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Posted at 06:37 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Overheard in Annapolis: The day in quotes

Some of the more notable thoughts shared during opening day of the Maryland General Assembly’s 90 day session:

“I don’t want to sound like one of the Republican candidates for president, but I am what I am. ... I’m a traditionalist. ... I see it as an attack on traditional families.”

— Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert), voicing his opposition to same-sex marriage legislation during a taped interview with radio host Marc Steiner

“It’s when they stop that I worry.”

— Gov. Martin O’Malley, in response to Steiner, who asked the governor whether he minded members of a live audience taking pictures of him before he was interviewed on the same program

“We need to look at it seriously. We are under pressure because of cuts from the state, so to the degree that we are able to reduce cuts passed onto the community, anything helps.”

— Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, on raising the state sales tax to 7 percent from 6 percent, an idea O’Malley floated Wednesday

“She won’t vote for a sales tax increase. She won’t even vote for a gas tax increase, but that’s all right.”

— Miller, speaking about the prospect of Sen. Katherine A. Klausmeier (D-Baltimore County), who was standing next to him, supporting a sales tax increase

“He’s got a crystal ball; he can see the future.”

— Klausmeier, in response to Miller

“At the end of the day, I hope we all leave as friends.”

Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel), in an address to his chamber after being reelected to a 10th session as speaker, the longest run in Maryland history

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