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Democratic leader won’t rule out voting for GOP budget

In all probability, Republican legislative leadership and the governor will need Democratic votes in the Senate to pass a referral to increase the state sales tax. If bipartisan talks take place, the job of negotiating the terms will fall on Jorge Luis Garcia, the Democratic minority leader from Tucson.

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Waring decides to run for Congress (access required)

Sen. Jim Waring, a Republican from Phoenix, is running for U.S. congressman John Shadegg’s seat. Shadegg said on Jan. 14 that he will retire at the end of his term. Waring is the second lawmaker to announce he is seeking ...

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Media coverage at Capitol gets more difficult  (access required)

A room that for the past 30 years has hummed with the staccato typing on keyboards as reporters scurried to meet deadlines has been refurbished and hollowed out to accommodate rows of chairs and a large conference table. And the room is no longer a media headquarters; instead it be used by Senate Republicans to hold caucus meetings.

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Burns removes two from Senate Approps   (access required)

Senate President Bob Burns has reduced the size of the Senate Appropriations Committee to 9 from 11 members, removing Sen. John Huppenthal and Sen. Albert Hale. Huppenthal, a Chandler Republican, was appointed temporarily to the committee last year to replace Sen. Pamela Gorman. He requested to be removed for the 2010 session.

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