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Capitol Quotes: Feb. 3, 2012

“She was patient with the Legislature last session when they weren’t ready to pursue this yet and her patience is running out.” — Brewer spokesman Matthew Benson, on the governor’s frustration that the Legislature has not yet taken up her personnel reform plan.

“We’ve never had a person denied a recovery against the casino because of a (damages) cap or immunity.” — Daniel J. Quigley, Tohono O’odham general counsel, explaining that all Arizona tribes have to waive immunity for casino patrons who bring a suit, but Tohono’s own gaming charter goes farther to include non-patrons.

“That might be just about the only legitimate purpose for a public funding scheme, to tell you the truth.” — Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, on his support for the direct election of all judges.

“I think ultimately we’re not going to have to worry about it that much because even Republicans are angry about it.” — Rep. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, on House Speaker Andy Tobin’s proposal for a May special election on his proposed redistricting plan.

“I’m choosing not to voice my complaints in the media.” — Senate Majority Leader Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, on House Speaker Andy Tobin’s surprise proposal for a May special election on his proposed redistricting plan.

“I’d like to explain my vote, but I won’t.” — Senate President Steve Pierce, on a bill to provide tax credits to the film industry. Pierce voted “no,” and the bill narrowly passed, 16-13.

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