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Top 10 Quotes of the Week

January 2, 2015, News

1) "Only when I have sex."Daniel Rugg Webb's response to President Barack Obama asking, "Are you gay?" at Franklin Barbecue. The Chronicle's "Gay Place" post on the exchange exploded nationwide. (July 18)

2) "The sun is gonna shine again tomorrow." – Council Member Mike Martinez, conceding the mayoral election to Steve Adler during his run-off watch party at the Rattle Inn. (Dec. 19)

3) "To the world, I had an abortion." – State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, challenging claims that abortion causes negative psychological effects, during the Texas Tribune Fest women's health panel. (Sept. 26)

4) "To the candidates going on to the run-off, my message is this: Don't run away from diversity. Don't just give it lip service. Embrace it." – Mayor pro tem and defeated mayoral candidate Sheryl Cole, addressing supporters during her election-night concession speech at Clive Bar. (Nov. 7)

5) "Do you know how long that takes in Texas at 75 miles an hour?" – 5th Circuit Judge Edith Jones, questioning the hardship imposed on South Texas women who must now drive as many as 300 miles round-trip to obtain legal abortion care. (Jan. 10)

6) "Immigrants often carry invisible diseases." – Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Patrick, R-Houston, when asked about border security during a campaign debate against state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte. (Oct. 3)

7) "Politicians have to blame somebody. It's bullshit because these are real families, human beings, and that's not the American way." – APD Chief Art Acevedo on resistance to immigration reform. (May 30)

8) "Tonight, Texan women got justice." Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman's Health, on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to block parts of Texas abortion law House Bill 2. (Oct. 17)

9) "There is no Plan B." – Mayor Lee Leffingwell, rejecting the idea of potential alternatives to the proposed Project Connect urban rail plan, defeated in November. (June 27)

10) "My hunch is that more people voted for her." – Travis County judge candidate Andy Brown, when asked why he thought he was trailing Sarah Eckhardt in the early returns. (March 7)

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