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Can’t we all just get along — occasionally? Top bipartisan moments of 2010 (access required)

Real cross-party dialogue on major issues like the budget and immigration was pretty much non-existent this past session, where compromise, once a virtue, acquired a negative connotation. But veer away from the spotlight and you’ll discover pockets of cooperation initiated by rank-and-file members, and many bills actually passed with bipartisan support, a handful of them unanimously.

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Leader emerges in LD2 Senate race

Former legislator Jack Jackson, Jr. holds the early lead in the Democratic Senate primary in Legislative District 2, an expansive area in Northeast Arizona. Jackson, who is in the four-way Democratic primary for the seat now held by Albert Hale, ...

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UpClose with Albert Hale  (access required)

Sen. Albert Hale lives in two distinct worlds. On weekdays, he uses his skills as an attorney to represent the Navajo people and other Native American tribes at the state Capitol. He's one of only two Native Americans in the Anglo-dominated Arizona Legislature.

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Burns removes two from Senate Approps   (access required)

Senate President Bob Burns has reduced the size of the Senate Appropriations Committee to 9 from 11 members, removing Sen. John Huppenthal and Sen. Albert Hale. Huppenthal, a Chandler Republican, was appointed temporarily to the committee last year to replace Sen. Pamela Gorman. He requested to be removed for the 2010 session.

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When the offer’s off

After the bills passed, Sen. Albert Hale complained that he and the Republicans were in the middle of negotiations when leadership decided to go ahead and vote the bill out, presumably since they already had Sen. Thayer Verschoor's vote. The move doesn't bode well for future negotiations, Hale said.

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Budget bill fails in Senate; Verschoor AWOL (access required)

The Senate has hit a major snag and has failed to pass the main budget measure that is part of a package that partially fixes a $2-billion deficit, and it has adjourned until Nov. 23. The bill went down by a vote of 14-13. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray voted "no" so he could bring the vote up for reconsideration later. All the Democrats voted "no" on the bill. So did Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu Republican.

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