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Capitol Quotes: Dec. 9, 2011

“Oh, God. No, but I’m afraid I will become familiar with them shortly.” — Rep. John Kavanagh responding to whether he was familiar with a coalition that aims to put a tax hike for education on the November 2012 ballot.

“This court has recognized that its authority does have bounds.” — Gov. Jan Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson, on the Arizona Court of Appeals’ ruling in favor of deep cuts to AHCCCS.

“If they’re going to take food off of your children’s plate, you’re going to go to war with them and that’s what this is.” — President Diane Enos of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the Tohono O’odham Nation’s effort to build a casino on land surrounded by Glendale.

“If there’s some vast conspiracy being dictated by the Democratic Party, please let me know about it because I’ve been drawn into a district with four incumbents myself.” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, speaking to the IRC about GOP allegations that the commission favored Democrats by packing Republican incumbents together.

“The patient is sick. He’s not getting sicker. He’s actually getting better, but just because he’s getting better doesn’t mean he’s fully recovered. So don’t confuse that.” — Economist Elliott Pollock, describing Arizona’s recovery from the recession.

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