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April 30, 2015

"You don't have to be as smart as a fifth-grader to know that what causes the climate is the sun – the sun. People tell me carbon diox­ide warms the Earth. No, it doesn't. The sun warms the Earth."

– Council Member Don Zimmerman responds to a presentation by scientist Katharine Hayhoe on how climate change affects Austin.

April 23, 2015

"Through this amendment we are facilitating the victimization of the people we are sworn to serve, protect, and lead."

– APD Chief Art Acevedo, on state open carry legislation, specifically the amendment prohibiting law enforcement from confirming whether a gun-holder has a license to carry.

April 16, 2015

"GOV. PERRY needs to FIRMLY tell our Muslim President that TEXAS WILL NOT be participating in his little relocation program of BIO-WEAPONS."

– Rebecca Forest, Council Member Don Zimmerman's nominee to the city's Commission on Immigrant Affairs, in an Aug. 2, 2014, Facebook post, on Central American refugees.

April 9, 2015

"The mayor says he needs 12 staff. We have a staff member for nine of us, and we don't get paid."

– AISD Trustee Paul Saldaña contrasts the school board life with that of a Council member.

April 2, 2015

"My goal is for everyone to be abstinent until they are married."

– State Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, when asked what he hoped to achieve by sponsoring an amendment that would divert $3 million from HIV/STD prevention to abstinence education.

March 26, 2015

"Imagine in 2017 a new president signing legislation repealing every word of Obamacare."

– U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announcing his presidential bid Monday; on Tuesday he told the media he'll be enrolling in the Affordable Care Act.

March 18, 2015

"[They should] get help somewhere."

– Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, author of open carry bill SB 17, in response to those who fear seeing others openly armed with handguns in public places.

March 12, 2015

"We know the march is not yet over; we know the race is not yet won."

– President Barack Obama on the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma.

March 5, 2015

"You can't vaccinate against stupid."

– Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, castigates anti-vaxxers opposing his and Austin Rep. Donna Howard's House Bill 465, modernizing the state's antiquated immunization registry.

February 26, 2015

"We declare this state to be the sovereign territory of Jesus Christ."

– Pastor David Welch at Texas Faith and Family Day at the Texas Capitol, attend­ed by Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and other conservative lawmakers

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