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Defining Courage (access required)

Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk

In handling many of the state’s most politically-charged cases, Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk has drawn on lessons from the Nazis’ rise to power.

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Judicial imbalance (access required)

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Relatively few private attorneys want to become judges in Arizona

Stagnant salaries and diminished retirement benefits keep private attorneys from joining Arizona’s bench, which is becoming unbalanced by increasing numbers of former government lawyers, said a lobbyist for Arizona judges.

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Search warrant provides details into investigation of Gary Husk (access required)

Gary Husk (courtesy Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A small group of lobbyists with Husk Partners met in an office in 2009 at the firm as allegations of a Fiesta Bowl scandal involving illegal political contributions swirled.

Lobbyists John MacDonald, Dana Paschke and Dean Miller made a pact of sorts as they looked over the statute outlawing reimbursement of contributions, according to a search warrant affidavit that provides details of an investigation into the firm’s recently indicted head, Gary Husk.

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Dual lists, dueling officials (access required)

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Conflicting policies likely to produce headaches as elections approach

Attorney General Tom Horne says he suspects the few voters who didn’t prove their citizenship when they registered with federal forms are in the U.S. illegally.

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State secret (access required)

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Arizona tries to conceal identity of firm that makes chemical for lethal injections

Masks are synonymous with executioners. So in keeping with that tradition, the Arizona Department of Corrections tried to follow other states and extend anonymity to the company that makes the chemical used in lethal injections.

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