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Martin campaign off to slow start (access required)

Shortly after Dean Martin entered the race in January, a Rasmussen Reports poll showed him with a slight edge over Gov. Jan Brewer, as did another poll by the same firm in late March. But his lead disappeared in a mid-April Rasmussen poll, which showed him in fourth place behind Brewer, Buz Mills and former Arizona Republican Party Chairman John Munger. And a May 4 Rocky Mountain Poll by the Behavior Research Center put Martin in third place, trailing Brewer by 12 points.

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Patchwork changes to immigration law came in waning hours of session

Rep. Russ Jones and Sen. Russell Pearce, sponsor of S1070, negotiated 11th-hour changes to Arizona’s strict new immigration law. Key changes were made to Jones’ trailer bill, H2162, that clarified the definition of “lawful conduct” and prescribed guidelines for law enforcement. But not everyone is pleased with the amendments.

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Next stop for Pearce’s immigration bill: House floor (access required)

For years, beating the drum for increased local authority to pursue illegal immigrants has delivered some of Arizona's lawmakers waves of public support, and to a lesser degree, brought criticism. But because immigration issues tend toward the hyperbolic in Arizona, and the approaching election beckons lawmakers to appear tougher on immigration than those gunning for their seats, a bill that promises to render a great deal of that increased authority looks more likely than ever to become law.

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