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Antenori, Graf, Vogt selected to replace Paton

Republican precinct committeemen from Legislative District 30 have picked a House member, a former lawmaker and the district chairman as possible replacements for Jonathan Paton, who resigned his Senate seat last month to run for Congress.

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Capitol Quotes 2/26/10

"I support this bill because I'm pleased to see Rep. (Andy) Biggs finally regulating something." - House Speaker Kirk Adams, a Republican from Mesa, speaking on the House floor Feb. 23 in support of H2246, which would allow the regulation and sale of some fireworks to the general public in Arizona. Right now, selling fireworks is banned statewide. The bill was approved 40-17 and has been sent to the Senate.

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Capitol Quotes 2/19/10 (access required)

"I'm not a native of Chicago, and I don't live Mesa. I'm an advocate for economic development in the state and in the Valley. Our economy would suffer without them." - House Majority Leader John McComish, explaining why he sponsored a bill that would put additional fees on rental cars and spring training baseball tickets to pay for a new stadium in Mesa for the Chicago Cubs.

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Tax cuts in H2250 would cost $940M

A House bill that aims to spur economic growth through tax cuts and incentives for businesses would cost the state nearly a billion dollars when fully implemented in 2017, according to a report by legislative budget analysts.

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Capitol Quotes 2/12/10 (access required)

"It's probably not the wisest thing in the world for me to sit down and talk with you, but I just feel it's important to get our side of the story out, no matter what happens." - Jerry Oliver, director of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, speaking about one legislator's attempt to have him replaced.

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Capitol Quotes 2/5/10 (access required)

"We had problems from the beginning because we decided that we would not turn in somebody who is openly serving in the military that was a homosexual - that we knew to be a homosexual. We tried to be tolerant. It didn't work." - Sen. Jack Harper, objecting to President Obama's plan to allow gays to openly serve in the U.S. military.

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