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Capitol Quotes: Jan. 20, 2012

“I didn’t have any issues with the comments from Mr. Farley, which is a bit unusual.” — Sierra Club lobbyist Sandy Bahr during her testimony on HB2025 in the House Agriculture & Water Committee on Jan. 19, referring to earlier testimony from Arizona Association of Realtors’ lobbyist Tom Farley.

“They need to be heard. We could outvote them outright, but they need to be heard and given the chance to represent the voters who sent them here.” — Senate President Steve Pierce on his belief that Democrats, outnumbered 2-to-1 in both legislative chambers, should have an opportunity to bring their policy ideas forward for fair debate.

“Since we seem to be the ones that are given the constitutional duties of appropriations, I think that would be our decision, not the activist courts and other clowns who like to interfere.” — Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, on whether the Legislature has to fully comply with the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s imminent request for more funding for the current fiscal year.

“I wouldn’t say we’re looking to not pay him, but obviously we want to look out for the citizens of Arizona.” — Mary Peters, chair of the Arizona Commerce Authority’s compensation committee, on whether the agency can recoup a $50,000 signing bonus to outgoing CEO Don Cardon.

“I am a Democrat … and I think Democrats have been on the right side of most justice issues. But this one is something that we differ on.” — Rev. Warren Stewart, of Phoenix’s First Institutional Baptist Church, on his decision to stay out of the U.S. Senate race after polling showed that Democratic primary voters wouldn’t support a pro-life candidate.

“That was a cheap shot and there was no excuse for it.” — Tom Chabin, D-Flagstaff, apologizing to ASU President Michael Crow after Chabin sarcastically noted during a discussion on rising tuition rates that he graduated from NAU and not an Ivy League school where Crow was previously employed.

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