"When you're out of politics, people think you weren't so bad after all." — former Sen. Bob Dole, during his visit to Russell
"Articulate and a good speaker. As long as the teleprompter is working, he'll be OK." — Dole again, on President Obama's re-election campaign
"Roy made me a better senator. I realized that you pay attention to Kansans first." — Dole again, on his 1974 re-election challenger, Democratic Rep. Bill Roy
"The Russians would have been proud." — Ed McKechnie of Arcadia, joking about how quickly he was nominated and elected chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents
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"Isn't politics great? If we didn't have something to complain about, we wouldn't have politics." — Senate Majority Leader Jay Emler, R-Lindsborg, on Democrats' griping about the governor's trip unveiling transportation plan projects