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Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Speaker Andy Tobin

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Speaker Andy Tobin

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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Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Minority Leader Chad Campbell (access required)

Session Wrap 2014: UpClose with House Minority Leader Chad Campbell <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private life. Campbell has seen the state through good times and bad, and in this May 16 interview, he reflected on his time in the House with an air of relief to be leaving, and very little nostalgia.After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private life. Campbell has seen the state through good times and bad, and in this May 16 interview, he reflected on his time in the House with an air of relief to be leaving, and very little nostalgia.

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House GOP reach compromise, approve $9.2B budget (access required)

House GOP reach compromise, approve $9.2B budget <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

After a week of political bargaining over the state budget that included a failed attempt to consider the spending package on the floor and an emotionally charged press conference declaring negotiations had broken down, Republicans in the House of Representatives banded together to approve a $9.24 billion spending plan for the 2015 fiscal year late Thursday night.

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AZ House renews battle over Scottsdale sign walkers (access required)

AZ House renews battle over Scottsdale sign walkers <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

When Scottsdale started cracking down on sign walkers, ticketing and generally harassing people on the side of the road carrying signs advertising for businesses, Republican Rep. Bob Robson called it a “total abuse of power.” He and Republican Rep. Warren Petersen drafted a bill to stop the city.

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