Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Nate Blakeslee and Paul Burka of Texas Monthly, explaining their list of best and worst legislators in the Texas Legislature for 2011.
On the budget, we have tried to recognize the members who made the best of a bad situation. And the worst? As usual, they picked themselves.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry during a FOX News interview, responding to a question about his popularity in his home state.
I say that a prophet is generally not loved in their hometown. That’s both Biblical and practical.
Mark Miner, spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, explaining why his boss didn’t want to talk about his surprisingly small church donations despite years of efforts to put his faith on display in events such as a planned August prayer extravaganza he is hosting with the hate-group American Family Association this August in Houston.
He never talks about his faith.
Rick Scarborough, president of Texas-based religious-right organization Vision America, on Gov. Rick Perry’s appeal as a presidential candidate to far-right Republicans.
There is no perfect candidate. Even Jesus got crucified.
Eric Bearse, event spokesman for the hate group American Family Association and who is a former speech writer for Gov. Rick Perry, said that although “The Response” is a Christian service, it is open to all faiths and traditions.
A lot of people want to criticize what we’re doing, as if we’re somehow being exclusive of other faiths. But anyone who comes to this solemn assembly regardless of their faith tradition or background, will feel the love, grace, and warmth of Jesus Christ in that assembly hall, in that arena. And that’s what we want to convey, that there’s acceptance and that there’s love and that there’s hope if people will seek out the living Christ. And that’s the message we want to spread on August 6th.
Pamela Arnold, speaking of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann who this week filed paperwork to seek the presidency in 2012.
What an amazing imagination. Her ideology is so powerful that she can construct a reality just on a moment’s notice.
Texas state Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, commenting on legislation that would allow school districts to furlough teachers and prevent use of the state’s rainy day fund to cover projected student enrollment growth.
I think the budget crisis has been an excuse to do things to schools that they always wanted to do.