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The backstory is always more interesting (access required)

Sometimes the story about getting the story is better than what ends up in print. This time, we’re determined not to let that happen. It’s just too doggone funny. Hours before the fiscal deadline and with a government shutdown looming, the ...

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Kavanagh says TABOR might replace flat tax (access required)

House Appropriations Chairman Rep. John Kavanagh said some legislators have started to tout a taxpayer bill of rights, or TABOR, as an alternative to a flat income tax rate in the 2010 budget. Speaking at legislative wrap-up breakfast hosted by ...

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Budget runs into problems in Senate Approps (access required)

The Senate Appropriations Committee has recessed twice after starting today’s budget hearings hours later than they had planned. The first recess was called after the committee voted down the first of 9 budget bills on the agenda. S1470 was rejected after a ...

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Budget vote possible Saturday; rules intact (access required)

The following question was raised by an astute reader who commented on a Capitol Times story earlier today: Can the Legislature vote on a budget this Saturday, June 27, considering measures must be read in chamber three times and on different days? The ...

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Arizona Chamber chairman passes gavel (access required)

During its 2009 Meeting & Awards, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Dick Hannon of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona "passed the gavel" to Chairman-Elect Don Robinson of APS. The organization's annual event also featured awards and introduced a slew of new leaders.

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Justices quick on the draw, but ruling odd (access required)

That was fast. And somewhat bewildering. It took the Arizona Supreme Court roughly five hours to issue a ruling that left both sides claiming victory in a legal challenge that resulted from the seriously fouled up budget negotiations between Gov. Jan ...

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Supreme Court rules on ELL case (access required)

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a few cases that impact Arizona, including the English language learners case. AZCapitolTimes.com will provide updates and reaction from lawmakers. For now, check out the court’s official ruling at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/08pdf/08-289.pdf

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What’s on tap (access required)

The Senate is back in full gear today, trying to make up for lost time on non-budget bills. After working the past two Fridays, the chamber seems intent on finishing work on at least some of the measures that have ...

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