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Lawmakers push election overhaul — target early voting, contributions, signature gathering (access required)

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Maricopa County elections officials don’t want to see a repeat of 2012.

After Election Day, the county had a record number of provisional ballots. For two weeks afterward, they counted votes, including thousands of provisional ballots caused by people who had received early ballots in the mail but chose to vote in person on Election Day instead.

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Brewer approves emergency funding for CPS (access required)

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Gov. Jan Brewer signed an emergency appropriations bill today that provides $4.4 million for Child Protective Services to hire new staff, and lawmakers sent another bill to her desk to continue funding the Independent Redistricting Commission as it heads to trial in federal court.

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Joe Arpaio foes launch recall effort (access required)

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Members of the coalition that recalled former Senate President Russell Pearce are setting their sights on a bigger prize – Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Organizers of a recall campaign against the long-serving sheriff filed paperwork for their recall committee, Respect Arizona, with county election officials today.

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Hallman jumps into 2014 governor’s race (access required)

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Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman made his official entry into the 2014 governor’s race.

Hallman, a Republican, has long been an oft-rumored candidate for numerous offices. On Tuesday he filed a campaign committee with the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office for a gubernatorial run.

“We’re off and running,” Hallman said.

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Senators fast-track money for CPS, IRC (access required)

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Lawmakers plan to send two bills to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk by the end of the week: an emergency provision to hire new staff for Child Protective Services and $500,000 for the Independent Redistricting Commission for an upcoming trial in federal court.

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2 bills push student loyalty (access required)

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Two Republican lawmakers are taking slightly different tacks in their efforts to affirm Arizona students’ loyalty to their country.

One wants mandatory compliance. The other started out with the same idea, but has since had a change of heart.

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