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Former Thomas attorney may sue over appeal costs (access required)

Former deputy county attorney Rachel Alexander, a key figure in the case that led to former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas’ disbarment, is planning to sue Maricopa County if it doesn’t pay the legal costs for her to appeal the suspension of her law license.

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Kelly scored knockout punches in first round

It was pretty clear that Kelly buttoned up yesterday’s primary as soon as the first results were made public, but the breakdown of the vote tells a more nuanced story. Early ballots have become a key for successful campaigns, and yesterday’s numbers show just how difficult it can be to mount a come-from-behind victory in the era of early voting.

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Legislature reconsiders sweep of court automation fund (access required)

Legislative budget staffers are re-evaluating a proposed $10 million sweep of a Supreme Court fund after court officials howled that losing the money would cripple courts across Arizona. The legislative budget proposal targets the Supreme Court Automation Fund, which is supplied by fees for defensive-driving classes, time payment fees for people who make payments on their court fines, and surcharges on fines.

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GOP leaders heeding Brewer’s veto warning

After Gov. Jan Brewer yesterday told GOP legislative leaders that she will veto any bills that land on her desk before a budget is completed, the warning is being heeded in the Senate. “I am not sending any bills to her today,” said Senate President Steve Pierce. “She asked not to. So we’re going to try and help her out and work with her.”

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Kelly picked as GOP candidate in CD8

Voters in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District on Tuesday night chose Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman. Barber and Kelly will face off in the special general election in June, but the two opponents have already started the war of words.

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Brewer again vetoes bill allowing guns in public buildings

For the second year in a row, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed people to carry guns in government buildings. HB2729 would have required any government entity in Arizona to allow firearms in public buildings, unless the buildings had adequate security measures to ensure that no one could bring a gun inside.

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Cardon pivots to attack mode

After spending several weeks airing television ads and months traveling the state to meet with voters, Cardon’s campaign strategy is beginning to shift from boosting name recognition to challenging his opponent directly. On Friday, Cardon challenged Flake to repudiate any outside spending in the race and asked him to sign the “Arizona First Pledge.”

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