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Issues that shaped 2009 (access required)

Beset by fiscal crisis, legislative gridlock and political infighting, 2009 wasn't the best of years for Arizona. The year opened with the state facing a massive budget crisis, and it ended with state leaders still searching for a solution. Jan Brewer was sworn in as governor to great Republican fanfare, only to have much of the party turn against her as she touted a tax hike as the only way to balance the budget. As Arizonans warily await the new year, here's a look back at the top 10 issues that shaped 2009.

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Wealthy candidates might aid Brewer in primary (access required)

Robert Graham and Owen "Buz" Mills lack the electoral résumés, name identification and deep-rooted political ties that most gubernatorial candidates rely on. They are hoping their experience in the private sector, and the deep pockets that have come with it, will make up for it.

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2 Dems eyeing run at GOP incumbent for secretary of state (access required)

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett now wants to stay right where he is, rather than try to move two floors up in the Executive Tower. Bennett, appointed to his position in January, was considering a run for governor, but now that Gov. Jan Brewer is seeking a full term, Bennett said he is no longer eyeing the Ninth Floor and is looking to keep his job on the seventh.

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Manning bows out of AG race (access required)

After months of flirting with a run for office, Phoenix attorney Michael C. Manning announced that he will not run for attorney general. Manning announced his decision in a letter on Dec. 8. Manning said he believes he would win the race, but decided against a run over concerns about what would happen to his law firm, Stinson, Morrison, Hecker LLP. He said a number of colleagues presented him with a signed petition about a month ago, asking him not to run.

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