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Waring says he’ll resign today (access required)

Sen. Jim Waring, a Phoenix Republican who is running for U.S. Rep. John Shadegg’s seat, said he will turn in his resignation letter today. Waring said he wanted to make sure that his bills — among other things — are taken care of before he steps down.

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‘I hate this bill and I vote aye’ (access required)

Last year, Sen. Jack Harper gave his word that he would vote for a bill to restrict notary publics from notarizing documents that would present a conflict of interest. He made good on his promise by voting for it in committee. But when the bill failed there, Harper said he was relieved that it didn't pass. The situation illustrates the fact that lawmakers sometimes vote for measures they don’t necessarily like.

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Waring decides to run for Congress (access required)

Sen. Jim Waring, a Republican from Phoenix, is running for U.S. congressman John Shadegg’s seat. Shadegg said on Jan. 14 that he will retire at the end of his term. Waring is the second lawmaker to announce he is seeking ...

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Lawmakers’ first duty: Show up and vote (access required)

Here’s the simple mathematics of representative government: Arizona taxpayers pay for lawmakers to show up and vote on every bill in the Legislature. Now here’s the flaw in that equation: Lawmakers get paid whether they show up or not. Unfortunately, many Arizona residents were underrepresented at the Capitol during last year’s regular legislative session.

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Capitol Quotes 12/18 (access required)

"Ron Gould has the right ideas. He thinks right. He has the right mindset, but he won't negotiate." - Senate Majority Whip Steve Pierce, in defense of Senate President Bob Burns' decision to abolish Senator Gould's Retirement and Rural Development Committee.

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Capitol Quotes 12/11 (access required)

"I think that this most recent move, this RICO case against members of the judiciary, is maybe his Waterloo." - Phoenix attorney Michael C. Manning, on a lawsuit Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and Sheriff Joe Arpaio have filed against the Board of Supervisors and several judges and attorneys, alleging that they blocked the pair's investigation into the new Superior Court tower.

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Treasurer’s race hinges on incumbent (access required)

Much of the uncertainty surrounding the race to become the next state treasurer hinges on whether Dean Martin will challenge Gov. Jan Brewer for her office or continue serving as the fourth-ranking state executive. Even if Martin has decided to run against Brewer, he can't announce it anyway. If he does before January, he would have to resign as treasurer.

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