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Capitol Quotes: March 22, 2013

capitol quotes“Big government is making its way into our bathroom stalls.’’ — Democratic Rep. Jonathan Larkin of Glendale, speaking against a bill to tie bathroom use in Arizona to birth gender.

“It takes years to develop these kinds of assessments. This is just a little late in the process to suddenly blow it up.” — Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, questioning opposition to the state’s new Common Core educational standards.

“AHCCCS has … been my lifeline and is the reason I can see all of you right now. My coverage would end at the end of the year if it’s not expanded.” — Chantal Duquette, a senior at Arizona State University, supporting a plan to expand coverage through the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.

“Jesus fed the hungry before he preached to them.” — Elizabeth Singleton, a Republican and a former AHCCCS patient who also supported expansion of the state’s Medicaid system.

“If Medicaid wasn’t on the docket, we would probably be very, very close to getting out of here very, very quickly… But right now the Medicaid piece is a long way off.” — House Speaker Andy Tobin, predicting that the 2013 legislative session won’t end soon.

“Jesus had Judas. Republicans have Governor Brewer.” — Maricopa County Republican Party Chairman A.J. LaFaro, testifying about grassroots opposition to the governor’s Medicaid expansion plan.

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