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Brewer: multiple special sessions possible (access required)

The off-season for lawmakers might be even shorter than they thought. Since Gov. Jan Brewer partially vetoed the Legislature’s budget in early September, she has been adamant about the need to bring lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session to restore funding for a handful of state agencies, including the Arizona Corporation Commission and Department of Revenue.

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UpClose with John Munger (access required)

Though it's been nearly 25 years since John Munger directed the Arizona Republican Party, he has always remained a part of the political arena. The Tucson attorney has served as president of the Arizona Board of Regents and chairman of the Pima County GOP, and was known to political junkies in the Old Pueblo for his frequent appearances on the TV show "Arizona Illustrated."

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Symington bows out, backs Munger for governor

Fife Symington isn’t getting back into the gubernatorial arena. Instead, he said, the former governor is running vicariously through his friend John Munger. Symington on Oct. 8 announced that he is endorsing Munger, who recently filed to run for the ...

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Brewer hopes showing impact of cuts will spur revenue increase (access required)

At Brewer’s request, all state agency heads were required to submit reports detailing the effects 15-20 percent spending reductions would have on their departments. Those reports, which were due Oct. 9, are intended partly to demonstrate to the Legislature that sizeable cuts would have dramatic consequences, according to Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman.

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Napolitano: Changes coming for immigration detention

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a slate of reforms in the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement deals with the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrations it detains every year. Napolitano and ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton made the announcement on Oct. 6, outlining the need to tailor the agency's policies to its unique needs.

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Myriad questions await 2011 redistricting commission (access required)

When Arizona's second Independent Redistricting Commission convenes in 2011, it will have an advantage that its predecessor didn't - precedent. The first commission, created by a 2000 amendment to the Arizona Constitution to redraw the state's legislative and congressional districts, faced the prospect of ballot initiatives, new legislation and years of court challenges stemming from disputes over the way it determined district boundaries.

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Arpaio foe Manning eying AG run (access required)

Phoenix attorney Michael C. Manning, a vocal critic of Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has twice won multimillion dollar settlements in lawsuits against the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, is considering a run for Arizona attorney general.

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