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Capitol Quotes: April 26, 2013

“Inadequate.’’ — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s one-word description of Arizona’s lobbying reporting system.

“My campaign will not run from the major issues.” — State Sen. Al Melvin, R-SaddleBrooke, announcing an exploratory committee for a gubernatorial run.

“What sets me apart is I’ve got a proven track record of how to create big change in a space where everyone can be part of the process.” — Democrat Fred DuVal, formally announcing his candidacy for governor.

“Bad things will definitely happen if the Medicaid expansion isn’t approved. That worries me a lot.” — Sen. John McComish, R-Phoenix, saying he remains undecided on the expansion but that Gov. Jan Brewer’s arguments in favor of it are very persuasive.

“Let’s not rush in this. The expansion will be there tomorrow.” — Rep. Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, saying Arizona should take its time to decide on whether to change its Medicaid program.

“I am confident public surveys will show upon my filing that I am a leading candidate for governor.’’  — Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas in an email announcing his plans to run for governor.

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