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2010’s wildest statements, other gaffes and a pregnant pause (access required)

At the end of the year, it’s easy to look back and recognize the high points and low points. But often the most memorable moments are neither high nor low — they’re just ridiculous.

Immigration, gays in the military, abortion — these are all weighty topics. But in the hands of politicians, these subjects get pretty wild and, in some cases, twisted.

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Barto defeats Barnes in LD7 Senate race

Rep. Nancy Barto out-campaigned her main rival, Rep. Ray Barnes, to win the four-way Republican primary for the Senate in Legislative District 7.  Barto has cornered 46 percent out of about 18,000 votes counted so far.  Rep. Ray Barnes, who ...

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Capitol Quotes: 6/25/2010

“Due process I have not been given.” – Rep. Doug Quelland, explaining to fellow District 10 Republicans that he was wrongly punished by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and should be appointed to the seat left vacant by his removal from office. He wasn’t.

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Court perfect at the plate in 2010 – 5 of 5 bills signed

To say the 2010 regular legislative session was different than the 2009 session would be an understatement of epic proportions. Gone was the Senate’s 2009 moratorium on hearing bills until after the budget work was completed. Gone, too, was the combative relationship between legislative leaders and Gov. Jan Brewer.

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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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‘I hate this bill and I vote aye’ (access required)

Last year, Sen. Jack Harper gave his word that he would vote for a bill to restrict notary publics from notarizing documents that would present a conflict of interest. He made good on his promise by voting for it in committee. But when the bill failed there, Harper said he was relieved that it didn't pass. The situation illustrates the fact that lawmakers sometimes vote for measures they don’t necessarily like.

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Committee assignment changes in House

The House of Representatives made a minor change to committee assignments late Jan. 19. Rep. David Stevens, a Republican from Sierra Vista, is replacing Phoenix Republican Ray Barnes on the Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee.

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