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Interpreters for Maricopa County often sit idle

Late in 2009, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors began having an interpreter at their meetings, in response to a federal inquiry into the county's potential civil-rights violation for failing to provide an interpreter at public meetings for people who speak limited English. Since then, however, demand for the position has faded.

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Counties skittish about personnel reform bill (access required)

In a matter of hours, a dispute over a single word transformed a minor reform of county personnel systems into a full-blown overhaul.

County officials across the state are wary of a bill that many say was pushed through too hastily in the middle of the legislative session’s final night, with little input from the counties themselves. The bill wasn’t vetted properly, critics said, and is ripe for far-reaching unintended consequences.

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JP prepares for his own redistricting process (access required)

Judges in the state’s justice courts are redrawing their precinct boundaries, a process that attracts little public attention but carries a full measure of political drama and intensity.

And Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce oversees the politically-partisan process of redrawing Maricopa County’s justice court districts.

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Tucson restaurant a staple for politicians

If you want to watch politics in play, you could book a ticket to the next party conventions. You could join a campaign. Or you could head to South Tucson, sink into a green vinyl booth at Rigo's Mexican Restaurant on South Fourth and watch the political intrigue unfold.

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