Jon Talton, who is famous for using his position as the Republic's Business columnist as a platform to bash Phoenix and its leaders for their inadequacies, used his column to proclaim that the Capitol wouldn't be renovated.
Ask conservatives about a new state Capitol building to commemorate the state's centennial in 2012, and you'll hear, "That's crazy. If government has that kind of money sitting around, return it to the people as a tax cut."
Ask moderates and liberals, and they may say, "That's crazy. Why would we build a new Capitol when we need schools, roads and health care?"
This is my crude, unscientific survey, but I suspect it represents a broad swath of opinion.
So, let's get started. The sooner the full Legislature becomes actively engaged, along with community and business leaders, the closer we will be to swapping the architectural wasteland at 1700 W. Washington St. for the dignified buildings worthy to be called the Arizona Capitol.
Well, Talton was half right, his survey was crude and unscientific.
Like Emily Litella used to say...never mind.