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Thomas becomes everyone’s favorite target in AG race (access required)

Shortly after Thomas announced his resignation, the three candidates on the Democratic side issued a joint statement denouncing him, with former state prosecutor Vince Rabago sending out another on his own for good measure. And much of their criticism was echoed on the right, where fellow Republican candidate Tom Horne, the state superintendent of public instruction, savaged Thomas for alleged abuses of power.

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County attorney decries Smith request

In a feud that conjures up memories of the New Times subpoena/arrest debacle, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office released a letter today from County Manager David Smith asking the office's employees to fess up to whether they've been blogging or posting comments on the internet about county government. Real names, pseudonyms, work time or personal time, Smith asked for it all while citing Arizona Rules of Professional Responsibility for attorneys or "agents of the County Attorney."

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Bad blood over bad check leads to indictment of boxing promoter (access required)

Boxing manager Joe Diaz hopes the indictment of a Phoenix fight promoter leads to bigger fish - namely, former boxing commissioner and Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox. Promoter Peter McKinn III was indicted Sept. 30 on five counts of forgery, theft, fraud and perjury stemming from a five-year-old dispute with Diaz. McKinn pleaded not guilty in an Oct. 8 arraignment.

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Employer sanctions coming up short (access required)

Arizona's employer sanctions law has been in effect for 21 months, yet no businesses have been shut down over hiring practices. In fact, there hasn't yet been a single business forced to defend itself in court. But now, one lawmaker wants to change all that by giving county attorneys more enforcement powers.

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