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Rural GOP legislators torn between ideology and helping jobless constituents (access required)

Not all Republicans are celebrating the special session as a victory over federal spending.

For representatives from rural areas, where unemployment is more than 20 percent in some pockets, it can be frustrating to hear their colleagues from urban centers like Phoenix denounce efforts to help the unemployed as unnecessary spending.

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