Daily Archives: May 20, 2012

Romney-Brownback ticket?

Gov. Sam Brownback’s early endorsement of Rick Perry for president probably ruined any chance of a Romney-Brownback ticket. “But if I were Mitt, my choice would be Sam Brownback,” writes Huffington Post’s Erin Medlicott. Among her reasons: Brownback ran for president himself in 2008 and knows national fundraisers. As a senator, he worked with then-Sen. Joe Biden on Iraq and with other Democrats on other issues. He has solid conservative credentials and could help with conservative Christians. “I believe Brownback could ‘hit the ground running’ and has Capitol experience to get the job done,” writes Medlicott (who, it should be said, worked on Biden’s presidential bid).

So they said

“I married a Georgetown law graduate and am a Hoya Mom – the mother of a double Georgetown graduate. So in my family, ‘Hoya Saxa’ comes second only to ‘Rock Chalk Jayhawk.’” – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (in photo), addressing Georgetown University graduates

“I’d rather go to the dentist than listen to rap music.” – Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., at a Library of Congress event honoring composer Burt Bacharach and lyricist Hal David

“Lawyers should really not try to explain a bill.” – Rep. Judith Loganbill, D-Wichita, on Twitter, during Kansas House debate Friday of an antitrust bill

“We can’t sell our souls.” – Missouri State Sen. Bill Stouffer on Missouri blocking the sale of University of Kansas Jayhawk license plates

“It’s a fascinating study of hatred.” – Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association, on the license-plate debate

Garvey family gift boosts Orpheum’s restoration

The 90-year-old Orpheum Theatre received a wonderful gift last week – $1 million from the Willard and Jean Garvey Trust. The donation from a Wichita family renowned for its arts patronage should bolster further fundraising for the theater’s ongoing restoration, as it enables more planning and design. Meanwhile, even with the renovation unfinished, the Orpheum management is proving the venue’s value to the community and especially downtown, by booking big names and then drawing full houses.