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“Moving CPS to another agency on its own doesn’t solve our issue. We need to have professionals at the table, redesigning, restructuring our CPS.” — Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson, on Gov. Jan Brewer’s plan to fix Child Protective Services.

“I would prefer, as I think everyone would prefer, the a la carte method, which is the way I introduced them last year… There are certainly parts of that bill that I support more than others” — Sen Michele Reagan of Scottsdale, acknowledging she is working to repeal last year’s election reform bill before it goes up for a referendum election.

“The bottom line is we don’t trust the politicians to do the right thing here.” — Robbie Sherwood, spokesman for the Protect Your Right to Vote committee, reacting to lawmakers’ plans to repeal HB2305 before it gets to voters.

“I was in fact damaged goods as a consequence of that, and unfairly so.” — Lobbyist Gary Husk, saying “rumors, innuendo and false accusations’’ had damaged his business by linking him to the Fiesta Bowl scandal.

“The fact of the matter is that the day after Mr. Husk pled guilty to a crime and admitted to orchestrating an illegal campaign contribution conspiracy, he is on a clear damage control campaign.” — Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Attorney General Tom Horne, reacting skeptically to Husk’s comments.

“It seemed really drastic, and in reality this move is not a step toward reform of CPS. She’s removed CPS from the greater DES umbrella, but there was no conversation about additional resources. There was no conversation about a change of direction or a change of policy or a change of approach in how we deal with CPS as a whole.” — Kristin Gwinn, executive director of Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition, on Brewer’s CPS restructuring proposal.

“How much? How much is it going to cost?” — House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, saying House Republicans are supportive of Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda this year, but still have unanswered questions.

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