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The Koch brothers back Pompeo over Tiahrt in Kansas

Good morning.

“KOCHPAC is proud to support Mike Pompeo for Congress based on his strong support for market-based policies and economic freedom, which benefits society as a whole.” — Mark Nichols, vice president of government and public affairs for Koch Industries, on the company’s endorsement of Pompeo over Todd Tiahrt.

This is a big development in the contentious 4th District race in Kansas that pits Pompeo, the incumbent, over Tiahrt, who held the seat for 16 years until 2011.

“It is a right enshrined not only in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, but also protected by the Kansas Bill of Rights.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on the news Monday that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence plans to sue Brownback over a sweeping state law nullifying enforcement of federal firearms restrictions in Kansas.

The bill in question exempts guns manufactured and owned in Kansas from federal regulation, a stand that Attorney General Eric Holder believes is unconstitutional. In his statement, Brownback said the Obama administration had “found some Washington D.C. lawyers to do their bidding.” He added, “We will vigorously defend the rights of Kansans in this litigation.” Attorney General Derek Schmidt has already requested $225,000 to cover the state’s legal costs.

“I’ll plan to enjoy lots of brownies, oatmeal raisin cookies and pies along the way.” — Bob Dole announcing the sixth leg of his Kansas “thank you” tour of the state he represented in Congress for more than three decades.

This next leg will be next Monday and Tuesday and will cover cities in the Flint Hills region of the state.

“A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do.” — Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday.

Chaffetz thinks Romney will wind up running again for president in 2016 despite his repeated denials of any interest. Chaffetz was an early backer of Romney the last time around. Interesting.

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