Quotes of the Week

Rick Perry, first of all, he has to get over that back pain stuff, but Rick Perry has tremendous track record of success, probably running again — could run for president. 

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist at a Politico event on Wednesday

The whole government, and the Democrat Party, the Republican Party — they’re all dinosaurs.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul to The Washington Post

When we do it, it is called the 'nuclear option.' When Democrats do it, it is the 'constitutional option.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn to The Washington Post on the debate over filibuster reform in the Senate

What he doesn’t want to do is divide the party and create a bunch of infighting with a primary battle.

Trey Newton, a political strategist for George P. Bush, to Politico on Bush's 2014 plans

Members of the commission are appointed by elected state leaders and would be enforcing criminal actions against those same elected officials. If it ain’t broke, don’t mess with it.

Former Texas Ethics Commission director Tom Harrison, in a letter opposing a proposal to move enforcement from the Travis County district attorney to the TEC

The fact that we are trying to say that we are doing really well and everything is hunky-dory in Texas with regard to dropouts is unfair to the future students in our workforce. And I think it's doing a disservice to tout these inflated numbers as if everything is okay.

Bill Hammond of the Texas Association of Business, on reports that Texas has the nation's lowest high school dropout rate