Quotes of the Week

He always had a powerful story to tell. We just had him all hurt and bunged up when we got him the first time.

Katon Dawson, chairman of Rick Perry's 2012 South Carolina campaign, on why he might do better in a second try for president

Governors, like Nikki Haley, who know they are in competition and put on their running shoes make the rest of us uncomfortable.

Gov. Rick Perrylauding his counterpart's attempts to make the Palmetto State more competitive economically

Tony Soprano didn’t own the pork store for the sandwiches.

Josh Orton, the political director of Progressives United, arguing for further restrictions on "social welfare" groups' ability to channel money from anonymous donors to influence elections

I think it would be a fool’s errand to try to compete with Lone Star. That kind of music can only be composed by one person.

The Gates of the Alamo author Stephen Harrigan, saying he didn't re-read T.R. Fehrenbach's classic Texas history while preparing to write his own history of the state

Of course it was a beating. If [Rice administrators] don't have zero tolerance for what I saw with my own eyes, I will deal with them in Austin.

State Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, calling for the firing of Rice University police officers caught on video striking a suspected bicycle thief with batons

To ask me — a business degree major from Texas Tech University — to distinguish whether the Earth cooled 4 billion years ago or 4.2 billion years ago for purposes of approving a textbook at 10:15 on a Thursday night is laughable.

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, establishing some limits on the board as a deliberative body