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S1070 legal defense fund reaches $48,000

The Governor's Office has collected more than $48,000 in the past six weeks to help defend the nation's toughest immigration law and hopes to collect more with the launch of a new website designed to streamline the collection of more donations.

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UpClose with Rita Maguire (access required)

Rita Maguire has a long history with Arizona public policy. She began as an intern in the state Senate, helped draft some of the state’s major laws as a legislative committee analyst, led the Department of Water Resources and headed up a think tank. Now a water attorney, Maguire recently represented Prescott and Prescott Valley in litigation with Salt River Project over a proposed water ranch near the Verde River.

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Court perfect at the plate in 2010 – 5 of 5 bills signed

To say the 2010 regular legislative session was different than the 2009 session would be an understatement of epic proportions. Gone was the Senate’s 2009 moratorium on hearing bills until after the budget work was completed. Gone, too, was the combative relationship between legislative leaders and Gov. Jan Brewer.

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House speaker channels his ‘inner Russell Pearce’

Kirk Adams presided over the House of Representatives during what may go down as one of the most conservative legislatures in Arizona history. The past two years have seen more than $2 billion in spending cuts as lawmakers grappled with annual budget deficits totaling nearly three times that amount, as well as a raft of conservative policy decisions on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

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