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Capitol Quotes: June 21, 2013

“They said, ‘Look, you don’t have to take all the heat from the whole Legislature, just do what you got to do.’ So I did and I changed my vote.” — Sen. Steve Pierce,
R-Prescott, explaining how he cast the deciding vote for the state’s election reform bill.

“I still think there are certain protocols, certain kindnesses and certain collegiality that needs to maintained in or for the place to work effectively, and I think we lost some of that.’’ — Barry Aarons, a veteran Capitol lobbyist, on the process leading up to the approval of the state budget.

“(Gov. Jan) Brewer is entitled to call a special session and they voted on (the budget) and the coalition won. So I can understand why the Republicans are mad because the Republican governor defied the majority of her caucus, but there’s nothing illegal in what happened.” — Arizona State University law professor Paul Bender, saying the governor merely used powers provided by the state Constitution.

“These people were illegally in the country committing serious and violent crimes and the judges were releasing 92 percent of them back out on the street. It’s a great ruling.” — Former Sen. Russell Pearce, agreeing with a federal court decision upholding the state’s right to hold illegal immigrants suspected of serious crimes without bail.

“People are coming in from all over Arizona asking for stacks of 100 petitions. They’re ready to go.” — Tea Party activist Christine Bauserman of Tucson on an effort to collect enough signatures to put the state’s Medicaid expansion to voters in November 2014.

“We’re … not going to sit on our hands … We’re going to be very aggressive.” — Jaime Molera, spokesman for the pro-Medicaid expansion group Restoring Arizona, saying it will fight any challenges to the program.

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