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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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Day 2: Tracking the special session    (access required)

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m. Senate President Bob Burns acknowledged it took a significant effort by Republicans and Democrats to pass all six special session budget bills out of his chamber, even though he wouldn’t “put it in the fiscally responsible plan category.”

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Two gun bills passed by Senate panel

A bill that makes significant changes to the state’s laws regarding concealed weapons was passed by a party-line vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Feb. 1 Republicans on the committee voted to pass S1102, while Democrats voted against it. ...

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