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Capitol Quotes: Nov. 12, 2010

“If I’m lucky enough to spot any of them at the Capitol this session, I’ll ask them.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, when asked if he expects Democrats to support a proposal to give the Legislature more authority over money the federal government gives to the state.

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Capitol Quotes: Sept. 17, 2010

“Jonathan Hulburd’s wife won’t give him the amount of money it would take for him to beat Ben Quayle.” — Sean Noble, former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. John Shadegg, referring to Hulburd’s wife, whose family owns household products giant S.C. Johnson.

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Energized GOP in District 25 poses threat to Alvarez (access required)

The primary election turnout paints a worrisome picture for Sen. Manny Alvarez, one of several Democrats seeking re-election to the Legislature this year. The challenge Alvarez faces perhaps best illustrates what he and many other Democratic candidates statewide face: How to fend off Republican opponents in a year when the GOP base is energized and an anti-incumbent sentiment is supposedly prevalent.

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CD8 primary battleground pits former Marine vs. Army Reservist (access required)

When Jonathan Paton decided to resign from the Arizona Senate and run for Congress, the prevailing view in political circles was that he represents the Republican Party’s best chance to defeat U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

But the former state lawmaker faces a more immediate challenge from fellow Republican Jesse Kelly. Political insiders now say Paton has yet to wrap up the primary race in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

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