Quotes of the Week

While the federal government is committed to paying 100 percent of the cost, I cannot in good conscience deny Floridians that needed access to health care. We will support a three-year expansion of the Medicaid program under the new health care law as long as the federal government meets their commitment to pay 100 percent of the cost during that time.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, announcing that he has changed his mind and will expand his state's Medicaid program 

The governor’s position has not changed. It would be irresponsible to add more Texans and dump more taxpayer dollars into an unsustainable system that is broken and already consumes a quarter of our budget.

Lucy Nashed, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, after Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that he had agreed to the Medicaid expansion under federal health care reform

I believe in reform, and I know Bill Powers believes in reform. That’s why I’m particularly troubled when I see UT regents go around this man. I see them trying to micromanage the system.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a Senate hearing in which lawmakers passed a resolution honoring Powers, the president of the University of Texas at Austin

Washington has a long tradition of trying to hurl insults to silence those who they don't like what they're saying. I have to admit I find it amusing that those in Washington are puzzled when someone actually does what they said they would do.

U.S. Sen Ted Cruz after his tour of a gun manufacturer in Leander

I genuinely have not decided whether to run for mayor; I can think of as many reasons not to do it as to do it.

Rep. Mark Strama, D-Austin, who announced on Wednesday that he wouldn't seek another term in the House

I was fine before I got this job. If they kick me out of office, I’ll be fine.

Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, on raising the gas tax to help pay for state transportation projects, as quoted in The Dallas Morning News