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Top-two primary advocates eye January launch

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson is hoping to have final language for his revamped top-two primary measure in November, with plans to launch the campaign and signature-gathering effort in January. “They key to the language, obviously, is keeping it simple enough that the voters will vote for it but still has enough meat on it that it’s enforceable.

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Congress returns from recess facing long to-do list, short calendar

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at dusk. It’s quiet now, but will be a lot livelier when Congress returns from its August recess on Sept. 8 and begins to tackle a long list of back-up legislation. (Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol)

When Congress returns today from a five-week vacation, its members had better be rested. They face a laundry list of issues, ranging from a vote on the Iran nuclear deal to a possible Planned Parenthood funding fight to gun control – not to mention the “elephant in the room,” passage of a federal budget by Sept. 30 to avoid a government shutdown.

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