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Treasurer’s race hinges on incumbent (access required)

Much of the uncertainty surrounding the race to become the next state treasurer hinges on whether Dean Martin will challenge Gov. Jan Brewer for her office or continue serving as the fourth-ranking state executive. Even if Martin has decided to run against Brewer, he can't announce it anyway. If he does before January, he would have to resign as treasurer.

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Lottery big part of state’s financial plans, but first voters must vote to keep it

While other contributors to state revenues have dropped off severely of late, the Arizona Lottery has been a growing source of tens of millions of dollars per year since its inception in 1980. The lottery funds a variety of voter-approved state programs in areas such as education, health and transportation and has contributed $2.3 billion in all to its beneficiaries.

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Report: DUI task force stops 20,000

More than 20,000 traffic stops have been made since the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety established a DUI task force to look for impaired drivers. Agency Director Alberto Gutier said Dec. 7 that more than 2,000 officers and deputies have been involved in the effort since it began on Thanksgiving weekend.

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Goddard sues over fake businesses

Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says he's suing three men for advertising at least 47 fictitious businesses in the Tucson Yellow Pages. David Sasson and David Peer, both of Clearwater, Fla., and Gilad Gill of the Bronx, N.Y., are accused of violating the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

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Manning bows out of AG race (access required)

After months of flirting with a run for office, Phoenix attorney Michael C. Manning announced that he will not run for attorney general. Manning announced his decision in a letter on Dec. 8. Manning said he believes he would win the race, but decided against a run over concerns about what would happen to his law firm, Stinson, Morrison, Hecker LLP. He said a number of colleagues presented him with a signed petition about a month ago, asking him not to run.

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Highway money on states’ radar

States are hoping that a job-creating initiative to be outlined by President Obama on Dec. 8 will include billions of dollars for infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, recession-worn Michigan may be ineligible for $475 million in federal highway money next year because it can't find $84 million in matching state funds.

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ADOT pledges to plow roads during storm

Despite a $100 million deficit, the Arizona Department of Transportation vows to keep roads in northern Arizona plowed and safe during a winter storm that is expected to hit Arizona this week. ADOT road crews plan to be out in force plowing at the same pace as last year.

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