So they said

“It’s not a long walk across the rotunda.” – House Speaker Ray Merrick (in photo), R-Stilwell, promising better communication and less conflict between chambers in the 2013 Legislature

“Given that you won’t have a situation where the House Republican leadership has declared war on the Senate Republican leadership, it can only get better.” – House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, on the upcoming session

“I have member after member after member say, ‘Agriculture? Let’s cut it.’ It’s going to be tough sledding, folks.” – Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaking to the Kansas Soybean Association about agriculture’s weakening political coalition in Congress

“We’re Kansans. We’re Americans. We want our steaks hot, our beers cold and our politicians – temporary.” – Milton Wolf, a radiologist and blogger who is President Obama’s cousin, in a Washington Times commentary criticizing Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran for their fiscal-cliff votes and combined 46 years in Washington, D.C.

“I bought a toilet at a local store lately and I’m telling you, you probably want to get off that thing before you flush it because it sucks anything down.” – Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Skelton, at Wednesday’s meeting, after Commissioner Karl Peterjohn expressed relief that he owns “a toilet that actually works”