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Yee takes oath as newest House member (access required)

Republican Kimberly Yee, a well known policy advisor, took her oath as the Legislature's newest member on Aug. 4. The Maricopa Board of Supervisors appointed Yee to the House two days before as a replacement to Doug Quelland, who was removed from office for violating campaign-finance laws.

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Lobbyist Ed Wren passes away

Another blow struck the lobbying community July 31, when veteran lobbyist Ed Wren died because of complications from a heart surgery. He had the surgery about two weeks ago; his condition deteriorated, according to his family. He was 68. Wren ...

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Up Close with John McComish (access required)

Rep. John McComish is on the short list of incumbents who won’t face an election challenge this year. McComish has neither a primary nor a general election opponent, which means he’ll join the Senate next year without having to go through the wringer.

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Demonstrators engage in passionate debate

For Irene Chavez, a retired teacher from Fountain Hills, the battle against Arizona’s new immigration law is the new front of the civil rights movement. “We stepped back into the 1960s,” she told the Arizona Capitol Times outside the Sandra Day O’Connor Federal Courthouse in downtown Phoenix.

Inside, a judge heard arguments for and against S1070.

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Menlove dies in Flagstaff (access required)

Lobbyist Mitch Menlove died in Flagstaff early Monday morning. Details involving the 36-year-old Valley resident's death were not immediately available, but his wife, Elizabeth, said in a statement that his passing was unexpected and due to heart complications.

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