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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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Capitol Quotes 12/18 (access required)

"Ron Gould has the right ideas. He thinks right. He has the right mindset, but he won't negotiate." - Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce, in defense of Senate President Bob Burns' decision to abolish Senator Gould's Retirement and Rural Development Committee.

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