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3 questions to ask all candidates

I know there will be plenty to debate regarding immigration, but I assume much time will also be given to the fiscal health of Arizona and to sensible state laws. Along that line, here are three questions people should ask political candidates as we get closer to the election:

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GOP-passed election laws targeted by Democrats (access required)

Two electoral changes implemented by Republicans this year have attracted opposition and litigation from Democrats who argued the laws violate the state Constitution to advance partisan agendas. In July, Gov. Jan Brewer signed S1123 into law. The legislation, proposed by Tucson Sen. Jonathan Paton, banned local governments from including partisan affiliations for candidates on the ballot.

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Operation Los Tusa dismantles marijuana syndicate

The Arizona Attorney General's Office announced Oct. 26 that it has indicted 21 people in connection with a marijuana-smuggling operation based in Pinal County. Attorney General Terry Goddard, along with Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, sent out a media release noting that Operation Los Tusa has dismantled a syndicate responsible for smuggling thousands of pounds of marijuana into Arizona during the past three years.

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Efforts underway to make Pinal County an economic hub (access required)

Pinal County, roughly the size of Connecticut and ranging from Chandler to just north of Marana, has long seemed a vast, dusty, sparsely populated region of small, bedroom communities. However, the recent economic downturn combined with a new mentality and focus among local leaders is ready to change that reality and perception.

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