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Capitol Quotes: June 24, 2011

“Now, they’re in two court houses and Huppenthal is in the worst of all possible positions, his own experts told him no violation and now he’s trying to discredit his own experts…” — Attorney Richard Martinez on Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal’s decision to find the Tucson Unified School District Mexican American Studies program out of compliance with HB2281.

“Anyone who understands the LDS church organization understands that there are no mavericks in that organization. No one’s taking a flier. No one’s winging it. When the public affairs office issues a statement, you don’t have to wonder if someone’s getting creative in the margin.”— Stan Rasmussen, legislative director for the Sutherland Institute, a Salt Lake City-based conservative think tank, on Mormons who say the LDS church’s recent statements about illegal immigration are not definitive or don’t reflect the official position of church leadership.

“That’s not an unusual thing for him to only read what he wants to read.” — Former Rep. Bill Konopnicki, on fellow Mormon Russell Pearce’s interpretation of the LDS church’s recent statements opposing enforcement-only illegal immigration legislation.

“I think more of them have listened to Russell Pearce than have listened to Judge Bolton, in terms of tailoring their approach to reflect her concern.” — Mike Hethmon, of the Washington, DC-based Immigration Reform Law Center, on the numerous states that have passed SB 1070-style immigration enforcement bills.

“You don’t sue for the headline. You only sue if you can knock off enough signatures to call off the election.” — Republican political consultant Constantin Querard speaking on June 21 about the likelihood of a challenge to the petition signatures in the effort to recall Senate President Russell Pearce.

“I know that you’re not trained in the law — you might be the chairman — but I am.” — Corporation Commissioner Paul Newman, a Democrat, to Republican Chairman Gary Pierce during a June 23 hearing.

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