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Brewer pushing major presidential role for Grand Canyon State (access required)

In a state that has so often been an afterthought in presidential campaigns, Gov. Jan Brewer wants Arizona to have a role befitting its newfound national prominence in 2012.

Arizona has dominated the national discourse on illegal immigration and border security for the past two years, and it's one of the epicenters of the nationwide housing crisis.

Now Brewer wants to parlay that influence into a louder voice for Arizona in choosing the Republican Party’s nominee to face President Barack Obama.

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Spotlight on Mormons intensifies as Flake, Cardon vie for Senate seat

It’s been known for months that Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Mesa, would seek the Senate seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Jon Kyl.

But when Mesa businessman Wil Cardon announced Friday that he will also run for Kyl’s seat, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints suddenly had the two frontrunners in the race.

Is Arizona about to have its own “Mormon Moment”?

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Romney looking for Arizona cash

Mitt Romney will host an Arizona fundraiser next week for his presidential exploratory committee. The host committee includes a number of notable Republicans, including several high-profile members of the Mormon Church.

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Tea party uses Ariz. summit to scope out 2012 role

Tea party supporters packed a Phoenix convention center Saturday to hear from two possible contenders for next year's Republican presidential nomination — an election the conservative populist movement is determined to shape after helping the GOP to big gains in the midterm elections.

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