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Immigration debate pressures McCain

Republican Sen. John McCain, who once championed a path to citizenship for the nation's roughly 12 million undocumented immigrants, is now pushing for a crackdown on illegals amid the toughest re-election fight of his career.

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Math doesn’t work for AZ payday loan industry

The math isn't adding up for Arizona's payday loan industry. The industry that provides small short-term loans is fighting in the Legislature to keep itself alive beyond a June 30 termination date that was included in the authorization law enacted 10 years ago.

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Legislation would lengthen divorce wait time

Social conservatives say Arizona should stand up for marriage by making it take longer to untie the knot. A Senate committee on Feb. 17 approved a bill to triple to 180 days the state's current 60-day period that courts must wait before considering a divorce request.

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AHCCCS drains cash, stirs debate

Arizona's Medicaid program has become both a budget headache and a political football, with its costly burgeoning enrollment and the possibility that national health care legislation will add even more red ink on the deficit-plagued state's bottom line.

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Arizona said to be on track for financing

Arizona is on track to complete a big financing deal needed so the cash-short state government can pay its bills during February, officials said Jan. 6. The Department of Administration said it plans to complete approximately $735 million of sale-leaseback financing for prisons, legislative buildings and other state properties this month.

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