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TheChat: Sarah Palin is tired of the 'boys only' presidency


Good morning.

▪ “America has had enough of seeing that sign on the Oval Office door saying, ‘No Girls Allowed.’ I know that.” — Sarah Palin, who said over the weekend that she is “seriously interested” in running for president in 2016.

In the same interview, she also seemed to downplay her interest. So, who knows?

▪ “He choked.” — Donald Trump criticizing Mitt Romney last weekend in Iowa.

Trump took shots at both Romney and Jeb Bush in remarks that drew lots of applause from conservatives. But Trump can say whatever he wants. He’s not going anywhere in the 2016 race.

▪ “The reality is, whether you listen to the American Heart Association or Cancer Society or the AMA, the fact is the United States eats too much meat.” — former Missouri Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell who also is a pork producer.

Interesting remark from Maxwell, who these days also is vice president of outreach and engagement for the Humane Society of the United States. It’s not often that a livestock producer urges less meat consumption. (link via

▪ “It's a reasonable burden.” — Kansas state Treasurer Ron Estes on a plan for the state to borrow $1.5 billion to bolster the state pension system.

Gov. Sam Brownback and lawmakers are trying to trim a nearly $10 billion funding gap on payouts to retirees betwee now and 2033. Estes, a fellow Republican, said there are pros and cons to the bonding idea. One con is more cost as the date of paying off the KPERS deficit is delayed.