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Bundgaard stays on as Majority Leader

Scott Bundgaard remains majority leader of the Arizona Senate after a closed caucus of Republicans met amid controversy over his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Gould, the Ethics Committee chairman, is still mulling the mechanics of a potential Ethics Committee hearing into the incident.

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The superminority quandary (access required)

House Democrats have introduced 178 bills in the 2011 legislative session, and at the 52-day mark only 19 of those bills remained alive.

In filing bills, they have a choice: Make a statement and lose, or move to the center and (maybe) survive.

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Women in Public Policy

Which veteran lawmaker is tone-deaf? Which one would pass out campaign yo-yos if she could? One even says she eats dessert first if it is available “just in case something happens” that would prevent her from enjoying it later. The 50th Legislature, which started in January, features 31 women lawmakers, which is an increase of three over the 49th Legislature’s total of 28. While this group grapples with the most daunting budget situation ever in Arizona, we wanted to find out how much hope they have in the legislative process and what they think their co-workers might say about them. We gave each woman lawmaker the chance to answer a four-question survey, with the caveat that each answer could only be two sentences.

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Not too competitive

The Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus today made it clear they believe maintaining districts that are practically guaranteed to send Hispanic lawmakers to the Legislature is more important than creating competitive districts.

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