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Capitol Quotes: May 17, 2013

“They shouldn’t take it personally, but they do. I had to remind Senator (Michele) Reagan that when I tore her bills apart in caucus that it wasn’t personal.” — Former lawmaker Ron Gould, suggesting lawmakers are better off if they have a thick skin.

“This is a fight for Republican votes. The House and Senate are controlled by Republicans. Everyone knows we can’t get this done with Democrat votes alone.” — Matthew Benson, spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer, on her Medicaid expansion strategy.

“You can’t make a deal that will bind future Legislatures. [Those deals] aren’t worth the paper they’re not written on.” — Senate President Andy Biggs of Gilbert on an agreement last year to go easy on Clean Elections in 2013.

“Had I known there were scratches, I would have left my name and contact information so that I could have taken care of this personally.” — Attorney General Tom Horne, in a statement after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge involving a hit-and-run traffic accident in a Phoenix parking garage.

“This ruling confirms yet again what we have held since the beginning of this long and drawn out process — our pursuit of the West Valley Resort is firmly grounded in the law.” — Ned Norris Jr., Tohono O’odham chairman, in a statement on a judge’s ruling to allow a casino next to Glendale.

“There’s nothing else that could have changed my position. That’s how important the pro-life issue is to me.” — Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix, explaining how his stand against abortion funding transformed him into an opponent of Medicaid expansion.

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These members of the Martin Gold family are standing in front of the first large steam engine and threshing machine in the Phoenix area. They are, from left, Martin Gold; his daughter, Rose; an unidentified farmhand; Gold’s daughter, Helen; Dave Martinez; an unidentified young woman; and Gold’s stepson, Ulysses Schofield. The photograph was taken during the harvest in July 1914. Gold brought the first steam thresher to Phoenix.

Martin Gold, Phoenix pioneer (access required)

By all accounts, Martin Gold was a humble and hard-working man. He was popular among the immigrant community, especially the Mexicans—who called him Don Martin—because of his facility with languages.