So they said

“I don’t want to lose people to Texas. I want to beat Texas.” – Gov. Sam Brownback (in photo), talking to the Wall Street Journal about his tax cuts

“It’s reminiscent of Marie Antoinette: ‘Let them eat cake.’” – Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, linking the governor’s tax bill and trip to the Paris Air Show

“They passed something they didn’t think we’d pass. Basically, it was, ‘You won’t shoot the hostage.’ ‘Oh? Watch.’ And we did.” – Rep. Virgil Peck, R-Tyro, in Rolling Stone, on how the 2012 Kansas Senate got played by the House on tax cuts

“This isn’t right! This isn’t right!” – U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., in a Senate hearing, holding up a 3-inch-thick binder detailing what Kansas had to agree to for its No Child Left Behind waiver

“As we speak of defecating, that to me is a harder incident to observe unless an officer is just right there. How does that work?” – Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams, chuckling, before the council banned defecating and camping on public property and also defecating on private property in view of others

“OK, let’s limit the discussion on this.” – Mayor Carl Brewer, in response (but “it happens,” Williams said)