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Capitol Quotes: May 7, 2010

“What they’re asking for is more Border Patrol, more fences, moats.” — U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, on calls for increased security on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Right now, we are standing in the cross-hairs of history in this state, and as sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona, there is much work yet to do.” — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, commenting in a media statement about why de decided against running for governor.

“When you do targeted tax cuts, they’re essentially cuts to groups that can hire a lobbyist and send them down to the Capitol to carve them out a tax cut.” — Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican, explaining his opposition to tax credits to lure businesses to Arizona.

“The attorney general announced he is not interested in defending the state of Arizona, again.” — Paul Senseman, a spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer, on Attorney General Terry Goddard’s decision to recuse himself from the lawsuits filed against the state over S1070.

“The other gorilla in the room is still Prop 100.” — Pollster Jim Haynes, of the Behavior Research Center, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s rising poll numbers, and how the May 18 special election might affect them.

“To me, he just likes to hear himself.”
— Rep. Martha Garcia, a Democrat from Phoenix, talking about former Rep. Steve Gallardo, who is
challenging her for the Senate this year.

“This is the problem with these crazies — they don’t take the money into account. They don’t realize that funding drives everything.” — Kevin Gibbons, a Mesa immigration attorney, explaining how S1070 will overload immigration courts.

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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.