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Capitol Quotes: December 13, 2013

“A fence would be helpful, but I don’t think we can do much with two hundred and whatever thousand dollars.” – Rep. J.D. Mesnard of Chandler, saying he has no ideas on how to spend $264,000 designated for a wall at Arizona’s southern border.

“There actually is a lot that you can do, believe it or not, with very limited funds.” – Rep. Steve Smith of Maricopa, indicating he still hopes a legislative committee will find a way to spend the $264,000 in border fence money.

“They’re living in fear all the time. Don’t you understand that? That’s what it’s all about.” – 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Harry Pregerson, suggesting that “Dreamers” suffer irreparable harm when denied driver’s licenses under a policy of Gov. Jan Brewer.

“I guess we’re just a free-market, less-government-regulation type of state. A majority of our legislators believe in the principles of ALEC.” – Rep. Debbie Lesko of Peoria, saying Arizona lawmakers remain committed to the American Legislative Exchange Council.

“The Supreme Court has made it clear that the state doesn’t have to help the federal government implement its programs.” – Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City, saying Arizona has strong legal grounds to resist assisting the National Security Agency in any way.

“I don’t support him after having served with him.’’ – Tempe Vice Mayor Onnie Shekerjian on having her name removed as one of former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman’s endorsers in the treasurer’s race.

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