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Capitol Quotes: May 7, 2010

“Right now, we are standing in the cross-hairs of history in this state, and as sheriff of the most populous county in Arizona, there is much work yet to do.” — Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, commenting in a media statement about why de decided against running for governor.

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Capitol Quotes: April 30, 2010

"What would you think if a state started arresting people and convicting them of a state crime of evading federal income tax?" — ASU law professor Paul Bender, on arguments that S1070 violates the supremacy clause in the U.S. Constitution and usurps federal authority over immigration law.

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Capitol Quotes: April 23, 2010

“If he doesn’t have the courage to vote his conscience, that’s Konopnicki’s problem, not mine.” — Sen. Russell Pearce, on Rep. Bill Konopnicki’s comments that he had problems with S1070, but felt obligated to vote for it nonetheless.

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Capitol Quotes: April 9, 2010

“The bill is being pulled from the agenda in a couple of minutes. The proponents never had the votes for this.” - Sen. Jack Harper, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, on why a payday industry-supported strike-everything amendment was deleted ...

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Capitol Quotes 3/26/2010

"I wouldn't bet a whole lot of money on those lawsuits being successful. I think most of these arguments were settled as a result of the Civil War." - John Rivers, president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, on the lawsuit being filed by 13 state attorneys general against the federal health care bill.

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Capitol Quotes 3/19/2010

"The Bible tells us not to charge usury when you loan money to people. Essentially these people are taking advantage of people." - Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, explaining why he voted against a bill that would've allowed the payday loan industry to stay in business.

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Capitol Quotes 3/12/2010 (access required)

"All they are really doing is securing traditional family values. These are the traditional values that were upheld for 6,000 years and when homosexual activists essentially decided they were going to use the courts to try to normalize their relationships in statute, then social conservatives began putting traditional family values in statute also." - Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican, explaining the political goals of faith-based groups.

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