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Capitol Quotes: Sept. 30, 2011

“We’re making sausage here. It’s not a clean process.” — Republican redistricting Commissioner Richard Stertz on the commission’s attempt to balance proposed congressional districts.

“It’s nice to dream, but the state has to stay fiscally afloat.” — Rep. John Kavanagh on the Arizona Board of Regents’ 17.5 percent proposed budget increase for fiscal year 2013.

“Everything we do is performance-based. It is a quid pro quo. You do not get front-ended deal-closing money and then walk away.” — Arizona Commerce Authority President and CEO Don Cardon, on the stringent requirements for getting grants from the ACA’s
$25 million deal-closing fund.

“Where’s Gloria Allred when you need her? A Hispanic woman doesn’t have a right to run? Does Jerry Lewis think this race is only for white male
Mormons? Pretty shameful, in my opinion.” — Senate President Russell Pearce, on the lawsuit seeking to knock alleged sham candidate Olivia Cortes off the ballot for his Nov. 8 recall election.

“We have a two-party system in the United States, and I believe that’s the opportunity where we have a philosophical difference, and people should be able to run on those platforms.” — Gov. Jan Brewer, on the top-two primary initiative filed with the Secretary of State’s Office.

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