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Treasurer’s race hinges on incumbent (access required)

Much of the uncertainty surrounding the race to become the next state treasurer hinges on whether Dean Martin will challenge Gov. Jan Brewer for her office or continue serving as the fourth-ranking state executive. Even if Martin has decided to run against Brewer, he can't announce it anyway. If he does before January, he would have to resign as treasurer.

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Burns dissolves Gould’s committee (access required)

Senate President Bob Burns terminated a committee chaired by Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, on Dec. 10. Gould later told the Arizona Capitol Times he has been stripped of his committee chairmanship. Gould has been chairman of the Senate Retirement and Rural Development Committee.

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Pederson endorsing Wercinski

After tantalizing followers via Twitter on Tuesday with the promise of a "BIG" endorsement, Sam Wercinski announced today Jim Pederson is backing him. The bigwig Democratic developer will also serve on Wercinski's finance committee for the SOS race, the former real estate commissioner said. "We've done a lot of work and solidified our base and support statewide," Wercinski told our reporter.

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State budgets: $28 billion short this year

Thirty-six states face budget shortfalls totaling $28 billion in the fiscal year that began just five months ago, according to a new 50-state report. The assessment predicts another $56 billion in shortfalls across 35 states next fiscal year and $69 billion in shortfalls across 23 states the year after that.

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Lottery big part of state’s financial plans, but first voters must vote to keep it

While other contributors to state revenues have dropped off severely of late, the Arizona Lottery has been a growing source of tens of millions of dollars per year since its inception in 1980. The lottery funds a variety of voter-approved state programs in areas such as education, health and transportation and has contributed $2.3 billion in all to its beneficiaries.

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AZ Supreme Court hears case of drug-sniffing canine (access required)

About four years ago, police led a drug-sniffing dog to the garage of Jose Salvador Guillen, asked his wife for permission to enter the garage and then detected an odor of marijuana. Police, who were acting on a tip they had received eight months prior, obtained a search warrant and discovered bales of marijuana inside freezers in the garage. Guillen was later arrested and charged with possession of four pounds of the illegal narcotic.

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With a name like ‘Dean Martin,’ it has to be good

Something other than the state's overdrawn checkbook is stewing in the treasurer's office. Dean Martin's campaign Web site - votedeanmartin.com - has been updated with a countdown clock. "It's coming soon" the site says, under a ticker that shows the days, hours, minutes and seconds slipping away. What is "coming soon" remains unclear.

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