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▪ “For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama's failed policies.” — Jeb Bush endorsing Ted Cruz for president and dissing The Donald in the process.

The Bush family has turned against the GOP frontrunner, which is no surprise given Trump’s ongoing criticism of President George W. Bush and his criticism of Jeb Bush as “low energy.”

▪ “Pic of your wife not from us. Donald, if you try to attack Heidi, you're more of a coward than I thought. #classless." — Ted Cruz tweeting about an attack from Trump, who had threatened to “spill the beans” about Cruz’s wife in his own tweet.

Trump said he was upset because of a new ad targeted at Mormons that shows Trump's wife, Melania, posing nude. CNN reported that the ad was produced by an anti-Trump super PAC, Make America Awesome, which has no known connection to the Cruz campaign. Exactly what Trump was referring to about “spilling the beans” was unclear.

▪ “SB 439 blatantly seeks to muzzle our Kansas Supreme Court and compromises its ability to freely interpret and serve as the ultimate arbiter of Kansas law.” — Kansas state Sen. Tom Holland, a Baldwin City Democrat, on a bill that narrowly passed the Senate, which would expand the list of impeachable offenses for the governor, Supreme Court justices and other officials.

Among those offenses is discourteous behavior and usurping power from other branches of government. Democrats continue to insist that the bill is aimed at the state Supreme Court in a bid to intimidate judges on school finance issues.

▪ “I fear we’re losing an entire generation of engineers.” — Kansas state Rep. Jerry Lunn, an Overland Park Republican, urging the repeal of Common Core education standards, which he said were undermining English and math instruction in Kansas.

Still, the House rejected an attempt to repeal the standards, which are designed to better prepare students for life after high school. Opponents are unlikely to disappear.

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