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Biggs, as Senate majority leader, less vocal in opposing bills (access required)

On several occasions, the Senate majority leader voted with the losing side — and against the majority in his caucus.

Those occasions are a stark reminder that the man Republicans picked as caucus leader is a fiscal conservative with a libertarian streak, who backs or supports measures depending on how they hew to or diverge from his reading of the U.S. Constitution.

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Republicans decide against trying to override any of Brewer’s vetoes (access required)

Before the session began, Republicans crowed about the super majorities, and boasted that it would allow them to overrule Gov. Jan Brewer, should she have the temerity to veto their bills.

But Brewer vetoed 29 bills this year, including several that had overwhelming Republican support in both chambers. And despite their supermajority advantage, the Republicans in the House and Senate never once tried to override a veto.

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Multistate compacts in vogue, not ready for prime time in Arizona (access required)

The sheer number of legislative proposals that were introduced this year seeking to defy the federal government seemed to affirm Arizona’s credentials as a bastion of the states’ rights movement.

But nearly all of the bills that would have allowed Arizona to band together with other states in attempts to check federal overreach fell by the wayside.

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Brewer backing away from special session talk (access required)

Lawmakers may not have to return to the Capitol this year after all.

Gov. Jan Brewer told the Arizona Capitol Times that she had no specific plans for special session and played down the possibility of calling legislators back, just weeks after she first said she was considering the idea for her state employee personnel reform plan.

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