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Brewer lofts ‘nuclear’ option, setting off redistricting turmoil (access required)

Republicans are nearly unanimous in their belief that something must be done about the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. As legislators prepare for a possible special session, however, they are divided on the next step.

Gov. Jan Brewer invoked the so-called nuclear option on Oct. 27 when she sent a letter to the IRC’s five members demanding explanations for handful of alleged improprieties. Under the Arizona Constitution, the letter is the first step Brewer must take to remove a commissioner, which requires the governor and two-thirds of the Senate.

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Small business’ top 10 legislative victories in 2011

The 50th Arizona Legislature has boldly staked its claim to being the most pro-small business Legislature in Arizona’s history. On issue after issue, legislators advanced measures to relieve the tax and regulatory burdens on the engines of our economic recovery, Arizona’s small businesses. Even in instances where lawmakers mistakenly pursued bad policy, they did so with the right motive in mind – creating more jobs.

Here are 2011’s top ten legislative victories for the small business.

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Border security laws may not secure very much (access required)

Like a fancy new car that just sits in the garage because the owner can’t afford to pay the insurance, cash-strapped Arizona may not have many opportunities to use two border security measures the Legislature passed.

Senate Bill 1495 authorizes the governor to establish the Arizona State Guard, which would be independent from the Arizona National Guard and under the exclusive control of the state, for any reason. And SB1406 gives a border security committee the green light to raise private funds to build a fence along the border.

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