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Brewer modest but successful in last session (access required)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda in her final regular legislative session lacked the blockbuster policies, drag-out fights and frayed nerves of 2013. Instead, the governor proposed a far more modest agenda in 2014. Relatively small spending increases in a few key areas, two low-profile economic development bills and legislation strengthening the state’s human trafficking laws were among the biggest policies she pursued.

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Signed, sealed and delivered

Brewer issued a call today (May 22) for lawmakers to return to the Capitol May 27 for a special session to overhaul the state’s child-welfare agency and close out an ever-growing backlog of 14,777 abuse and neglect cases.

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A Tucson Civic Leader

Merrill Pinigree Freeman.

Merrill Freeman was a pioneer Arizonan active in territorial politics and education. But his route to Arizona was circuitous, and he didn’t arrive in Tucson until he was well into middle age.

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SB1062 drew attention to Arizona and set the tone for the 2014 session (access required)

Opponents of Arizona's recently passed "religious freedom" bill SB1062 rally in front of the capitol Feb. 24 (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

SB1062 forced the Arizona business community to push back against Republicans in the Legislature and take a more active role in opposing legislation many viewed as bad for business and Arizona’s image. And while maintaining the bill was mischaracterized following the outcry over the intent, some Republican leaders were wary to take on other headline-grabbing controversial measures this year.

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How the 2014 session unfolded (access required)

Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Week of January 6-10 Known as “hell week” around the Capitol, the week before the legislative session was when lawmakers were focused on raising campaign contributions and held at least three dozen fundraisers. Meanwhile, lawmakers were slow to pre-file their ...

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