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Parker: State must move beyond ‘political clones’ (access required)

Standing before a backdrop of Paradise Valley's majestic mountains, Mayor Vernon Parker publicly announced his candidacy for governor. "And as we stand and look at this brilliant sunset ... some would say that the sun is setting on Arizona. I see it differently. I see the sun rising, and a bright future for this great, proud state," he said.

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Wanted: new revenue (access required)

Lawmakers will be facing quite the conundrum in 2010 - how to raise more revenue for the cash-strapped state without raising taxes. The Republican-led Legislature stymied attempts by Gov. Jan Brewer to put a sales tax increase on the ballot, and outright rejected the idea of passing a tax increase itself.

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Parker takes first step toward run for governor (access required)

Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker took his first step toward making a run for governor in 2010, filing an exploratory committee with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office on Sept. 22. A public announcement of his candidacy is expected Sept. 23, when Parker will attend a GOP event at the Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa.

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Kirkpatrick facing criticism from Republicans and environmentalists (access required)

As soon as the 2008 election ended, Arizona Republicans were evaluating which of the state's congressional Democrats would be the most vulnerable targets in 2010, and first-term representative Ann Kirkpatrick was near the top of everyone's list. Now, Kirkpatrick's left flank is under attack as well from environmentalists unhappy with her record.

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Brewer approves $50 million in stimulus money for Corrections (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer on Sept. 18 approved the use of $50 million in federal stimulus money to help pay the salaries of Department of Corrections officers. The $50 million is the first portion awarded by Brewer from a pool of stimulus money called the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Government Services Fund. The $185 million pool can be used by the governor for essentially any government services she wants.

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Rabago will decide on AG race by year’s end

Assistant Attorney General Vince Rabago acknowledged that he is among the ever expanding group of people who are eying the 2010 AG's race. Rabago, an assistant AG in Attorney General Terry Goddard's Tucson office, has not yet filed an exploratory committee or made a decision to run, but said he will decide by the end of the year.

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Financial Institutions agency seeks self-funding (access required)

The demands placed on the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions grew rapidly with the state's booming housing market, and haven't abated much with the subsequent bust. What's more, the state's crippling budget crisis has stripped the department of some of its resources at a time when it needs them most.

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