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Budget and immigration, an inseparable diptych? (access required)

Senate President Russell Pearce, Arizona’s most prominent anti-illegal immigration firebrand, has always argued that illegal immigration and the state’s budget woes are inseparable. But the two issues may have formed a diptych in ways that many, including Pearce, probably did not anticipate.

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Senate Republicans finally pass budget

In a move that potentially sets the stage for a showdown with Gov. Jan Brewer, the Senate late Wednesday passed a budget proposal that cuts more than what the governor called for in January and rejects many of her accounting maneuvers to erase the fiscal deficit.

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Republicans advance immigration bills

A slew of immigration measures, including legislation that supporters say would get the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the issue of American citizenship, survived rigorous questioning on Tuesday, when senators conferred with party-mates to discuss them.

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Bundgaard is out

Embattled Sen. Scott Bundgaard was removed from his position as Senate majority leader during a closed-door meeting with colleagues on Tuesday morning.

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Immigration on the agenda

On the heels of saying he expects the Senate to vote on a budget as soon as tomorrow, Senate President Russell Pearce yesterday added three controversial immigration bills to the docket for today’s caucus discussions, signaling the bills may soon be debated by the entire body.

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Senate may revisit Bundgaard issue Tuesday (access required)

Senate Republicans are expected to revisit on Tuesday the issue surrounding calls by some members for Senate Majority Leader Scott Bundgaard to relinquish his leadership position following a physical altercation with his then-girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, last month.

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