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Capitol Quotes 4/16/2010

“Being attorney general is a man’s job, and if Andy Thomas wants to attack somebody he should do it himself. He’s always hiding behind Jason Rose and… Barnett Lotsein” – Tom Horne, who is running against Thomas in the Republican primary for attorney general.

“Her parents contacted the scourge of the earth, a trial lawyer, to write a threatening letter” - Sen. Jack Harper, a Republican from Surprise, speaking April 6 in the House Government Committee in support of an amendment to SCR1005 that would exempt public schools and teachers from punitive damages in lawsuits.

“I just don’t think it’s going to be what the Republicans think it’s going to be. I think they hit the high tide a few tea parties ago.” - Rep. Tom Chabin, a Democrat from Flagstaff, commenting on Republicans’ chances in the upcoming elections.

“The greatest medicine is sunshine, and we need sunshine on state government. We need sunshine on local government. You have a right to know how every penny is being spent.” - Sen. Russell Pearce, a Mesa Republican, on past and ongoing efforts to create a state-run Web site that would show government expenditures in more detail.

“According to Tom Horne, ‘Being attorney general is a man’s job.’ Really?” - Leslie Hall, campaign co-chair for Felecia Rotellini, the only woman who is running for attorney general.

“We have no reason to believe that actually occurred.” - Daniel Ruiz, campaign finance manager for the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, commenting on allegations by Gov. Jan Brewer’s campaign that fellow candidate Buz Mills did not properly file an April 1 campaign finance report.

“I think they’ve probably exhausted everything.” - Sen. Paula Aboud, a Democrat from Tucson, on the payday loan industry’s multiple attempts to get legislative approval to continue operating past its June 30 sunset date.

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