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Border to top Burke’s agenda as U.S. attorney

Dennis Burke hasn't officially taken his post as Arizona's next U.S. attorney, but he's already familiar with an area that may be his top priority as a federal prosecutor - the border. Just days after being nominated by President Barack Obama as U.S. attorney for Arizona, Burke was on the border at Nogales, part of three days of meetings with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's border czar. Obama and U.S. Attorney Eric Holder have made drug trafficking and human smuggling a top priority, and Burke said he plans to put those issues at the top of his agenda as well.

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At long last, Allen’s E.R. malpractice bill signed

A four-year battle for Sen. Carolyn Allen came to end with a stroke of the governor's pen. Gov. Jan Brewer on July 13 signed S1018, which raises the burden of proof for medical malpractice lawsuits against emergency room physicians. Allen, a Scottsdale Republican, had tried unsuccessfully for years to get the measure passed, only to see it fail to reach the governor's desk.

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GAO stimulus report shows no major issues for Arizona

Questions over whether Arizona was jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money were alleviated when the Legislature approved several new budget measures, and a federal report issued days later showed the state has had no major problems complying with the stimulus act.

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Brewer, Cardon proclaim a new day at Commerce Department (access required)

For much of its existence, the Arizona Department of Commerce has served as a political punching bag for those who believe the agency's work is inefficient, its mission vague and its credibility questionable. Don Cardon doesn't deny that some of those things have been true in the past, but a transformation is underway.

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Brewer signs first batch of non-budget bills (access required)

Members of the military were largely the beneficiaries of the first batch of non-budget bills signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. Brewer on July 9 signed 19 of the nearly 200 bills that were transmitted to her when the Legislature adjourned sine die on July 1.

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