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Cowboy lawmaker Brown rides off after 36 years (access required)

The state is losing an icon and one of the last remaining cowboy legislators. Although Jack Brown's legacy in Arizona history has been cemented by his 36 years as a legislator, his departure will be bittersweet, as his effort to keep all state parks open fell by the wayside this year.

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Under the spotlight

The national outcry against S1070 has surprised both backers and opponents of the tough illegal-immigration measure. USA Today opined the bill as the "ugliest" bad solution to illegal immigration, while Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show" called the state the "meth lab of democracy."

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Lofty goal of transparency falls short (access required)

Kirk Adams may have set the bar impossibly high. As part of his bid to become speaker in late 2008, he distributed a well-polished 16-page book that laid out exactly what he would do if elected by his Republican colleagues to lead the House of Representatives.

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Brenda Burns announces for Corp. Commission

Former lawmaker Brenda Burns has issued a press release announcing she had collected more than 4,000 petition signatures in her candidacy for the vacant seat on the Corporation Commission. Commissioner Kris Mayes will reach her term limit this year. Burns’ announcement ...

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UpClose with Rep. Jack Brown (access required)

St. Johns resident and perennial lawmaker Jack Brown turned 80 this year, making him the oldest legislator in the state. Brown was a freshman lawmaker in 1963, the year the Beatles released their first album and "Dr. No" kicked off decades of James Bond movies.

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