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Popular eatery for political power brokers celebrates 80 years

In 1993, a handful of notable politicians gathered in the backroom of a small diner in downtown Phoenix to hammer out a deal that would allow Native American tribes to operate casinos on their land in Arizona. The politicians at the table included state Attorney General Grant Woods, Gov. Fife Symington and U.S. Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

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Capitol Police confiscated 170 weapons this year

More than 170 weapons were seized by security at Arizona Capitol buildings in 2009, according to the Arizona Capitol Police. The weapons seized include 117 knives, 54 handguns, three box-cutters, one can of Mace, one can of pepper spray, a wrench and an iron bar, said Andrew Staubitz, commander of the Capitol Police.

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Registrar of Contractors among agencies looking for budget fix

When the Legislature meets in a special session later this month, one of the agencies whose budget problems they will attempt to fix is the Registrar of Contractors. Tyler Palmer, legislative liaison for the Registrar of Contractors, said the agency lost about $390,000 in funding for operating costs when Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a budget bill in September.

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Arizona’s leading ladies

Michael Kurtenbach recalls Janet Napolitano's election over Matt Salmon for governor in 2002. He remembers seeing her inauguration speech on TV when he was 13 and seeing her leave for Washington D.C. earlier this year. However, one thing the 18-year-old political science major at Arizona State University doesn't remember, is a man serving as Arizona's governor.

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Budget Web site to cost fraction of $100M estimate

It looks like Arizona won’t have to spend $100 million to put state budget information online. In fact, not even close. The cost of the Financial Transparency Web site scheduled to be launched in 2011 is estimated to cost $740,000, according to a Sept. 1 report by the General Accounting Office.

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