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Self preservation: Lawmakers lament recall process, want to make it more difficult (access required)

Still shaken from the successful recall of Senate President Russell Pearce, some lawmakers are seeking to make it more difficult for voters to oust politicians from office.

One Pearce ally plans to sponsor legislation that would require recall organizers to obtain signatures from a majority of registered voters in a district — an unprecedented proposal that would far exceed signature requirements in all other states that allow recalls.

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House spokesmen leaving for new jobs (access required)

The top spokesman for the House of Representatives resigned from his job last week and the No. 2 communications person will be leaving next month. The departures mean the posts will likely remain unfilled until after the holidays.

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Parks director headed for new job in Santa Barbara County (access required)

After two and a half years with Arizona State Parks, Renée Bahl will be leaving the agency in December for a new job in central-southern California’s coastal Santa Barbara County. Bahl came to the parks department when budgets were being slashed and the department was trying to determine which of the parks it was going to be able to keep open. Now, she said, the outlook is far rosier.

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