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Brewer leaves complicated legacy (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Luige del Puerto/Arizona Capitol Times)

When Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano punched her ticket for President Obama’s Cabinet, Republicans were ecstatic that they’d get to replace her with Brewer, a staunch conservative with a record spanning more than two decades. Then Brewer made a swift departure from the conservative playbook, calling for a temporary sales tax increase to deal with the state’s massive budget woes.

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