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The reason for the rubbernecking

There was a reason why yesterday’s first day of special session got off to a slow start – Biggs and other conservative lawmakers wanted to hold back some of the funding for more staffers until certain benchmarks were met, our reporter was told.

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If the ducks aren’t in a row, suspend the rules

The House suspended rules in order to make up for lost time waiting on the legislation. The lower chamber suspended Rule 9(C)(7) requiring notice to lawmakers and the general public by 4 pm the day before a special meeting can be called, as well as Rule 33(B), which prohibits committees from taking action on a measure unless the measure is posted on a committee agenda by 4 pm the previous day.

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Biosensors and the need for early disease detection (access required)

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The American Cancer Society predicts that in 2014, more than 1.6 million new cases of cancer will arise in the United States and more than half a million people will die from the disease, with 11,400 of those deaths occurring in Arizona. The treatment challenge remains in detecting the disease early enough to have a chance in successfully combating it.

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Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Speaker Andy Tobin

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Speaker Andy Tobin

For the first time since we began doing them, a leader has refused to sit down for a Session Wrap Q&A interview. Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin's office refused multiple requests to sit down for an interview, and the only explanation given was that he “wanted more control” over what would be printed. As a result, we were unable to ask Tobin about his experiences this year — or get his thoughts on his nearly eight years as a legislator, six years in leadership and three years as speaker, given that he is leaving the Legislature after this year.

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Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Minority Leader Chad Campbell (access required)

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After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private life. Campbell has seen the state through good times and bad, and in this May 16 interview, he reflected on his time in the House with an air of relief to be leaving, and very little nostalgia.After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private life. Campbell has seen the state through good times and bad, and in this May 16 interview, he reflected on his time in the House with an air of relief to be leaving, and very little nostalgia.

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Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar (access required)

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Sen. Anna Tovar led the Senate Democratic caucus in 2014 under uncomfortable circumstances, having helped lead a coup of the old leadership team in October 2013. That vote left some bad blood among members of the minority party in the Senate, and the awkwardness of a failed vote to put back in place some of the old leadership team, led by Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, in April.

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