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Tobin struggles in CD1 despite opponents’ gaffes (access required)

Rep. Andy Tobin, Rep. Adam Kwasman and Gary Kiehne are all vying for the GOP nomination to challenge Ann Kirkpatrick for Arizona's 1st Congressional District.

When Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin entered the race for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District, the Republican establishment breathed a collective sigh of relief. They finally had a strong candidate who could take on one of the most vulnerable Democrats in Congress, Ann Kirkpatrick, in November.

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Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Speaker Andy Tobin

House Speaker Andy Tobin (Photo from Andy Tobin's campaign web site)

For the first time since we began doing them, a leader has refused to sit down for a Session Wrap Q&A interview. Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin's office refused multiple requests to sit down for an interview, and the only explanation given was that he “wanted more control” over what would be printed. As a result, we were unable to ask Tobin about his experiences this year — or get his thoughts on his nearly eight years as a legislator, six years in leadership and three years as speaker, given that he is leaving the Legislature after this year.

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SB1062 drew attention to Arizona and set the tone for the 2014 session (access required)

Opponents of Arizona's recently passed "religious freedom" bill SB1062 rally in front of the capitol Feb. 24 (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

SB1062 forced the Arizona business community to push back against Republicans in the Legislature and take a more active role in opposing legislation many viewed as bad for business and Arizona’s image. And while maintaining the bill was mischaracterized following the outcry over the intent, some Republican leaders were wary to take on other headline-grabbing controversial measures this year.

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