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SB1062 drew attention to Arizona and set the tone for the 2014 session (access required)

Opponents of Arizona's recently passed "religious freedom" bill SB1062 rally in front of the capitol Feb. 24 (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

SB1062 forced the Arizona business community to push back against Republicans in the Legislature and take a more active role in opposing legislation many viewed as bad for business and Arizona’s image. And while maintaining the bill was mischaracterized following the outcry over the intent, some Republican leaders were wary to take on other headline-grabbing controversial measures this year.

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Suburbs continue to grow rapidly, census figures show


The push to what used to be the edges of metro civilization continues in Arizona. New figures today from the U.S. Census Bureau show five cities with double-digit population growth between the official 2010 count and estimates as of last July 1. And four of them are along the outer growth rings around Phoenix.

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