"We're talking about a state that's as red as Dorothy's ruby slippers." — Sen. Claire McCaskill (in photo), D-Mo., marveling at Democrat Kathleen Sebelius' political success in Kansas
"We don't want to appear to be frivolous." — Then-Gov. Sebelius, asking a writer to wait until after her Senate confirmation vote to report that she was spotted Sunday at New Orleans' Jazz and Heritage Festival
"Some people think that declaring a state of emergency about the flu was a political thing to push the Sebelius nomination through." — Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, to the Washington Independent blog
“I don't think we're out of the woods. I don't think we can even find the woods right now." — Lawrence schools superintendent Randy Weseman, on the prospect of the state economy worsening and school funding shrinking further
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