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Capitol Quotes: Feb. 4, 2010

“This was right around when the Beatles came out.” — Former U.S. Justice Department attorney Christian Adams, on his belief that the preclearance provision in the Voting Rights Act is outdated.

“I think the governor’s doing the right thing. There aren’t many Democrats who will stand up and say that.” — Democratic attorney Paul Eckstein, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s call for counties and other local jurisdictions to get out from under the preclearance requirement in the Voting Rights Act.

“I’m just surprised it didn’t happen before now.” — Sen. Russell Pearce, on the recall efforts against him.

“We’re looking for solutions, and we’re open to answers. All we’re asking is that those solutions be to a billion-dollar problem, because that’s what this is.” — Matt Benson, the governor’s spokesperson, when pressed about restoring coverage for transplant patients

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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.