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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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Capitol Quotes 12/11 (access required)

"I think that this most recent move, this RICO case against members of the judiciary, is maybe his Waterloo." - Phoenix attorney Michael C. Manning, on a lawsuit Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio have filed against the Board of Supervisors and several judges and attorneys, alleging that they blocked the pair's investigation into the new Superior Court tower.

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Capitol Quotes 12/4

"My big fear is that the governor is going to play a Grinch for Christmas and put coal in the taxpayers' stockings by hiking taxes." - Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, saying he would show up if the Legislature convenes for a special session in December.

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Capitol Quotes 11/20

"This state is in crisis and it is very disappointing and frankly embarrassing that one member of our caucus did not have the decency to show up. I left the floor open to give him every opportunity to do the right thing." - Senate President Bob Burns, noting in a media release that he is disappointed that Sen. Thayer Verschoor was absent from the floor during the final Senate vote on budget bills.

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Capitol Quotes 11/13 (access required)

"The Legislature is no longer in a position of cutting - the economy's taking care of that. The money's not there." - Senate President Bob Burns, a Republican from Peoria, speaking Nov. 12 about how the state needs to approach future budget deficits.

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Capitol Quotes 10/30 (access required)

"He just arrived, like a lot of freshmen, believing that he's going to save us from ourselves... He probably thinks he's going to work his way to the White House. And he's not alone in that." - Sen. Carolyn Allen, a Republican from Scottsdale, speaking Oct. 28 about the approach taken by Rep. Carl Seel and other new lawmakers in the 2009 legislative session.

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Capitol Quotes 10/23 (access required)

"Apparently, myself and Senator Gorman are... kind of like the anti-tax Jedi knights. We are the last Jedi banished to the hinterlands, so asking what our opinion on what leadership is going to do is probably the wrong place to ask." - Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, when asked his thoughts of what will happen during a special session this fall.

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Capitol Quotes 10/16 (access required)

"I still think there's a federal law out there that gives me the authority to do this. I might not have the right one, but there is one out there." - Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, commenting on his authority to arrest illegal immigrants now that the federal government has changed the 287(g) agreement. He also was referring to the text of what he believed was a federal law that doesn't exist in U.S. Code.

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