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Capitol Quotes: December 21, 2012

“I do not see anything good of a massive arms race on our college campuses or, God forbid, on our elementary schools. There’s no good that’s going to come of that.” — Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, saying he opposes an advocacy group’s plan to allow guns in Arizona schools.

“This has clear constitutional problems. I mean we’re not the thought police. You don’t go around and prosecute people for intent, especially when that intent is not realized and no harm is caused to anybody.” — Phoenix attorney Dan Barr, questioning whether an online impersonation bill will ever become law.

“We’re really just talking about identity theft, but modernizing it as it relates to a new tool out there, the Internet.” — Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, sponsor of the online impersonation bill, saying she doesn’t believe it will face any First Amendment problems.

“He was the most popular guy in the state, but he’s been on a long slow ride down. The question was, ‘Could he hang on this one last time?’ And he only won by a hair. It looks like his last hurrah.” — Pollster Michael O’Neil on an analysis showing declining support for Sheriff Joe Arpaio in some of his traditional strongholds.

“Obviously, there are people who continue to believe that the president is not a citizen or whatever. But even if you believed that — and I don’t — it is politically stupid to say it.’’ — Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, on three Arizona electors who questioned President Barack Obama’s birth certificate this week.

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