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Mid-term quiz from 2013 Legislative Session

These 14 questions will determine how closely you have been following the first 2 months of the 2013 legislative session. Answer 10 correctly and you’re guaranteed a front-row seat for the next 5-hour House Appropriations hearing. Answer 12 right, and you qualify to chair your own House or Senate committee.

1. Which of these actual quotes about Jesus was not voiced during a 4- hour hearing March 20 on Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan?

A. “Jesus fed the hungry before he preached to them.”

B. “There is a distinction between what Jesus did and lobbying Cesar.”

C. “Jesus had Judas. Republicans have Governor Brewer.”

D. “Would Jesus repeal Obamacare? My answer is an astounding, “Heck Yes!!”


2. The day after Brewer cautioned legislative leaders to slow down the pace of the 2013 session, they:

A. Gave key staffers the day off.

B. Told her they would slow down the pace only if she drops her Medicaid expansion plan.

C. Approved a 2014 budget and declared an end to the session.

D. Sent seven more bills to the governor’s desk.


3. The candidate who disclosed she will challenge Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, in the 2014 Republican primary is:

A. Heather Casey, a nurse who works in an emergency room at a Valley hospital.

B. Heather McDonald, a swimmer who won a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics.

C. Heather McCarter, owner of a small appliance store in Cave Creek.

D. Heather Cantor, who runs a community garden in Carefree.


4. Who predicted that this year’s legislative session will end on Dec. 31?

A. Senate President Andy Biggs, abandoning his original position that the session would conclude in March.

B. Republican Sen. Don Shooter of Yuma, saying that if he predicts the session will end in December, “I’ll be a hero when we get out of here in July.”

C. Brewer, predicting it will take that long for lawmakers to approve her Medicaid expansion proposal.

D. House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, saying he will wait that long if necessary to pass his gun safety legislation.


5. In a satirical response to a bill that would establish gold and silver as legal tender in Arizona, Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson:

A. Offered an amendment that would have added livestock, cotton, citrus and sunbeams, as well as copper bullion, to the list of legal tender recognized in Arizona.

B. Said, “God enriches us with the five Cs, so why not make the five Cs legal tender?”

C. Quipped, “You could do that just as easily with livestock and citrus. You could get a bag of oranges and add a tangerine for sales tax.”

D. All of the above.


6. Who is responsible for the quote “Big government is making its way into our bathroom stalls?”

A. Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills, explaining why he decided to revise a bill that tied bathroom use in Arizona to birth gender.

B. Democratic Rep. Jonathan Larkin of Glendale, questioning Kavanagh’s bill.

C. ASU student Brianna Pantilione, explaining why she is heading a drive to recall Kavanagh.

D. One of the several dozen bikers who showed up for a February hearing to persuade government to leave them alone.


7. Which of these comments in support of Medicaid expansion in Arizona was made by Brewer?

A. “The human cost of this tragedy can’t be calculated. The financial cost is something we’ve become all too familiar with. I call it the hidden health care tax, the expense we all pay as the cost of uncompensated care is passed along to all the rest of us.”

B. “Most of the people, I believe, are supporting it. There are some that aren’t. The vocal minority is not supporting it.”

C. “Our opinion is we just cannot fail.”

D. “When folks go the ER and can’t pay, you get stuck with the bill. Close to $2,000 (per family) every year.”


8. Between 2002 and 2012, the number of legislative candidates using Clean Elections funds:

A. Declined from nearly 100 percent to only five percent.

B. Stayed about the same, changing from 46.1 percent in 2002 to 46.5 percent in 2012.

C. Declined slightly, from 55.1 percent in 2002 to 49.8 percent in 2012.

D. Declined sharply, from 61.3 percent in 2002 to 36.0 percent in 2012.


9. A resolution opposing new Common Core education standards adopted by the Maricopa County Republican Committee in March:

A. Called federal grants for the program a bribe used by the Obama administration to force states to adopt a national standard that was developed with little or no public input.

B. Likened Common Core standards to a United Nations takeover of U.S. schools.

C. Linked Common Core to a Turkish Islamist movement.

D. Said Common Core is eroding states’ rights and local control because the standards dictate curriculum.


10. A bill that would have prohibited giving away animals as prizes at carnivals didn’t survive even though it was amended so it:

A. Wouldn’t apply to goldfish.

B. Would allow rabbits to be given as prizes at the Arizona State Fair.

C. Would provide a waiver for turtles, but only on a trial basis.

D. Would exempt children who sign a pledge to take care of an animal for at least five years.


11. SB1325 would arm teachers or administrators in rural schools under which of the following circumstances:

A. They served for at least five years in a special operations unit of the U.S. armed forces.

B. They could not use shotguns or rifles on the school grounds.

C. They watch a 90-minute training video cautioning them only to shoot armed intruders.

D. They purchase their own weapons at no expense to the school district.


12. Organizers of an effort to recall Sheriff Joe Arpaio ran into big trouble when it turned out:

A. They didn’t have enough money for paid signature gatherers.

B. They discovered they needed to preserve their limited cash for expenses such as office space and telephones.

C. They realized “we’re not millionaires.”

D. All of the above.

13. After Maricopa County Republican Chairman A.J. LaFaro compared Gov. Brewer to Judas Iscariot during a hearing on Medicaid expansion, he:

A. Apologized profusely in a carefully worded statement sent directly to the governor.

B. Denied that he ever said anything about anybody named “Judas.”

C. Said he hoped he had taught the governor a lesson.

D. Announced his intentions to run for governor in 2014.


14. According to testimony before a legislative committee, what advantage do miniature horses have over dogs as service animals?

A. Miniature horses are smarter than dogs.

B. They don’t bark at customers in restaurants.

C. They live longer than dogs.

D. They have a much larger vocabulary than dogs.

—Tom Spratt





1. D (a response to a July 3, 2012, blog, “Would Jesus Repeal Obamacare?”)
2. D
3. A
4. B
5. D
6. B
7. A (B was from Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott; C from Jaime Molera, a spokesman for the coalition favoring the expansion; and D from a voiceover in an ad supporting Medicaid expansion.)
8. D
9. A (B and C were in emails to state lawmakers and D was a position taken by Mark Goodman, superintendent of the St. David Unified School District in Cochise County.) 10. A
11. B
12. D
13. C
14. C

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