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▪  “I don’t think that’s probably gonna happen. I got my hands full here. And, boy, there’s enough things to work on now – isn’t there? – with what the Supreme Court did and everything else that’s going on in the country. What we’re trying to do in Kansas is really trying to chart a path that’s the old proven American way, and it keeps getting harder.” – Gov. Sam Brownback, asked in a Family Research Council podcast about joining the GOP presidential field

▪  “This is not the statement of a democratically elected governor who honors his oath to the constitutions of the United States and the state of Kansas.” – Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, about the sweeping authority Brownback claimed over all agencies, boards and “political subdivisions” in his executive order on religious liberty

▪  “Good to see you. I wasn’t sure you were out of session yet.” – Mayor Jeff Longwell, welcoming Rep. Gail Finney, D-Wichita, and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, to Tuesday’s meeting after the record-setting legislative session

▪  “There is a cohort of members that want to strangle government at all levels. Until the people of this state are willing to stand up in large numbers, this will continue.” – Rep. Russ Jennings, R-Lakin, speaking in Garden City about some legislators’ distrust of local school boards, teachers, and city and county leaders