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Capitol Quotes: April 12, 2013

“The answer now is no.” — House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, on whether Gov. Jan Brewer has enough votes in the House to pass her Medicaid expansion proposal.

“If I was a Republican incumbent, I would be concerned as I navigate my decision on the expansion of Medicaid, in whatever shape or form that may come in.” — David Flaherty of the Magellan Strategies polling firm, saying Republicans who vote for expansion could face a primary challenge.

“We know that gold maintains its purchasing power.  People are just frustrated and some of them are fed up with the federal government’s mismanagement of the dollar… these bills are just one small step to try and get some stability in our monetary policy.” — Rich Danker of the advocacy group American Principles in Action on the recent popularity of gold and silver legal tender bills.

“It’ll get passed.  She’s got the power of the veto and she will be there until she gets it.” — Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposed Medicaid expansion.

“At the end of the day, it’s 45 minutes of my life that I’m never getting back.” — Sen. Steve Gallardo, R-Phoenix, saying recent a recent meeting to discuss changes in election reform bills was a waste of time.

“Even the Grand Canyon is in a metropolitan area.’’ — Gary Capistrant of the American Telemedicine Association in Washington, D.C., questioning realignments of standard metropolitan statistical areas that leave many rural residents without access to telemedicine.

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