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Arizona hospitality industry fears more immigration backlash in 2011 (access required)

According to data released by Smith Travel Research, an independent firm serving the hospitality industry, hotels all across Arizona lost significant business while news coverage and commentary about SB1070 roared across the country.

Now industry insiders fear the latest slate of immigration bills will trigger another jolt of negative nationwide publicity, and lead to a second big decline in business.

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Immigration hardliners seemed to have true believers, but some Republicans are straying from the flock (access required)

With Republicans in firm control of Arizona’s government apparatus and Sen. Russell Pearce leading the Senate, more aggressive laws against illegal immigration seemed certain to emerge from the 2011 legislative session. But cracks are showing in the reputed Republican bastion built on dominance in the Arizona Legislature and Governor’s Office.

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Jobs bill survives late Senate debate (access required)

Despite strong objections from Democrats and some Republicans, the Senate leadership Tuesday evening pushed ahead to debate the jobs bill, a maneuver that moves the business-tax-cutting legislation closer to passage.

Having cleared the debate, the bill now goes to the full Senate for a formal “aye” or “nay” vote, which is expected on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

Whether the measure has sufficient support to pass — it needs only 16 votes — is uncertain.

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