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 Dirk Kempthorne - “You have it within your grasp to be regarded as one of the greatest legislative sessions in the history of the state. If you're bold and if you're ready to aggressively reach for our future, all the ingredients are here. The opportunities are waiting for us.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “In my public service, I treasure my friendship with law enforcement officers. I admire what they do and support them in every aspect of their job. I have always looked upon law enforcement officers as my friends.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “The nation's governors demonstrated today they are pragmatists and can put partisan politics aside to put forth a united front on key issues such as Medicaid reform, prescription drugs..., and affirmation that education is a priority,”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “On a per capita basis, we have more troops deployed than any other state in the union,”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “So these wonderful troops are going to experience the hospitality of America while these troops are going to help America,”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “It is my honor to serve with you, the people of Idaho. This great state, this forty-third star in the galaxy of states that form the greatest nation in the world.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “I must wait until the hearing itself before I make comments on specific issues. That's the prerogative of the Senate, that's the process, and so right now this is just an opportunity to say hello again to a number of my former colleagues and affirm that I look forward to working with them.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “The men and women who serve this nation and this state are our guardians of peace and they do so at great personal risk.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “What in the world is preventing us from declaring an urgent crisis and dealing with it”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “This is the way federal land management should work. Cooperation, not confrontation, should be the hallmark of conservation efforts.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “He has long-standing ties in the community, and will have an excellent temperament for the bench, ... He has litigated some very complex cases and clearly has demonstrated a keen knowledge of the law.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “Methamphetamine is a hideous drug. Meth makes a person become paranoid, violent, and aggressive - making them a serious threat to society and law enforcement. And maybe more importantly, meth users are a threat to their own children and families.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “Unfortunately you are now administering a standard that does harm if not death to children,”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “While the Government has a responsibility to its citizens to be prepared, to take steps to protect them, it is also the Government's role to ensure that her citizens can continue with their role - which is to be productive, to generate jobs, to put meals on their tables, to guide our children to a bright future.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “Experts say that if children can't read by the end of the fifth grade, they lose self-confidence and self-esteem, making them more likely to enter the juvenile justice system.”
 Dirk Kempthorne - “These facts are in direct conflict with my ability as a governor to prepare for disaster or domestic terrorist attacks, we need a commitment from the federal government that the equipment that is left in Iraq will be replaced in quick order,”