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

Rep. Bob Robson

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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Rail and roads (access required)

SRP panel gives final approval to $1M donation

The iArizona Committee is headed by Mesa Mayor Scott Smith and backed by a broad coalition of local politicians, construction contractors and business interests. Their ultimate goal is to boost Arizona’s economy and status as a transportation hub connecting Los Angeles, Dallas and Mexico, as well as linking Arizona’s manufacturing and economic hubs to one another.

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The Power of Money (access required)

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New campaign finance laws could restore clout of business community

Business interests that once served as the gatekeepers of Arizona’s elections may be regaining some of the clout they lost during the Clean Elections era.

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