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Capitol Quotes: March 23, 2012

“How ironic that the party that says it wants less government and less intrusion into people’s lives has decided that intruding into women’s personal, medical, economic and relationship issues is justified by their fundamentalist, Taliban-like religious beliefs.” — Sen. Linda Lopez, a Democrat from Tucson, decrying a slew of proposals backed by Center for Arizona Policy.

“The Democrats right now, they are huddling and they are trying to figure out how can they capture CD9. And make no mistake about it, this will be a huge pickup for them. But make no mistake about it, they will not prevail.” — Republican Vernon Parker, on his candidacy for the 9th Congressional District.

“I named this the zombie apocalypse Appropriations meeting because they keep coming back. I guess we didn’t shoot them in the head the first time.” — Sen. Ron Gould on the numerous previously stalled bills being revived late in the session in the form of strike-everything amendments.

“I do plan to be the incumbent running in CD2. I’m going to be in this all the way.” — Former Gabrielle Giffords district director Ron Barber on his decision to run in the CD2 regular election, in addition to the CD8 special election.

“It is ironic that an organization founded in principles of freedom and limited government could have come to such a dictatorial turn.” — U.S. Rep. Ben Quayle in a letter responding to the Club for Growth’s threats to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner.

“That’s going to get worse.” — Former Arizona GOP Chairman Mike Hellon, on the increasingly hostile campaign between U.S. Reps. Ben Quayle and David Schweikert.

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