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The Pulse: Joe won’t decide on governor bid until May

With a new poll showing Sheriff Joe Arpaio able to trounce any other Republican in a gubernatorial primary, America's Toughest Sheriff continues to flirt with the notion of running for the state's top office - although every political observer this side of the Gila River doubts he would ever make such a move.

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The Pulse: Maybe rules were meant to be broken

Looks like Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate are ignoring their own rules again. Gov. Jan Brewer recently made a rare visit to a Republican caucus meeting, prompting the GOP to kick out spectators and seal the doors - an apparent violation of Senate rules.

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The Pulse: Oh, Christmas tree

Pretty soon folks at the state Capitol will be taking the Holiday Tree out of storage. Well, at least that's the politically correct term former Gov. Janet Napolitano gave the artificial evergreen that sits every year in the lobby of the Executive Tower at 1700 W. Washington.

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UpClose with Tom Jenney

Tom Jenney, the state director for the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, has organized efforts to oppose the Obama health care plan, fights daily for smaller government and is not a fan of Gov. Jan Brewer, despite her party affiliation.

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Party like its 1990 – Symington vs. Goddard again?

Back in 1990, Arizonans witnessed a drawn-out fight for governor between two rising-stars: Fife Symington and Terry Goddard. Time magazine said of the contenders: "With his Jay Rockefeller looks, Jack Kennedy charm and squeaky-clean politics (he now refuses PAC money), Goddard has Democratic presidential hopeful written all over him." Calling Symington "the hope of the Republican middle," the article described him as having "the looks of a golf pro and the bankroll of a developer."

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