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Capitol Quotes: Jan. 28, 2011

“Sometimes, the socio-conservative in me is conflicted with the libertarian in me. Sometimes the socio-conservative wins. Sometimes the libertarian wins. Today, the libertarian wins.” — Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican who voted against the bill that is aimed at stopping the proposed casino in Glendale.

“We may be the minority party but we are the watchdog for the people of this state.” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell explaining how Democrats are attempting to position themselves at the Legislature.

“It’s a commercial play to squeeze us out of the market.” — Ron Tully, an executive of National Tobacco, which manufacturers “blunt wraps.” Tully is opposed to legislation being pushed by a national trade group for cigar companies that would prohibit the manufacture of the wraps.

“Guilty as charged.” — U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke on the increase of prosecutions of illegal entry, human smuggling and drug smuggling cases that partly led to the judicial emergency declared for the over-burdened U.S. District Court for Arizona.

“His choosing of those two words were very insightful. What they mean, I’m not sure.” — Rep. Russ Jones, a Yuma Republican, on the newly elected state GOP Party Chairman Tom Morrissey’s use of the label “constitutional conservative” to describe himself.

‘A guy named Prescott Winslow lost in Winslow. Why was that?’ — Andrei Cherny, on Democrats’ poor showing in the 2010 election.

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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.