“I’m not going to let this freaking governor push me around. This is pure, stupid, stubborn Jan Brewer.” — Sen. Frank Antenori, threatening to kill any attempt to remove IRC Chair Colleen Mathis if the move didn’t include referring Prop. 106 back to the ballot as well.
“I want them.” — Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the shift of state prisoners with sentences of a year or less to county jails under provisions of a 2011 budget bill designed to save the state money. Most county sheriffs don’t want the extra prisoners.
“We’re in uncharted waters. We just have to kind of go day by day.” — Ray Bladine, executive director of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, on the unanswered questions surrounding the panel’s future after the removal of Chair Colleen Mathis.
“I would hope they would be very grateful that the so-called voluntary contributions are going to stop and would accept the return to the prior sentencing policy.” — Rep. John Kavanagh on efforts by county lobbyists to repeal a law that shifts certain state prisoners to county jails. Counties also want an end to forced contributions to the state, which Kavanagh is willing to accept.