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TheChat: Kansas Democrats seek to tie candidates to Gov. Sam Brownback


Good morning.

▪ “Tying a candidate to (Gov. Sam) Brownback is probably the most effective thing you can do. That's the real key to much of this.” — Kansas state Rep. Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, advising his fellow Democrats on the path to victory this fall.

Democrats are seeking to take advantage of the governor’s awful poll numbers as they position candidates to win in a bright-red state. The task is tough, even with Brownback’s travails, but Democrats are hopeful of picking up seats.

▪ “Donald Trump’s America is secure. Terrorists and dangerous criminals kept out. The border, secure; our families, safe.” — a narrator in Trump’s first ad of the general-election campaign.

White nationalists are cheering the ad and a shakeup in Trump’s campaign as signs that their views are gaining a foothold and that the old Republican Party is coming to an end.

▪ It's going to have to come out of schools if they override, it's going to have to come out of law enforcement, it's going to have to come out of the other things that we're spending money on. Quite frankly this year, we even put some money into roads through the budget.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon arguing against an interest among GOP lawmakers in overriding several of his vetoes, including ones concerning tax breaks that Republicans are seeking.

The veto session begins Sept. 14, and it amounts to Nixon’s land stand as he’ll be leaving office as a result of term limits in January.

▪ “I’m guessing we’re going to probably be even or slightly positive. But that’s very, very preliminary.” — KPERS director Alan Conroy on the state’s investment results a year after it borrowed $1 billion and invested it in the state pension fund.

The state was attempting to prop up the pension fund. But expect first-year investment results to be weak, Conroy said.