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Lawmakers try again to pass bills aimed at violence and mental illness (access required)

Lawmakers try again to pass bills aimed at violence and mental illness <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Two bills aimed at getting dangerous mentally ill people off the street have passed their respective chambers. One addresses violent offenders being released because they cannot be restored to competency. The other allows a police officer to take a person who is a danger to himself or others into custody for a mental evaluation based on the observations of witnesses or the officer’s own observations.

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Barber holding the lead but CD2 still up for grabs (access required)

Barber holding the lead but CD2 still up for grabs <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

The outcome of southern Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District back-and-forth campaign for the lead between Democratic U.S. Rep. Ron Barber and Republican challenger Martha McSally will decide whether Arizona chooses a Democratic or Republican congressional majority.

Today, a full six days after the election, the race had still not been called for either candidate. Barber was leading by 698 votes, or about .25 percentage points.

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Thousands of provisional problems on Election Day (access required)

Thousands of provisional problems on Election Day <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Shortly after noon on Election Day, Paul Garrett walked into his polling place in Mesa, ready to cast his vote. But when he got into line and told the poll worker his name, he was advised that he had already received his early ballot in the mail, so he would have to cast a provisional ballot.

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