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Capitol Quotes 5/22

“I think we can do at least three, maybe five. I mean, we’re not going to privatize death row, obviously.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills, speaking about the possibility of privatizing prisons. The comment was made less than a week before the release of a Senate Appropriations budget proposal that included the privatization of the Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman, which includes the state’s death row.

“The biggest room in the House is the room for improvement.” — Rep. Carl Seel, a Republican from Phoenix, talking to a reporter May 21 about the budget.

“We cannot hold law enforcement agencies accountable for their performance when they can file any performance they want.” — Goldwater Institute attorney Clint Bolick, criticizing Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for the methods used by the Sheriff’s Office to report case-clearance statistics to the FBI.

“This whole flap we’ve had over putting in checks and balances has been way overblown.” — State Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen, commenting on his relationship with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.

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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.