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Year in Review: Who’s Hot? Who’s Not? (access required)

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In Arizona, no one’s stock at the Capitol is higher at the end of 2015 than Gov. Doug Ducey’s. Several others were also ascendant in 2015. Here’s our list of the hot and not-so-hot personalities and issues that populated the Arizona Capitol Times’ pages during the past 12 months.

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Charlie Brown’s Saloon (access required)

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Built by Charles O. Brown (the taller man at left in the photo), a gambler said to have been a crack shot who carried several notches on his gun, the Congress Hall Saloon was the unlikely spot where the first Territorial Legislature in Tucson convened. The Capitol building, a series of adobe rooms with dirt floors and mud roofs, was spurned by lawmakers, who preferred to caucus at San Agustin Cathedral and hold informal meetings in the back room of Brown’s establishment.

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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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