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Lawmakers preparing for special session on ‘top-2’ primary (UPDATED) (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer wants lawmakers to refer a measure to the ballot to correct what she views as the most glaring problem with a proposal to create a “top-two” primary election system in Arizona.

But while many lawmakers have talked for months about referring a competing ballot measure that could potentially sink the Open Elections/Open Government Act in November, Brewer wants to keep the focus of a planned special session narrow.

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Jan Brewer: Dismisses budget differences, says everybody ‘went home happy’ (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer had a big agenda for Arizona’s centennial year.

In her fourth year as governor, Brewer wanted a budget that gave more money to education, public safety and health services. She wanted sweeping changes that would overhaul the way Arizona hired and fired state employees. And she wanted to continue the economic recovery that she has consistently referred as the “Arizona comeback.”

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GOP compromise budget gives $450M to rainy day fund, $7M to tourism (access required)

As Republican lawmakers begin to receive briefings on the budget deal that GOP leaders and the Governor’s Office agreed to in principle April 25, details are beginning to emerge.

The major sticking point between the two sides has been revenue projections — not just for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1, but also for the following two years. Though Gov. Jan Brewer had been unwilling to adopt the Legislature’s more cautious revenue estimates, it appears she had a change of mind.

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Dust-up leads to Clemency director’s firing (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer fired the outgoing executive director of the Board of Executive Clemency after three newly confirmed appointees showed up late for work Monday.

Their tardiness caused a two-hour delay of clemency hearings as victims and families of prisoners stood by disgruntled, and waited for a quorum to form.

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