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Capitol Quotes: September 20, 2013

“She is now punishing those immigrants simply to make a political point.” — Alessandra Soler, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, referring to Gov. Jan Brewer and the state’s decision to ban driver’s licenses for all illegal immigrants who received deferred action from the federal government.  

“As we have emphasized: We are not required to look for the proverbial needle in the haystack. We must insist that a bona fide and reasonably intelligent effort to comply with the rules be manifest.” — Arizona Supreme Court, criticizing former prosecutor Lisa Aubuchon for sloppy work in her appeal of a recommendation to disbar her.  

“I need to focus on my family and other new business opportunities that will allow me to improve communities not only in Arizona, but also across the nation.” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, writing on his Facebook page to explain why he decided not to run for governor.

“Their survivor benefit packages were different, but they all died fighting that fire.”— House Speaker Andy Tobin, urging favorable benefits for the families of all 19 fallen members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  

“All we need is 420 people to bring in 1,000 signatures each.” — Phoenix computer engineer Dennis Bohlke of Safer Arizona, explaining how the group could gather the 259,213 valid signatures of registered voters necessary to put its marijuana initiative on the 2014 ballot.  

“Let’s just call this what it is — the full employment for election lawyers relief act.” — Elections attorney Tom Ryan, on the secretary of state’s interpretation of Arizona’s new campaign finance system.

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