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Globe Masons (access required)

In 1879, six men met in Globe, Ariz., to discuss leaving their respective Masonic temples. Their first task was to figure out if enough of them were actually willing to dimit (a Masonic term used for a written certification of honorable withdrawal from membership) from their respective lodges to establish a new lodge of Free & Accepted Masons in the small town east of Mesa.

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AZ educators attend 4-star junket

For nearly a week this month, Arizona teachers partied a lot at a four-star resort in Tucson during a federally required conference, reports KNXV ABC-15 in a copyrighted story. And Huppenthal is mad has hell about it, saying those who took advantage of the system will be held accountable. "Teachers were there for training, but we spotted dozens of teachers working on their tans, lounging at the pool with family and friends," the Phoenix TV station said.

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No budget this week; session will drag into Aug. (access required)

The Senate met for a few minutes today (July 31), but only to adjourn the special session until Aug. 4. Even then, though, it’s not clear whether leaders in the Senate will be able to gather enough votes to pass the budget legislation that has tied them up for the past several days.

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Brewer reflects on tumultuous first session as guv

From the moment she took office in January, Jan Brewer has faced the greatest budget crisis in state history. And from the moment she proposed her solution – a temporary tax increase – she has faced unyielding resistance from many of her fellow Republicans in the Legislature. Here's what Brewer had to say about it:

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Random comments on budget (access required)

It’s likely a lot of people will want to weigh in on the budget proposal the House voted through last night. So, I’ll post ‘em as I get ‘em. Already received a few statements in my e-mail inbox this morning. And ...

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Senate falls one vote short, may try again today (access required)

Despite intense lobbying, Republican leaders failed to persuade Sen. Pamela Gorman to vote for a referral for a sales tax increase. Brewer talked with Gorman, the majority whip, for more than an hour at Gorman's Senate office, but the governor was apparently unable to persuade the senator to change her mind.

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