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Memorable things they said

Issue: "Building a city," March 24, 2007

"I am a Unitarian who does not believe in a supreme being."

U.S. Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) on his response to a survey about the religious beliefs of members of Congress. Stark is the highest ranking elected atheist in the United States.

"The Seinfeld of campaign announcements. It's an announcement about nothing."

Republican consultant Alex Vogel on Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) calling a press conference in Omaha, with reporters traveling from as far away as Washington, only to announce that "my family and I will make a decision on my political future later this year."

"Small cities can no longer sit back and wait for the federal government to do something."

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Hazleton, Pa., Mayor Lou Barletta on the city's crackdown on illegal immigration. Hispanic groups and the ACLU are suing Hazleton for levying fines on landlords who rent to illegal immigrants and denying permits to companies that employ them.

"Yes, drugs cause it, but so do lots of other things."

Colorado state Sen. Bob Hagedorn, explaining that a "high" is "medically the releasing of endorphins in the brain," in pushing to make John Denver's anthem "Rocky Mountain High" a state song.


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