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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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Free extension policy muddles APS rate case (access required)

Opponents of a policy that forces landowners, not APS, to foot the bill for extending power lines to their property have spent nearly a year drumming up support for their cause. Now, they will get a chance to plead their case to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Pearce: No support for ousting Gray (access required)

Sen. Russell Pearce said he has not seen any move in the Senate aimed at removing majority leader Chuck Gray from his leadership post, despite reports that he may suffer the same fate as recently ousted majority whip Pamela Gorman.

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Deputy takes reins at DOA, replaces Bell

Gov. Jan Brewer has named David Raber as interim director of the Arizona Department of Administration. Raber, who has worked in state government since 1989, served as deputy director for operations before being tapped by Brewer to stand in for ...

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Brewer’s bill signings overshadowed by tax plan? (access required)

Considering the internecine warfare that has been the hallmark of Jan Brewer’s tenure as governor, some Republicans may have been tempted to forget why they were so happy when Janet Napolitano left. But one look at the scores of conservative bills Brewer signed may be enough to jog their memories.

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