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Weiers looks to restore historic dome’s shine

The Arizona Capitol's famed copper dome, much like its finances, has lost its luster. What was once a shiny beacon of the state's prosperity and a nod to the historical importance the ore played in its development has become dull and faded. Although chemically treated to prevent tarnishing, the copper is visibly discolored over much of the dome's surface.

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Issues that shaped 2009 (access required)

Beset by fiscal crisis, legislative gridlock and political infighting, 2009 wasn't the best of years for Arizona. The year opened with the state facing a massive budget crisis, and it ended with state leaders still searching for a solution. Jan Brewer was sworn in as governor to great Republican fanfare, only to have much of the party turn against her as she touted a tax hike as the only way to balance the budget. As Arizonans warily await the new year, here's a look back at the top 10 issues that shaped 2009.

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Capitol Quotes 12/18 (access required)

"Ron Gould has the right ideas. He thinks right. He has the right mindset, but he won't negotiate." - Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce, in defense of Senate President Bob Burns' decision to abolish Senator Gould's Retirement and Rural Development Committee.

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UpClose with Frank Antenori (access required)

If you're in a room with Frank Antenori, you'll definitely know it. The freshman Republican representative from Tucson is loud - no doubt a product of his military days, commanding Special Forces troops in battle. He's also not one to bite his tongue, a personality trait that got him some unwanted press coverage during last year's election when he criticized opponents who were running with public campaign money from the Clean Elections system.

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NAU’s George Washington connection (access required)

George Washington assumed command of the Continental Army under an Ulmus Americana Elm tree in Cambridge, Mass., on July 3, 1775. The tree died in October 1923, but foresighted botanists made sure its legacy lived on at universities across the United States, including the campus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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Wealthy candidates might aid Brewer in primary (access required)

Robert Graham and Owen "Buz" Mills lack the electoral résumés, name identification and deep-rooted political ties that most gubernatorial candidates rely on. They are hoping their experience in the private sector, and the deep pockets that have come with it, will make up for it.

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Lights out on payday loans (access required)

Next year, the Arizona Legislature will decide whether to eliminate payday lending in the state, which presents a dilemma for Republican lawmakers who will have to decide between their free-enterprise beliefs and a moral objection to the large fees on short-term loans.

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