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"I've started reading it, but it's going to take a while." — Sen. Sam Brownback (in photo), R-Kan., placing his hand on the Senate's 2,000-page health reform bill at an Olathe town hall meeting

"If you're the least bit politically active, and the party doesn't have the governor's job, you realize the effect it has in every department in the state. I think we're all ready to have a Republican governor." — Former state GOP chairman and state Treasurer Tim Shallenburger, who lost the 2002 governor's race to Kathleen Sebelius

"My sense is that there is not a lot of enthusiasm, especially among moderate Republicans, for a Brownback governorship." — Kansas Democratic Party chairman Larry Gates

"He's got a name identification o f zero." — University of Kansas political scientist Burdett Loomis, on the gubernatorial prospects of Democratic candidate Tom Wiggans, a former pharmaceutical company executive who returned to Kansas from California early this year