"I had a tremendous time looking at fossils." — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (in photo), in Lawrence, saying KU's Dyche Hall "may be the best university natural history museum in the United States"
"My name has been besmirched." — Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, in Pittsburg, saying an earmarks-related ethics probe was started by an anonymous accusation
"We hurt people. I can tell you who didn't share in the pain: corporate interests." — Rep. Ann Mah, D-Topeka, on the 2009 Legislature's spending cuts
"I was just reading this interesting story that I was going to run for the Senate in Kansas as a Democrat. I don't know where that came from. I'm a lifelong Republican." — Sheila Bair, chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation