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TheChat: KCI single-terminal foes aren’t dancing in the streets


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▪ “We’re not gloating!” — Dan Coffey, who’s led the opposition to a new single terminal at KCI. Mayor Sly James has pulled the plug on a 2016 vote on the issue citing a lack of support.

Coffey said City Hall should get its collective head out of the sand and consider a cheaper alternative. “The voters should realize this decision shows just how much power they, the voters, have,” Coffey wrote to supporters. He urged them to remain vigilant.

▪ “Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention.” — John Weaver, chief strategist for Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, outlining the course ahead for the two-term Ohio governor in a memo to reporters and other supporters.

That strategy nose-dived when Donald Trump won big in Indiana, and chief rival Ted Cruz dropped out.

▪ “Unfortunately, too many Republican lawmakers care too little about the plight of our less fortunate neighbors.” — Assistant House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat, on a food drive that House Democrats are sponsoring in the session’s final weeks.

Democrats said the drive comes in response to policies enacted by the majority party in recent years that have increased the problem of hunger and food insecurity in the state.

▪ “Empty, worthless statement.” — Kansas state Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, commenting on a bill now before Gov. Sam Brownback that would bar midwives from performing abortions.

Midwives don’t perform abortions in the state. The measure also would institute a ban on Planned Parenthood receiving federal family planning money funneled through the state.