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Capitol Quotes 3/26/2010

“I wouldn’t bet a whole lot of money on those lawsuits being successful. I think most of these arguments were settled as a result of the Civil War.” – John Rivers, president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, on the lawsuit being filed by 13 state attorneys general against the federal health care bill.

“We really need Canadians. They like Arizona, and they come here. Do you know how hard it is to annoy a Canadian?” – Rep. Matt Heinz, a Democrat from Tucson, speaking March 24 in the House Appropriations Committee about some perturbed Canadians who contacted him to complain about the interstate highway rest areas the state closed to cope with budget shortfalls.

“So much of the language is new and appears to be contradictory that we feel like this is a going to be a full employment act for lawyers.” – Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, who raised concerns about a bill that would lift some zoning restrictions on churches.

“If you have 100 people in a boat, all with the same opinion, 99 of them are unnecessary. I feel like I’m watching a Glenn Beck episode.” – Republican gubernatorial candidate Matthew Jette at a March 22 candidate forum in Tempe, where he disagreed with the five other candidates on tax cuts, illegal immigration, charter schools, health care and a host of other conservative issues.

“The Legislature has a plan in place to cut a billion dollars if it doesn’t pass. … Why don’t they just cut the billion dollars? That’s kind of screwy.” – Republican gubernatorial candidate Owen “Buz” Mills on Prop 100.

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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.