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Miranda to run for House

Sen. Richard Miranda, a Democrat from Tolleson, will run for the House this year. Miranda cannot seek re-election to the 30-person chamber because he has reached his term limit.

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Braswell assumes Senate seat

Residents from Legislative District 6 have a new senator. David Braswell, chairman of the district's Republican Party, formally assumed office after a brief swearing-in ceremony on the Senate floor on Feb. 6.

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Harper: Tolerating gays in military a mistake

Sen. Jack Harper stood up during a discussion on the Senate floor to explain that it was a mistake for President Obama to advocate for changes to the "Don't ask, don't tell" directive that has kept gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military.

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UpClose with Donna Hamm (access required)

Donna Hamm has been lobbying on behalf of prisoners and their families for nearly three decades. She became a justice of the peace in 1981, shortly after moving to Arizona from Ohio. During a tour of one of the state's prisons, she realized the state wasn't doing a good job of preparing prisoners for re-integration into society.

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Harper proposal targets adoptions by homosexuals (access required)

Sen. Jack Harper said he intended to craft a law that would stop "activist judges" from taking children away from heterosexual couples and giving custody to gay people. But the measure he is sponsoring would have a much broader impact on Arizona's adoption laws.

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