"The top five issues are the budget, the budget, the budget, the budget and budget." — Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley (in photo), D-Topeka
"The magic is all gone." — J.G. Scott, chief fiscal analyst for the Legislative Research Department, on how the state doesn't have any budget gimmicks left
"I have asked, 'How much is enough?' They will say, 'Well, we don't know. We don't know. Just keep giving us more.' Bad times aren't going to last forever. For crying out loud, get real." — House Majority Leader Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, on K-12 schools' funding requests
"People need to realize what his politics will be if he's elected." — Hensley again, on the possibility of Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., becoming governor
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"You all must be mad about something to come to this." — Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Hays, to a Pittsburg town hall crowd