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Capitol Quotes 5/29

“I want you to know that the events that led to Kerry’s death are very rare, and that she would not want you to worry. Hug your family and cherish the miracle of life, but don’t worry.” — State Treasurer Dean Martin, speaking about his wife’s death due to complications from childbirth, and the death of their newborn son, Austin, less than three days later.

“I rise neutral to the bill. Can you rise neutral to a bill?” — Rep. Rich Crandall, a Mesa Republican, speaking during floor debate May 28 on a bill that would limit property taxes for education.

“I was not sure what I would do on this bill until I heard Mr. Crandall’s forceful neutrality.” — Rep. Andy Biggs, a Gilbert Republican, responding to Crandall.

“Let’s give her a budget and see if she’ll sign it.” — Sen. Russell Pearce, a Mesa Republican, commenting on sending a budget packet to Gov. Jan Brewer.

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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.