Here’s what those wild and wooly Mo-Kan pols said in 2015:
▪ “Manly firmness.” — Missouri Rep. Mike Moon, an Ash Grove Republican, urging the state’s congressional delegation to use this type of force to repeal Obamacare.
▪ “I don’t think you prove your manhood by kicking folks off their health coverage.” — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, in response.
▪ “I don’t like politics. I really don’t. I think it’s by and large a pain in the ass.” — Mayor Sly James of Kansas City.
▪ “In Kansas I understand it is easier to get a divorce than it is to get out of your cellphone contract.” — Kansas Rep. Steve Brunk, a Wichita Republican, who investigated “the decline of the institution of marriage.”
▪ “This is not Kansas. This is not what the state was founded on. It’s not what we believe in.” — Former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius criticizing Gov. Sam Brownback’s decision to rescind protections to LGBT state employees.
▪ “Kind of like a website.” — Sebelius speaking at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas when she experienced microphone problems. She was referring to the well-publicized problems with the Obamacare website she once oversaw.
▪ “For now, I’m aware of the fact that they still want Dad around. Dad’s still cool.” — Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders talking about his sons, ages 8 and 11, and his decision to not seek statewide office in 2016. Sanders ended the year by resigning from office.
▪ “Your hope, when you see something this jarring, is that (Ferguson) is an outlier. But deep inside you, you know there are still challenges throughout our state.” — Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri speaking about race.
▪ “I want to take this opportunity to call on Kris Kobach, the most racist politician in America today, to resign from office.” — Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley speaking about the Republican secretary of state. Kobach had appeared to agree with a caller on a radio program who speculated that President Barack Obama would seek a moratorium on the prosecution of all African-American criminals.
▪ “Having foot surgery tomorrow. No, haters, not to remove from my mouth.” — McCaskill on Twitter in March.
▪ “You’re darn right I’ll put that on. Absolutely!” — Brownback donning a “Kings of Kansas” T-shirt following Wichita State’s upset win over KU in the NCAA playoffs.
▪ “I’m so sorry. I just can’t take being unemployed again.” — The total content of Spence Jackson’s suicide note. Jackson had been an aide to Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who had committed suicide earlier.
▪ “Flyover country no more.” — Mayor James’ upbeat assessment of Kansas City.
▪ “I was 7 feet tall before this started.” — UMKC Chancellor Leo Morton to students in the wake of the Bloch School controversy.
▪ “A stupid thing to do.” — Former Missouri House speaker John Diehl on his sexually charged texts with a college intern that caused his resignation in May.
▪ “He’s looking hale and heartier, and I think he may run again.” — Brownback speaking about then-91-year-old Bob Dole in May.
▪ “I’m pleading with you, really.” — Brownback urging Republican lawmakers to back a final tax increase plan at the end of the longest session in state history.
▪ “Brownback’s tax policy is Robin Hood in reverse. He steals from the poor to benefit the rich.” — Hensley.
▪ “We didn’t have another Kent State.” — Nixon reflecting on what went right in Ferguson.
▪ “I can’t get past the hair thing.” — Nixon assessing Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Nixon is a Hillary Clinton backer.
▪ “I have just one word for Donald Trump: Basta! Enough!” — Hillary Clinton in Kansas City at the convention of the National Council of La Raza urging the real estate mogul to stop disparaging Hispanics.
▪ “I will not put my family, myself or the Senate through the process of dealing with the veracity of false allegations and character assassination against me.” — Missouri Sen. Paul LeVota, an Independence Democrat, announcing his resignation in July in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against interns.
▪ “Shut the hell up.” — McCaskill on the “Late Show With Stephen Colbert” addressing men who talk too much. Added the senator: “The world doesn’t need your opinion on everything.”
▪ “New York is New York. It’s a city that never sleeps. Kansas City is Kansas City. It’s a city that never quits.” — Mayor James after the Royals won the World Series.