Another Friday! Let’s all say it together: “Ahhhhhhhh.”
▪ “You look too young for a 51-year old!” — Anaya Brodie to first lady Michelle Obama at the White House this week after Obama told the little girl her age.
The first lady hosted an event Wednesday on “Take Your Child to Work Day” for kids of executive office employees and from the Boys and Girls Club. After Brodie made her remark, Obama beckoned her to the stage for a hug.
▪ “I wanted to see a new Attorney General who would be faithful to the law, but her answers made that impossible.” — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, on why he opposed the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general.
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Despite his 10-minute floor speech, Cruz, a 2016 presidential candidate, missed the final vote on Lynch’s nomination and was the only senator to do so.
▪ “It’s not minor. It’s significant. And it’s more significant now than in prior administrations.” — deputy Missouri Auditor Harry Otto on spending by Gov. Jay Nixon’s office that tops what was appropriated for his office by 29 percent.
The auditor’s office criticized Nixon for again pawning off governor’s office expenses on other state agencies, a move that added to the $6.6 million that lawmakers appropriated for the office.
▪ “It seems almost incomprehensible that we ended up as far behind this year as we are.” — Kansas state Rep. Don Hill, an Emporia Republican, on Kansas’ $400 million budget hole.
Gov. Sam Brownback offered a plan Thursday to close the gap by $72 million, a figure that fell far short of balancing the budget for the next two fiscal years.