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Capitol Quotes: May 14, 2010

“It’s time for you to end his fairy tales.” — Citizens Clean Elections Commission attorney Jose Rivera, telling Judge Crane McClennen to reject an appeal by Rep. Doug Quelland in a May 10 hearing. Quelland, a Phoenix Republican, has been ordered from office by the Clean Elections Commission for illegally hiring a campaign consultant.

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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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