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Parker treads fine line by heading anti-tax committee (access required)

Clean Elections watchdogs are keeping a wary eye on Save Our Jobs: Stop the Tax Hike, a committee formed by gubernatorial hopeful Vernon Parker. The committee, which Parker founded earlier this month, aims to block a 1-cent sales tax increase proposed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

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Lobbyist, lawmaker to resume Clean Elections clash (access required)

The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has renewed a $6,500-per-month contract with lobbyist Mike Williams, setting up another battle over the fate of the public campaign-funding system. Todd Lang, director of the Clean Elections Commission, said hiring a lobbyist was necessary to protect a system he credits with increasing political participation of the public and encouraging people to run for office.

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