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▪ “Legend has it that if Jerry Moran gets scared by his own shadow, Kansas gets six more weeks of winter.” — Milton Wolf on Twitter, taunting the GOP incumbent senator from Kansas.
Wolf, a tea partier, has threatened for months to run for the U.S. Senate again, this time in August against Moran who’s seeking a second term. Wolf, who gave Pat Roberts a scare in the 2014 GOP primary, is running out of time to mount a campaign, but that hasn’t stopped him for badgering Moran.
▪ “We are slipping into being a divisive country. We are speaking to each other in echo chambers where we only talk to those who agree with us, and we think that there is something wrong with people who don’t agree with us. We question and impugn motives instead of test the original thesis. That is where it doesn’t need to be, where it wasn’t and where it shouldn’t be. So the whole point I would make is if we are going to keep this beautiful American experience going, we’re going to have to stay unified as a country.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan in his “state of politics” address.
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Ryan is convinced the political system is broken. His words are worth considering.
▪ “This is not a joke. Senator Al Franken should be the Democratic Party’s choice for vice president.” — the first paragraph of a Politico story making the case for the Minnesota senator to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
Franken, a former “Saturday Night Live” star, could keep a grip on Bernie Sanders’ idealistic young followers, the story suggests.
▪ “I’ve been picked on and bullied, and everybody here’s been picked on and bullied. Why do we have to get bullied? Yes, we are different, but we are people. Why do we have to be judged differently? When is it going to stop?” — Stacy Tucker of Lawrence was one of hundreds of developmentally disabled people and their supporters who walked to the Capitol recently to fight for their rights.
Those who showed up were seeking higher pay rates for workers who provide direct care and more funding to reduce, and eventually eliminate, the waiting list for home- and community-based disability services.