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Running for the Legislature or statewide office

Here’s a list of potential legislative candidates in 2010. At least 15 seats are expected to be vacant in the Senate because of term limits, retirement, or because senators are seeking other positions. Meanwhile, some 13 House members cannot seek re-election in 2010.

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Legislators want a little bit more on their plates (access required)

The Arizona Legislature has had its share of the trivial to pursue. Take the 1985 effort to pre-test legislative candidates on reading and IQ, which would have then posted the results on the ballot. Or how about the bill that would have required candidates for the Legislature to take a drug test? But if Arizona legislators love anything, it's license plates.

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Capitol Quotes 12/11 (access required)

"I think that this most recent move, this RICO case against members of the judiciary, is maybe his Waterloo." - Phoenix attorney Michael C. Manning, on a lawsuit Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio have filed against the Board of Supervisors and several judges and attorneys, alleging that they blocked the pair's investigation into the new Superior Court tower.

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Capitol Quotes 12/4

"My big fear is that the governor is going to play a Grinch for Christmas and put coal in the taxpayers' stockings by hiking taxes." - Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, saying he would show up if the Legislature convenes for a special session in December.

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Capitol Quotes 11/25

"They do good things 99 percent of the time." - Gov. Jan Brewer, commenting on the Legislature, while criticizing the League of Arizona Cities and Towns' recent lawsuit against the state.

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Capitol Quotes 11/20

"This state is in crisis and it is very disappointing and frankly embarrassing that one member of our caucus did not have the decency to show up. I left the floor open to give him every opportunity to do the right thing." - Senate President Bob Burns, noting in a media release that he is disappointed that Sen. Thayer Verschoor was absent from the floor during the final Senate vote on budget bills.

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Capitol Quotes 11/13 (access required)

"The Legislature is no longer in a position of cutting - the economy's taking care of that. The money's not there." - Senate President Bob Burns, a Republican from Peoria, speaking Nov. 12 about how the state needs to approach future budget deficits.

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