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Capitol Quotes: May 24, 2013

“In reflection, I screwed-up in doing so, and I want to formally apologize to Representatives Pratt, Shope, Carter, Brophy McGee, Coleman and Orr. I will not do something like this again in the future.” — Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, on a letter he sent urging that pressure be applied on lawmakers he suspects favor Medicaid expansion.

“It says in the Bible you’re supposed to help the needy, and I don’t see how any of them are trying to help out at all.” — Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott, on opponents of Medicaid expansion who criticize him for his vote in favor of it.

“We have those five registered Republican senators ganging up with 13 Democrats in a historic, traitorous event on the floor of the Arizona Senate last week. It was a mugging.” — A.J. LaFaro, chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Committee, on the Senate’s vote in favor of Medicaid expansion.

“Maybe I’ll vote ‘no’ just to surprise everyone.” — Rep. Jeff Dial, R-Chandler, jokingly responding to speculation that he will vote in favor of Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid proposal.

“I love to watch them light their hair on fire and they go running into the streets (saying) ‘Oh my God, she’s going to vote for it, she’s going to vote for it. So we’ll see what I do.” — Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, on speculation about her Medicaid vote.

“I was threatened and it’s wrong. Since what happened to Gabby Giffords, I’m more aware of this type of thing. I take a fair amount of insults and abuse, but this is beyond the pale.” — Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, on an “abusive, threatening and vulgar’’ voicemail she received related to Medicaid expansion.

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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.