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Brewer may use immigration in move to the right (access required)

At a time when Gov. Jan Brewer needs all the Republican support she can muster, some see her recent statements about illegal immigration as a way to court the conservative base. But what role the contentious issue will play in the 2010 Republican primary is far from certain.

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Preparation for special session No. 5 underway (access required)

Legislative leaders have started asking individual members when they would be available to meet again in December, the Arizona Capitol Times has learned. They are eyeing a special session that would begin Dec. 15 or 16. It would be the fifth special session of the year.

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Repeal of mortgage bill signed into law (access required)

The Arizona Bankers Association's goal of clamping down on speculative investors who fueled the state's foreclosure crisis will have to wait, now that state lawmakers and Gov. Jan Brewer repealed contested foreclosure legislation passed earlier this year.

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SRP fighting to keep records private (access required)

The nation's third-largest public power utility and one of the state's largest water suppliers avoided a ruling earlier this year that would have determined whether it was subject to Arizona public records law. But now the Salt River Project is again bracing against claims that its quasi-governmental status requires it to maintain and provide access to documents.

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The Pulse: Joe won’t decide on governor bid until May (access required)

With a new poll showing Sheriff Joe Arpaio able to trounce any other Republican in a gubernatorial primary, America's Toughest Sheriff continues to flirt with the notion of running for the state's top office - although every political observer this side of the Gila River doubts he would ever make such a move.

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Barnes’ comments take a turn for the weird

While the Senate barely said a word about the budget bills, the House spent more than an hour debating their merits when they came up for a vote Nov. 23. It was a strikingly partisan debate on spending cuts to education and social services. At times it was adversarial. At other times it was just strange.

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