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The era of conservatism — more or less (access required)

Fiscal hawks who took the reins of the state government this year promised a new era of conservatism and delivered where it mattered most — by drafting a spending plan that rejected gimmickry in favor of significant cuts to core government services.

But the aftershocks of 2010’s Republican tsunami were also felt elsewhere, and this Legislature’s Tea Party leanings became the refrain for the 2011 legislative session.

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Budget-cutting Legislature wraps up session (access required)

Conservative lawmakers who rose to power following the last election set the tone for this session and left significant marks on major pieces of legislation that have come to define the achievements and failures of Arizona’s 50th Legislature, which wrapped up the annual legislative session just as the sun was rising this morning.

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