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Misunderstanding blamed for delay of K-12 stimulus money (access required)

A misunderstanding regarding federal requirements delayed the implementation of a quarter-billion dollars in federal stimulus money for education. Gov. Jan Brewer submitted a request on June 25 for $250 million that did not meet federal guidelines for the money, according to the United States Department of Education.

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Arpaio responds to racial profiling allegations, SCA, 287(g) changes

Probably no public figure in Arizona inspires more devotion and loyalty from his supporters and more hatred from his critics than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In a revealing Q&A session, the feisty lawman denies racial profiling, says 287(g) changes won't affect his operations, clears up his relationship with Janet Napolitano and refuses to discuss SCA.

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No-names for governor (access required)

The political rumor mill is churning out names at a record pace for next year's gubernatorial race. But Robert Graham is not generally among them. Graham, a political neophyte and businessman who is seeking the Republican nomination, is one of 11 people who have registered as candidates for the 2010 governor's race.

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State may need to issue IOUs (access required)

Arizonans may no longer be able to take pride that things here haven’t gotten as bad as in California. State Treasurer Dean Martin said Arizona may need to start issuing IOUs if the Legislature and Gov. Jan Brewer fail to approve a budget by Aug. 17.

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No statewide sales tax vote on Nov. 3

There may still be a vote on temporarily raising the state's sales tax rate, but it won't be on Nov. 3. According to Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake, the next feasible date on which a special election could be held is Dec. 8. Municipal and school board elections will be held Nov. 3, and the voting machines will not be available for at least two weeks afterward because they will be sequestered for the election canvass, Drake said.

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