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Arizona woos Mexico, downplays anti-immigrant law

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2007, file photo, Border Patrol agents processes a number of illegal immigrants caught entering the United States, in Sasabe, Arizona. Arizona is still widely viewed in Mexico as the most anti-Mexico state in the U.S., even if the tough anti-migrant law behind that perception has been largely voided. But Arizona’s leaders are logging lots of miles to put a new face on their home state. Mexicans are already Arizona’s biggest foreign trade partners, with the state exporting $7 billion worth of goods last year, the U.S. Commerce Department says. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

MEXICO CITY — Mention Arizona and many Mexicans grimace. It's still widely viewed here as the most anti-Mexico state in the U.S., even if the tough anti-migrant law behind that perception has been largely voided. But Arizona's leaders are logging lots of miles to put a new face on their home state.

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Governor plans to focus on education, public safety and economic development (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

The 2013 legislative session ended with a bang, and Gov. Jan Brewer is hoping the bad blood and raw feelings won’t carry over to this year. The fireworks from last year’s Medicaid expansion fight are over, but there’s still work to do. As the governor enters her final legislative session – Brewer insists she can and might run again, though election law experts disagree and would-be successors are campaigning hard for her job – she plans to focus her attention on education, public safety and economic development.

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