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Deschene throws hat in ring for secretary of state (access required)

Rep. Chris Deschene, a freshman Democrat from Window Rock, announced that he won’t seek re-election to the House of Representatives, and will instead run for Arizona’s second-highest office. The main duty of the secretary of state is to oversee elections, ...

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2 Dems eyeing run at GOP incumbent for secretary of state (access required)

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett now wants to stay right where he is, rather than try to move two floors up in the Executive Tower. Bennett, appointed to his position in January, was considering a run for governor, but now that Gov. Jan Brewer is seeking a full term, Bennett said he is no longer eyeing the Ninth Floor and is looking to keep his job on the seventh.

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Poll shows high approval rating for Sheriff Joe (access required)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio received a high approval rating in the most recent Cronkite/Eight poll. Sixty-one percent of Maricopa County voters said they approve or strongly approve of his job performance. Thirty-four percent disapprove or strongly disapprove. It’s one of those ...

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Blind veterans first to go digital with new ‘talking book’ players

Vince Morrison was one of the first in line to get a digital book player for the blind. As a veteran of World War II in Europe, he earned it. At 89, Morrison is legally blind. The Mesa resident now listens to books on tape, and soon he'll have access to the digital equivalent. He gets his recordings free from the Arizona State Braille and Talking Books Division. It administers the federally funded talking-books program on behalf of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

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Brewer might face a tough primary

During her 27 years in public office, Gov. Jan Brewer has never lost an election. But if she runs for a full term in 2010, some are predicting that streak could come to an inglorious end in the Republican primary.

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