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Capitol Quotes 4/24

“We’re not even playing footsie — we’re texting.” — Assistant House Minority Leader Kyrsten Sinema, likening the budget process to dating.

“Let’s say Sarah Palin was acceptable, and I voted for her.” — Chris Simcox, explaining why he voted for Sen. John McCain last November.

“There is an irresistible urge by the government above you to tinker with or tell you what to do.” — Mesa City Councilman John Kavanaugh, on a proposal to regulate how city police departments enforce immigration laws.

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These members of the Martin Gold family are standing in front of the first large steam engine and threshing machine in the Phoenix area. They are, from left, Martin Gold; his daughter, Rose; an unidentified farmhand; Gold’s daughter, Helen; Dave Martinez; an unidentified young woman; and Gold’s stepson, Ulysses Schofield. The photograph was taken during the harvest in July 1914. Gold brought the first steam thresher to Phoenix.

Martin Gold, Phoenix pioneer (access required)

By all accounts, Martin Gold was a humble and hard-working man. He was popular among the immigrant community, especially the Mexicans—who called him Don Martin—because of his facility with languages.