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Brewer shows conservative streak, signs 3 abortion bills

Gov. Jan Brewer's decision to sign legislation imposing new restrictions on abortion showed her conservative stripes after months of wrangling with fellow Republicans over elements of her budget proposal. Her actions on the abortion bills also signaled a clear departure from those of her predecessor, Democrat Janet Napolitano, who vetoed similar measures passed during previous legislative sessions.

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GOP closes caucus after Harper, Allen exchange words (access required)

Senate Republicans closed their caucus from the public July 13 after two members got into a relatively heated discussion over how to deal with the governor and her proposal for a one-cent sales tax increase. After the two-hour closed-door meeting, senators said they talked about organizational matters, one of several subjects that they are permitted to go into executive session to discuss.

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Quorum likely for special session

Most Arizona senators will be present for the opening of the special session on July 6, according to staff members in their Senate offices. A handful will probably be absent, including senators Meg Burton Cahill of Tempe and Richard Miranda of Tolleson.

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