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"We didn't get the beating we thought we'd get."— Archie Archuleta, chairman of the Utah Coalition of La Raza, on the immigration reform efforts.

"I'm opposed to the anti-American philosophy somehow woven into all the classes as they promote the (United Nations) agenda." — Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, about requested funding for the International Baccalaureate program. The funding was eventually approved.

"Usually the father handles it first, then there is a posse that goes out and takes care of the rest of it as we drag them across the sagebrush." — Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab during debate about tightened laws for dating violence.

"I could be there sleeping and no one would know it." — Senate President John Valentine, R-Orem, while admiring his dais in the new Senate chambers in the renovated State Capitol.

"I made an off-handed remark not appropriate to the decorum of the body and apologize for my comments." — Rep. Greg Hughes, R-Draper, a day after asking about a height requirement for visitors to the House floor that was directed at Sen. Bill Hickman, R-St. George, whom Hughes also called a "midget" during an argument earlier in the session.

"I'm thinking, what the hell are we doing?" — Rep. Kory Holdaway R-Taylorsville, about a proposal to provide funding for an alternative distinguished teaching certification.

"We've spent hours in committee hearings, listening to proposals and prioritizing them, and our work is all for nothing?" — Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, D-Holladay, during debate about an omnibus education bill that included multiple proposals previously defeated by legislators.

"Good, i (sic) hope you choke on your vomit! Go crawl back under the rock you came from." — Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield at the end of a nasty e-mail exchange with a U. student who was critical of his bill that would allow guns to openly be carried on the university campus.

"Now what'd I say?" — Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan when a fire alarm went off Wednesday night.