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Freshmen lawmakers – notables from the class of 2015 (access required)

Newly elected Rep. Chris Ackerly, a teacher and pro-education Republican, won heavily in the Pima County portion of southern Arizona’s Legislative District 2.

In the upcoming 2015 legislative session, one-third of the lawmakers in the Arizona House of Representatives will be freshmen. The 21 freshmen lawmakers – including four who are returning to the Capitol after absences, some for more than a decade – come from diverse backgrounds. They include a surgeon, a dentist, two teachers, two restaurant owners, a judge and a talk show host, to name a few.

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Arizona cannot delay education finance reform much longer

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Arizonans went to the polls earlier this month to elect a new governor and decide who would represent them in many state offices and the United States Congress. Of the 35 legislative candidates that the Chamber’s Political Action Committee endorsed in the General Election, 34 won their races and will join or re-join the Arizona Legislature when the session begins in January. These candidates are committed to the same economic initiatives as the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce: economic growth, job creation and business retention.

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Burgeoning beer business seeks lifeline from Legislature (access required)

Andy Ingram, head brewer at Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, describes the beer brewing process at their 18-year-old facility, which produces about 80,000 kegs or just less than 10 million beers each year. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

There’s a battle brewing over microbreweries. For Arizona’s two largest craft beer brewing companies, business is booming. In fact, Four Peaks and San Tan brewing companies are producing so much beer that they’re pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a microbrewery. They’re brushing up against state-imposed caps on the amount of beer a microbrewery can brew.

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