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Capitol Quotes: April 15, 2010

“The Senate Judiciary Committee is a bastion of free speech.” — Sen. Ron Gould after a speaker went off subject and complained about a lack of benefits for the Board of Executive Clemency while speaking on behalf of a confirmation nominee for that board.

“I get one every day.” — Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, reacting in jest to gubernatorial vetoes. Gov. Jan Brewer had rejected Yarbrough’s bill, which deals with the exercise of religion. Brewer also vetoed a Yarbrough bill expanding the STO program.

“Time heals a lot of wounds, especially political wounds. And I think that’s going to be the case for a lot of these people.” — Political consultant Jason Rose, on his expectation that most of the legislators caught up in the Fiesta Bowl scandal won’t suffer at the polls for it.

“Why should I? I’m not required to.” — Former Sen. Bob Blendu, on why he doesn’t plan to amend his financial disclosure statements to include two Fiesta Bowl trips.

“We need to do whatever it is that is necessary in order to try to preserve that sports team.” — Gov. Jan Brewer, after urging Goldwater Institute President Darcy Olsen to set up a meeting with Glendale officials to work out a deal on the city’s controversial Phoenix Coyotes proposal.

“Sometimes you need divine intervention.” — Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, explaining why he had taped a cross to his desk on the Senate floor.

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