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Capitol Quotes: January 25, 2012

“It’s cheap, it’s tawdry, it’s pathetic, but it’s certainly not Jack-the-Ripper.” — U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Martone, taking a dim view of time and money spent prosecuting former state Rep. Ben Arredondo.

“No, no, no. I mean, I paid the parking ticket, but that’s when I was like, ‘This is crazy.’” — House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, on the experience that led him to introduce a bill requiring cities to check and maintain their parking meters.

“When a child comes home with an animal at 10 o’clock at night, with no cage, it’s a situation which is ripe for unintentional animal abuse.  Some families will set them loose, others won’t be able to care for them. It’s really a tragedy in the making.” — Rep. John Kavanaugh, R-Fountain Hills, on his bill to make it a class 3 misdemeanor to give away animals as a carnival or game prize.

“I want a student to come away with a feeling that they’ve done something kind of noble, something part of the American experience of what makes our nation unique.” — Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, explaining his bill that would require students to take an oath in support of the country before graduating from high school.

“His house will be his prison.’’ — U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Martone after sentencing former Democratic lawmaker Ben Arredondo to probation and 18 months of house arrest.

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