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Miranda upset that Gallardo will be unopposed in Senate race (access required)

Rather than face a potential challenge to her nominating petitions, Rep. Martha Garcia, a Phoenix Democrat, withdrew from her Senate race after finding discrepancies in her signatures. Her departure left Steve Gallardo, a former House member, as the lone candidate in District 13, almost certainly assuring him a seat in the 30-member chamber next year. But not everyone is happy about that.

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Clergy v. S1070 (access required)

When religious groups speak out on public policy, many Arizona lawmakers listen closely - except when it comes to immigration issues.

Collaboration during the past few years between faith-based lobbyists and lawmakers who say religious doctrine is the core of their political ideology has led to new state laws restricting abortion, boosting enrollment in private schools and banning gay marriage.

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