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My father would not bring home a pen because he thought it was stealing.
Paul Gallant, son of Joseph V. Gallant Jr., who was a Massachusetts state social worker in the 1960s, spent 37 years in state government and in the 1990s implemented sweeping welfare reforms, first as the state's welfare commissioner and later as health secretary, recalling the stringent personal code of ethics of his father, who died recently at the age of 81
>> Boston Globe
I just deal with the reality that sea levels are rising. I don't want to rile people up about it.
Thomas Bradford, the town manager of Palm Beach, Fla.--home of the Mar-a-Lago estate of President-elect Donald Trump, who at various times has questioned climate change or dismissed the idea as a hoax--which this year overhauled 12 pumping stations to push storm runoff up a huge pipe to the Intracoastal Waterway under a 20-year, $120 million infrastructure plan to deal with increased rainfall and street flooding
>> Bloomberg BusinessWeek | Posted Dec. 23, 2016

No jerks, no whiners, no peacocks.
David S. Cohen, who spent six years at the Treasury Department before becoming deputy director of the CIA and who also is the vice president for leadership and innovation at the Partnership for Public Service, quoting the inscription on rubber bracelets that were given out by former treasury secretary Tim Geithner in describing how he tries to model the behavior he expects from others
>> Washington Post | Posted Dec. 22, 2016

I thought it was fake news.
Faith Spotted Eagle, a member of the Yankton Sioux Nation from South Dakota and prominent anti-pipeline activist who is believed to be the first Native American to win an Electoral College vote for president, cast Monday by a Washington state radio host and Puyallup Tribe member, describing her reaction when she heard the news from a reporter
>> Los Angeles Times | Posted Dec. 21, 2016

This is something I worked for a long time, and it finally hit me last night when I didn't have to go home and take tests or a quiz.
Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, who soon will become the state's first woman governor when incumbent Terry Branstad leaves the office to become ambassador to China and who was among more than 2,000 Iowa State University students at Saturday's fall commencement ceremony as she received her first postsecondary degree, a bachelor's in liberal studies with concentrations in political science, business management and communication
>> Des Moines Register | Posted Dec. 20, 2016

I'm a big boy, but this is stupid.
Ash Khare, a Republican presidential elector from Warren County, Pa., who is traveling to the state Capitol in Harrisburg today to cast his vote and estimates that he has been receiving 3,000 to 5,000 emails, letters and phone calls each day, from as far away as Australia, France and Germany, attempting to influence his presidential vote and says he and the state's other 19 electors have each been assigned a plainclothes state police trooper for protection
>> | Posted Dec. 19, 2016

Think of it. We were trying to clear the president. It didn't work out that way.
Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio, announcing that his five-year investigation into President Obama's birth certificate had proved that it was, indeed, a forgery, saying he would turn the information over to the federal government and drawing a response from Obama during a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that "I am so relieved that the whole birther thing is over. I mean, ISIL, North Korea, poverty, climate change--none of those things weighed on my mind like the validity of my birth certificate"
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Dec. 16, 2016

If Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own damn satellite.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, suggesting in a speech to a room of scientists that the state would defy the federal government should President-elect Donald Trump impede California's efforts to fight climate change and warning against proposed budget cuts under the new presidential administration that could effectively eliminate earth-observing satellite programs
>> Sacramento Bee | Posted Dec. 15, 2016

It's when our politics feel most divisive that we are most in need of people like you.
President Obama, in a video message that is likely to be his last address to federal workers before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, telling the employees that their "good work has never been more important" and urging them to continue providing the country with vital services
>> Government Executive | Posted Dec. 14, 2016

Get your head out of your app.
The name picked by the Michigan State Police for an anti-distracted-driving campaign running through this Friday, in which the agency will use troopers in unmarked vehicles in the Detroit area to look for distracted-driving offenses, which were blamed for 28 fatal crashes in the state in 2015--double the number of the previous year
>> Detroit Free Press | Posted Dec. 13, 2016

You know, I'm, like, a smart person. I don't have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day for the next eight years.
President-elect Donald Trump, saying he does not need a presidential intelligence briefing every day, suggesting that such briefings are repetitive and he is happy to rely on those around him on matters of intelligence and national security but adding that he does tell those offering intelligence information that "if something should change, let us know"
>> Politico | Posted Dec. 12, 2016

Zero-G and I feel fine. Oh, and that view is tremendous.
John Glenn, the last survivor of the original seven Mercury astronauts and former U.S. senator who died Thursday at the age of 95, several minutes into his Feb. 20, 1962, mission aboard the Friendship 7 capsule as he became the first American to orbit the earth
>> Reuters | Posted Dec. 9, 2016

We don't want to sacrifice quality. If we lower the quality, yes, we might be able to make our mission, but that's not good for the organization.
Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, commanding general of the Army's Recruiting Command, acknowledging that the service is having trouble recruiting the 80,000 new soldiers it needs this fiscal year because most would-be recruits don't meet the "physical and moral" requirements to join or are misinformed about the military, but saying that he doesn't believe that changing or adjusting the requirements would be beneficial
>> Arizona Republic | Posted Dec. 8, 2016

This is so much fun!
Marshawna Williams, a Portland State University admissions counselor who this fall admitted dozens of students in numerous high-school visits after examining their transcripts and college entrance exam scores as part of an "instant admission" program that PSU and other regional schools are offering in hopes of luring more soon-to-be-graduating seniors to their campuses
>> Portland Oregonian | Posted Dec. 7, 2016

I ask you to please bear with me. This is going to be tough.
Susana Mendoza, the former Chicago city clerk and state legislator who dubbed herself an independent fiscal watchdog in her campaign for Illinois comptroller and was sworn in to her new post Monday at a time when the state has more than 126,000 unpaid bills totaling more than $10.3 billion
>> Chicago Sun-Times | Posted Dec. 6, 2016

Personally, I regard being included on such a list as a badge of honor--like being on Richard Nixon's list.
Norman Markowitz, a veteran history professor at Rutgers University who was among nearly 200 academics on a watchlist put out by Turning Point USA, a nonprofit conservative group, singling out college professors described as having "leftist" and "radical" agendas and which described Markowitz as writing and teaching about communism from a "Marxist perspective"
>> | Posted Dec. 5, 2016

We're not three-year-olds who need sippy cups.
Minnesota state Sen. Torrey Westrom, who is among members trying to relax some of the chamber's strict rules of decorum, which include a ban on bringing food and beverages including bottled water to the Senate floor, a rule that supporters say is needed to protect the chamber's antique desks from water damage
>> Minneapolis Star Tribune | Posted Dec. 2, 2016

First, you've got to be asked, and nobody's asked.
Tony Scott, the federal government's chief information officer, saying he's excited about the progress that's been made during his time in government and is open to the idea of remaining beyond President Obama's administration, adding that maintaining the momentum of modernizing federal information technology is not a partisan issue
>> Federal Computer Week | Posted Dec. 1, 2016

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