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“I’m not going to get rolled again this year like every single year in the past.” — Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican from Lake Havasu, complaining about “liberal” House Republicans whom he said want to push more spending and a tax increase.

“I want to implore my colleagues to stop bullying Senator Gould.” — Sen. Paula Aboud, a Democrat from Tucson, responding in jest to Gould’s complaint.

“It might be the only money that goes back to the Navajo Nation by statute, but occasionally we do try to buy off a legislator from District 2 in the budget.” – Sen. Jack Harper, a Republican from Surprise, commenting April 28 on a compact with Diné College, which was being reviewed by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

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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.