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Capitol Quotes: March 16, 2012

“Never let a supermajority go to waste.” — Starlee Rhoades, VP of communications for the Goldwater Institute, on the pressure to pass conservative legislation while the GOP still has supermajorities in both chambers.

“I’m all for efficiency, but I’m also all for information.” — Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix, during the March 14 floor debate of HB2571, a bill that makes sweeping changes to the state personnel system. She was responding to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Justin Olson, R- Mesa, who had told his colleagues that every question they asked him about the bill meant a longer floor session.

“This is a culture change and I recognize that. But this parade of horribles that I’ve heard described, reverting back to a spoils system, something that resembles a banana republic, are far-fetched claims.” — Rep. Justin Olson, R-Mesa, on Democratic criticism of HB2571, Gov. Brewer’s personnel reform plan.

“I’m not OK with any of it, but that’s what happens when you have the Sword of Damocles hanging over your head.” — Clean Elections chairman Todd Lang on the reform package being negotiated in return for having the Clean Elections repeal referendum dropped.

“We haven’t lost a court case yet and our attorneys don’t see us losing this one if we need to go to court.” — Independent Redistricting Commission Executive Director Ray Bladine, on the possibility of a lawsuit against the state to get more funding for the IRC in FY12.

“It’s not part of my diabolical plan to allow people to express their Second Amendment rights.” — Sen. Ron Gould commenting on how one of his numerous gun bills is only a “clean-up” bill, and not part of larger gun law agenda.

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