kansans learned that tax collections fell $28 million short of expectations in June

“Confidence in the presidency is now the lowest it has been under President Barack Obama, as is confidence in Congress and the Supreme Court, given their historical lows.” — Justin McCarthy of the Gallup Poll.

That these numbers are depressingly low probably didn’t surprise you, did it? We sort of all knew this already.

“The decline in Missouri population is in predominately Democratic areas and the growth in Missouri population is in predominately Republican areas. That puts a Democrat running for statewide office in a pickle, basically.” — Missouri State University political scientist George Connor to Missourinet.

Connor said he suspects that voters are even more conservative now than they were a decade ago when they enacted a constitutional ban on gay marriage. That presents a challenge to 2016 statewide Democratic candidates, such as Chris Koster. (link via

“It’s the first time that our court has said that a closely held corporation has the rights of a person when it comes to religious freedom, which means the corporation’s … [‘closely held’] employers can impose their religious beliefs on their employees, and of course denying women the right to contraceptives as part of a health care plan is exactly that. I find it deeply disturbing that we are going in that direction.” — Hillary Clinton on Monday’s rulings.

Clinton, the presumed 2016 Democratic nominee for president, skewered the ruling.