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"Call me a liar, but people up north appreciate me." — Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Kelly Parks (in photo, of the northern Wichita suburb of Valley Center), on the confusion over whether he and Vice Chairwoman Gwen Welshimer "requested" or just "talked about" an executive session to discuss the county manager's firing

"I know there are a lot of patriotic Americans who are deeply concerned about this, but I am convinced that President Obama is a natural-born citizen of the United States; additionally, his mother and her parents were born in Kansas." — Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan.

"It's the Republicans who are running the same old names, not us." — Larry Gates, chairman of the Kansas Democratic Party, arguing that the party's bench is young and strong, "with tremendous potential"

"I love going to Wichita because it's where I grew up and I'm just always in a good mood when I'm there." — Gov. Mark Parkinson, on his blog

"She looked like a million bucks and seems to being doing well." — Parkinson again, on seeing his predecessor, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, at a recent meeting of governors in Mississippi

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