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"We've been very conscious of trying to save where we can. I want us to do what we can." — House Speaker Mike O'Neal (in photo), R-Hutchinson, about the budget increases proposed for the legislative branch when other state spending is being slashed

"I will be eternally grateful." — Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, calling Democratic Gov. Mark Parkinson's 2009 coal-plant deal an "amazing thing"

"We've got to get this started before we mess up the public schools further." — Fred Kaufman, superintendent of Hays USD 489 and president of Schools for Fair Funding, on the urgency of a new legal challenge to state K-12 funding

"The Republicans are saying, 'This is the year to run.' Democrats, well, they're saying, 'This is an awful year to run.'" — Washburn University political science professor Bob Beatty, on why Kansas has 18 Republicans and very few Democrats running for Congress

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