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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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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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Capitol Quotes 1/15/10 (access required)

"I have the ultrasound on the wall of my office, and there's no doubt the baby is positioned to the far right." - Rep. Laurin Hendrix, a Republican from Gilbert, speaking in a Jan. 11 floor speech about his soon-to-be-born grandchild.

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Capitol Quotes 1/8 (access required)

"This is one of those strange things where I actually agree with former Gov. Napolitano." - State Treasurer Dean Martin, on his attempt to bill the federal government $1 billion for the cost of incarcerating illegal immigrants.

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Capitol Quotes 1/1/10 (access required)

"I keep thinking, Oh, my gosh! The time before we have to go back there is getting less and less!" - Sen. Linda Lopez, a Democrat from Tucson, on the approaching regular session. Lawmakers return to the Capitol Jan. 11 for the 2010 session.

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Capitol Quotes 12/25 (access required)

"It appears to be a flagrant abuse of power." - Felecia Rotellini, Democrat candidate for attorney general, on Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas' decision to file a federal lawsuit that alleges several county judges have conspired to thwart his investigations.

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