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Capitol Quotes: February 1, 2013

“The question is, ‘Why would you trade in a silk purse for a sow’s ear as far as literacy standards are concerned?’”  — Sandra Stotsky, a University of Arkansas professor, questioning why Arizona would replace its current educational standards with Common Core.

“I’d be happy to talk to anybody, but unfortunately, that ship has pretty much sailed. Common Core has the support of the governor, heads of business and a budget is being put forth.”  — House Education Committee Chairman Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, saying the standards are becoming a reality in Arizona.

“It’s a dog whistle to religious conservatives  — everyone knows these bills are about creationism.” — Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education on bills in Arizona and elsewhere designed to teach children to think more critically about scientific theories. 

“We can’t fix what happened this year. But put this into effect and in a few election cycles you’re going to see fewer provisional ballots.”  — Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, on her election reform legislation.

“We need to put in place every measure possible to make it harder for the wrong people to get weapons.” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, saying laws need to deal with mental health issues as well as gun control.

“I think the concern is which comes first, the duck or the egg?’’  — Gov. Jan Brewer, who asserted that border security needs to come before other immigration reforms.

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