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Capitol Quotes: January 4, 2013

“Not every single school every single minute has to have somebody there. They can rove, they can be assigned a school, but it would cost very little. They could bring their own weapons.” — Chad Heller, spokesman for the Arizona Citizens Defense League, proposing that Arizona schools be patrolled by retired police officers and retired military veterans with concealed weapons.

“I’m being inundated by offers of support, of money, of organization, both from Washington and here in the state. I’ve still got an open mind on everything. I never intended to run for Senate, but people all over suggested I give it a try. I don’t want to rule anything out right now, but I’ll just keep considering all my options.” — former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, saying he’s considering a run for Arizona governor in 2014.

“And so this image of this fiscally stable state that’s in great shape, to be quite honest with you, that may be the image right now, but I think it’s more of a mirage.’’ — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, on the state’s tenuous growth in revenues.

“There are ZIP codes in Sedona and other places where there is a real risk of a very severe outbreak of a lethal disease. And since it hasn’t happened yet, they see it as theoretical. But if you ask me, it’s a matter of time.” — DHS Director Will Humble, expressing concern about parts of the state where higher percentages of parents opt out of immunizations.

“You can’t just come to the table and say, ‘We want this money, we want millions of dollars for this and that’ and then not bring your vote with you. You have to say, ‘Listen, if you do this, this and this, we’ll vote with you.’ You gotta bring your votes to the table if you want to be involved in the process — that’s what it is.” — House Speaker Andy Tobin, saying Democrats need to start supporting some Republican measures if they want to play a meaningful role in budget discussions.

“I’ve felt for a long time that the presidential primary process disenfranchises Arizona voters. We don’t get the full range of candidates to choose from that other states do and I think that needs to be changed.” — Rep. Phil Lovas of Peoria on why he has introduced a bill to hold Arizona’s presidential primary on the same day as the Iowa caucuses.

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