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Capitol Quotes 4/2/10

“You’re going to hear a lot of things that are similar. The question is, who can you trust?” – State Treasurer Dean Martin, on the differences between himself and the other Republican gubernatorial candidates.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if J.D. Hayworth wins the primary, all you’re going to need is three months to win this thing.” – Democratic lobbyist David Waid on the primary battle between former U.S. Rep. J.D. Hayworth and Sen. John McCain, and the Democrats’ chances for capitalizing on the fallout.

“Members, the bell is not working, but the board is open. Ring, ring, ring.” – House Speaker Kirk Adams on the floor March 29, reacting to a malfunction with the bell that announces voting has begun.

“I’ve read the bull – er, bill.” – House Assistant Minority Leader Kyrsten Sinema, a Phoenix Democrat, speaking in the House Appropriations Committee March 30 about the federal health care reform legislation.

“Every year it’s this beast that has to be fed.” – Lobbyist Ryan Anderson, on the spate of bills filed every year in the Legislature regarding homeowners associations.

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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.