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Capitol Quotes: Jan. 18, 2013

“Weigh the evidence and do the math.” — Gov. Jan Brewer on why expanding Medicaid would benefit the state’s economy.

“People are still getting sick. That’s the issue. We may not be paying for it, but the fact is that people here are still getting sick. They’re going to emergency rooms. They’re not getting treatment. It’s a problem. We need to address it.’’ — Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, on why she supports Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan for Medicaid expansion.

“I thought Russell Pearce did a heck of a good job.’’ — Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, asked to comment on the previous Senate president he admires most.

“None of us here advocate for principals or teachers to be armed, but I ask the question: What is the alternative?” — Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu on a proposal to pay for more police officers in schools and provide training for armed teachers.

“I’m a good listener. I don’t dig my heels in until I decide exactly after long debate and deliberation which way I’m going to go. And traditionally, I guess, people believe that when that happens, then they know that the anchor’s been dropped.’’ — Gov. Jan Brewer, on her approach to governing.

“I don’t make decisions off of what my brother and my relationship is. If I’d have done that, my mother would be down here running the state Legislature.’’ — House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, on his brother Brian’s former position as president of the Professional Firefighters of Arizona.

One comment

  1. Babeu keeps using that sentence, “None of us here advocate for principals or teachers to be armed.” I do not think it means what he thinks it means. Arming teachers and principals is exactly what he’s advocating.

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