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TheChat: Republicans are getting very, very nervous


New week, new quotes.

▪ “People are getting pretty nervous about our candidates because he’s in a death spiral here, and nobody knows where the bottom is at.” — South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, on Donald Trump’s candidacy for the White House.

Republicans are starting to freak about November because Trump continues to flounder. The view now: Democrats are increasingly likely to retake the Senate and cut deeply into the House GOP majority. Still, there’s lots of time left.

▪ “He doesn’t actually work with the Legislature and is the most overridden in state history.” — Missouri state Rep. Justin Alferman, a Hermann Republican, speaking about Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon as the veto session looms on Sept. 14.

Alferman said that once again, Republicans have the numbers to override many of Nixon’s 25 vetoes. Many of those will be challenged during the brief veto session.

▪ For instance, if somebody has diabetes, they saw the doctor twice a week compared to somebody that saw the doctor twice a month, what was the difference in the outcomes?” — Angela de Rocha, a spokeswoman for agencies that oversee Kansas’ Medicaid system.

She was touting the benefits of a $25 million expenditure to overhaul a computer system that tracks health information for many of the state’s poorest residents.

▪ “This jobs report is very sad. We must do better if we want Kansas to continue to be a place of opportunity.” — Kansas state Rep. Brandon Whipple, a Wichita Democrat, writing on Twitter on the latest jobs report for the state.

Once again, the numbers were not good as the state lost 5,600 jobs in July and the unemployment rate jumped to 4.1 percent.