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Lawmakers push election overhaul — target early voting, contributions, signature gathering (access required)

Lawmakers push election overhaul — target early voting, contributions, signature gathering <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Maricopa County elections officials don’t want to see a repeat of 2012.

After Election Day, the county had a record number of provisional ballots. For two weeks afterward, they counted votes, including thousands of provisional ballots caused by people who had received early ballots in the mail but chose to vote in person on Election Day instead.

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Future illegal immigration legislation murky after Supreme Court ruling (access required)

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed in on SB1070, lawmakers appear to be in no hurry to take on the sequel. While some lawmakers say Arizona should keep building on what they see as a victory in the high court and keep pushing for new legislation — including a handful of bills that failed in 2011 — many others, even some staunch illegal immigration hawks, are reluctant to go further.

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Critics say ACA tax credits to businesses should be fully disclosed (access required)

Since the Arizona Commerce Authority officially launched on July 1, it has awarded $17.2 million in incentives to companies moving to or expanding in Arizona. But detailed information is available for less than half of that money.

That’s because $9.3 million has been awarded in the form of tax credits, which are defined in Arizona statute as confidential taxpayer information.

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