Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, questioning an Obama administration program admitting 2,000 Syrian refugees into the country.
I am worried that [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] could exploit this effort in order to deploy operatives to America via a federally funded jihadi pipeline.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, responding to questions about his thoughts on evolution.
I’m going to punt on that one as well. That’s a question a politician shouldn’t be involved in one way or another. I love the evolution of trade in Wisconsin.
Reta Brand, director of the Texas Society Order of Confederate Rose, on Rep. Donna Howard’s recently-filed bill to change Confederate Heroes Day to the more inclusive Civil War Remembrance Day.
We had Confederate Heroes Day before there was a Martin Luther King Jr. Day, why can’t they change theirs? I have no problem with them both being celebrated on the same day because most of the people who celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day don’t celebrate Confederate Heroes Day.
Rev. Dr. Ellin Jimmerson, a Baptist pastor from Huntsville, AL, on the positive changes that can come from legislation supporting equality and civil Rights.
I grew up in the civil rights movement; my parents were civil rights activists. I’m white in the Deep South, and it just seemed segregation and racism were just so a part of our DNA that we could never get past it. If we’ve learned nothing else, we’ve learned that legislation can actually help people to move on past their fears and prejudices and insecurities.
An anonymous donor speaking about Rick Perry’s presidential aspirations ahead of Perry’s speech to the conservative American Principles Project last Thursday.
He and his wife believe they are touched by God, and that this is his time. It’s like they can’t lose, that’s the sense of it.