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Judicial imbalance (access required)

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Relatively few private attorneys want to become judges in Arizona

Stagnant salaries and diminished retirement benefits keep private attorneys from joining Arizona’s bench, which is becoming unbalanced by increasing numbers of former government lawyers, said a lobbyist for Arizona judges.

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Human trafficking recommendations complete (access required)

Cindy McCain and Gilbert Orrantia, director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, co-chairs of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking, discuss recommendations the group plans to make. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Andrew Knochel)

The governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking wants lawmakers to enact tougher penalties on pimps who sell underage prostitutes and customers who pay them, while easing punishments against child prostitutes and treating them more as victims under the law.

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Path of Begay (access required)

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New senator has lived in many homes far from his district

By all accounts, new state Sen. Carlyle Begay is highly qualified for public office.

He has impressed lawmakers, county and city officials and even the Governor’s Office with his credentials as a student of public health. And he boasts extensive work with American Indian communities as the vice president of business development at the American Indian Health Management and Policy group in Phoenix, where he has worked since 2006.

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Mysterious visits to south Phoenix home became catalyst for new elections law

Rey Valenzuela was at his home in south Phoenix during election season last year when a young man, clipboard in hand, knocked on his door and asked for his wife.

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