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Capitol Quotes: Dec. 24, 2010

“I think that from our perspective the gun lobby has crossed the line of logic on this.” — Brian Malte of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, commenting on legislation to allow guns on college campuses in Arizona.

“Taxpayer dollars should never be used to influence an election, any election, and if they want to maintain a relationship with the school districts, then they need to prohibit such actions from happening in the future.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, who is unhappy that the Arizona School Boards Association donated money to the campaign against Proposition 302.

“That’s the first time I’ve heard them call the transplants ‘potentially life-saving.’” — Incoming Senate Minority Leader David Schapira, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s reference to the state’s elimination of organ transplant services in a recent letter to U.S. Rep. John Boehner.

“That would be like asking, are you looking for ways to grow government spending in a year when … there’s one-and-a-half-billion dollars or so in deficits?” — Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman, on whether the governor will reinstate organ transplant services that were eliminated earlier this year as part of the state’s cost-reduction strategy.

“Anybody who says they know the answer to that is lying.” — Redistricting expert Tony Sissons, on the difficulty of determining what Arizona would’ve had to do to get a 10th congressional district.

‘This governor is an opportunist.’ — Senate Minority Leader David Schapira, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s varied reactions to the controversy over organ transplants.

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