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Money without merit (access required)

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Bonuses given to state workers who didn’t surrender protections

Raises for rank-and-file state employees came with a choice last year: Become an at-will employee in exchange for a 5-percent pay bump, or keep those protections and receive the same salaries they’d had since 2007.

The amount of money the deal directed toward political appointees and top staff, who are among the highest paid state employees, wasn't widely discussed.

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New contribution limits could be game-changer for campaigns (access required)

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Campaign cash may come pouring into some of Arizona’s top races next year thanks to a new law allowing candidates to raise far more money.

Critics say the bill will flood campaigns with more money and influence-buying, and that it may be the final nail in the coffin of Arizona’s voter-approved Clean Elections system.

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Gaming director may challenge Horne in GOP primary (access required)

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Mark Brnovich, the director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, may challenge Attorney General Tom Horne in the Republican primary next year. Brnovich, a former assistant U.S. attorney and assistant attorney general, said supporters have been urging him to run for the office.

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