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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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Munger files for gubernatorial run (access required)

Former Arizona Republican Party Chairman John Munger has officially thrown his hat in the ring for the 2010 governor's race, adding to what is becoming an increasingly crowded field for the Republican primary.

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State examining stimulus impact with an eye on jobs (access required)

State agencies are submitting their reports to the Governor's Office of Economic Recovery for the first comprehensive look at how Arizona has been impacted by the federal stimulus act. The Office of Economic Recovery, which oversees the state's use of money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will collect the data through Oct. 6 and plans to submit a report to federal officials two days later.

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Rasmussen poll puts Goddard over Brewer (access required)

A Rasmussen poll shows Gov. Jan Brewer's approval rating dropping into the 30s, and predicts a November win for Attorney General Terry Goddard if he faces her in the 2010 governor's race. The poll, released Sept. 29, is consistent with other recent polls showing Brewer's approval ratings dropping.

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Brewer looks back on session (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer is not a governor prone to second-guessing. While many lawmakers are eager to point out where they think she went wrong during her first legislative session on the Ninth Floor, whether it be her near single-minded pursuit of a temporary sales tax increase or their belief that she didn't communicate enough with legislators, Brewer doesn't appear to be having second thoughts.

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UpClose with Vernon Parker (access required)

Nothing in Vernon Parker's life has ever come easy. From the slums of Long Beach, Calif., where he grew up surrounded by drugs and crime, to the halls of Congress, where the former U.S. Department of Agriculture official faced what he calls a politically motivated investigation into federal contracts awarded to his consulting firm, Parker has faced his share of obstacles.

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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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