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Q&A with Senate Minority Leader with David Schapira (access required)

Senate Minority Leader David Schapira is a young man with responsibilities usually associated with more seasoned politicians. As a leading representative of Democratic interests in the Capitol, his job is to persuade Republicans to listen to alternative solutions, whether about balancing the budget or fixing the economy, and to try to forge partnerships with some of them to pass or block legislation.

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Pearce reserves “SB1070,” his favorite bill number (access required)

David Schapira, a Democrat from Tempe, dropped nine bills this week thinking one of them would be numbered "S1070." To his surprise, he got bill numbers “S1069” and “S1071,” but “S1070” went to Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of last year’s hotly-contested immigration policy.

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Dem targets texting while driving (access required)

The Arizona Legislature has balked at a statewide ban on texting while driving during each of the past three sessions despite bipartisan support for such a measure. So this year, a Tucson Democrat is planning a different approach.

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