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Quotes of the Week: April 11, 2014

“You don’t have to bite my leg now.” — Senate President Andy Biggs to Andrew Wilder, spokesman for Gov. Jan Brewer, after the two had a reconciliation of sorts at the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast following Biggs’ comment last month that he doesn’t know who Wilder is.

“Obama’s favorite mayor Scott Smith is president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. What does his organization support?” — Voiceover in a conservative group’s ad that goes on to accuse Mesa Mayor Scott Smith of belonging to a group that supports liberal causes.

“This is absolute electioneering targeted at the governor’s race.” — Max Fose, a consultant for Smith’s campaign for governor,  saying an “issue advocacy’’ ad is obviously aimed politically at the mayor.

“No one involved in my campaign had anything to do with that ad. Period. The charge is false, and there are no facts to back it up.’’ — State Treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey, denying any connection between his campaign and the anti-Smith TV ad.

“It is amazing to me that we in America can give a slap in the face to God above by killing these unborn children.” — Sen. David Farnsworth in throwing his support behind HB2284, a bill that allows spot inspections of abortion clinics.

“Victims aren’t just a piece of evidence.  They need to have an active voice while the case is going on.” — Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Jamie Balson, who was recognized by the U.S. Justice Department for her work on behalf of domestic violence victims.

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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.