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Capitol Quotes: Sept. 9, 2011

“When you see that the need is so great… you might be willing to go more than halfway.” — Susan Carlson, executive director of Arizona Business and Education Coalition, on negotiations involving a proposed ballot measure to raise taxes for education.

“I would imagine the landscape will change a bit tomorrow. I’m anticipating that, particularly over the weekend, we will probably see a large number of signs go up.” — Christine Zielonka, director of Mesa’s development and sustainability office. Sept. 9 is when campaign signs can go up in the city.

“We will request only that Senator Gould — who has already publicly advocated violence upon the Senator in addition to pronouncing him guilty of both the now dismissed charge of assault and soon-to-be dismissed charge of endangerment — recuse himself from this proceeding so that it may be conducted fairly and impartially in a transparent manner for all to see.” — James Austin Woods, Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s lawyer, in a letter to Senate President Russell Pearce.

“You know, I think this is why defense attorneys have a bad name in society, and that’s really all I have to say about it. It’s baseless.” — Sen. Ron Gould, saying he won’t be dragged into a tit-for-tat with Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s lawyer.

“I would imagine the landscape will change a bit tomorrow. I’m anticipating that, particularly over the weekend, we will probably see a large number of signs go up.” — Christine Zielonka, director of Mesa’s development and sustainability office. Sept. 9 is when campaign signs can go up in the city.

“We will request only that Senator Gould — who has already publicly advocated violence upon the Senator in addition to pronouncing him guilty of both the now dismissed charge of assault and soon-to-be dismissed charge of endangerment — recuse himself from this proceeding so that it may be conducted fairly and impartially in a transparent manner for all to see.” — James Austin Woods, Sen. Scott Bundgaard’s lawyer, in a letter to Senate President Russell Pearce.

“We’re not asking for the moon, but the safety of our kids really has to be the forefront.” — Jaime Molera, Arizona State Board of Education member, on plans to ask Legislature for money for more investigators to probe teacher misconduct.

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