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Bennett ends long exploration, kicks off gubernatorial campaign (access required)

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett announces his 2014 gubernatorial campaign Tuesday, November 12 at The Vig in downtown Phoenix. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Secretary of State Ken Bennett hasn’t exactly been shy about his gubernatorial ambitions. Bennett, a former Senate president, formed an exploratory committee in May 2011, just four months after being sworn in for his full term as secretary of state, and was open about his desire to run for the state’s top office well before that. But on Tuesday, about one year before the 2014 general election, Bennett officially kicked off his campaign for the Ninth Floor.

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Opposite of infamy: Arizona to dedicate its WWII memorial (access required)

Gun barrels from the USS Arizona (left) and the USS Missouri have taken their spots for display to the public in Wesley Bolin Plaza. The World War II artifacts will be unveiled to the public Dec. 7, ending a two-year effort by Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to save the gun barrels from the scrap heap. (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

One day after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, thrusting the United States into World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt told the nation that Dec. 7, 1941, was “a date which will live in infamy.”

Seventy-two years later, on Dec. 7, 2013, at an event that represents the opposite of infamy — appreciation, honor and respect — Arizona dedicates its World War II memorial at the east end of Wesley Bolin Plaza. It features two huge gun barrels resting side by side — one from the USS Arizona and the other from the USS Missouri, symbolically representing the beginning and the end of World War II.

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Dual lists, dueling officials (access required)

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Conflicting policies likely to produce headaches as elections approach

Attorney General Tom Horne says he suspects the few voters who didn’t prove their citizenship when they registered with federal forms are in the U.S. illegally.

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