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Capitol Quotes: October 31, 2014

“Doctors aren’t going to wait. They’re going to go to some other state where they can get licensed quickly and then we’re going to have to start all over again.” — Sen. Kelli Ward, saying it’s crucial that Arizona issue medical licenses more quickly.  

“If we can’t expect candidates to comply with the simplest of requirements, if they ignore them, what can we expect from them on compliance with other requirements?” — Diane Brown of Arizona Public Interest Research Group, on questions raised about Rep. Michelle Ugenti’s legal voting residence.  

“We’re asking the judge to make the Legislature do what they were required to do by their oaths of office and under the Constitution when people give them the direction. They’re not free to say, ‘We’d rather do something else.’“ — Don Peters, representing Arizona public schools, on the state’s claims that it can’t pay money ordered by a court to cover schools’ inflationary costs.

“If I want to go pick up my neighbor’s ballot … and she trusts me with it, then she should sign it and I should sign it that I’m assisting her to vote. That’s what’s needed, a chain of custody from voter to collector.” — Sen. Michele Reagan, Republican candidate for secretary of state, calling mass ballot collection the “number one threat’’ she hopes to fix.  

“Why would we want to add a third legal substance that’s going to cost our nation?” — Merilee Fowler, executive director of MATFORCE, a group aimed at reducing the abuse of drugs and alcohol, questioning efforts to legalize recreational marijuana use in Arizona.

“I don’t think you can understand what sort of chaos that would cause.” — Jim Drake, deputy secretary of state, noting that if “dark money groups’’ succeed in getting rid of a law about who needs to register with the Secretary of State’s Office, it could lead to the demise of many other election rules.

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