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Carmona won’t run for governor (access required)

The biggest name in Democratic politics in Arizona won’t jump into the fray for the 2014 governor’s race. Former Surgeon General Richard Carmona told KPNX-TV (Channel 12) reporter Brahm Resnik in a Sunday interview that he won’t seek the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Print v. online: Public notice bill sparks debate (access required)

A bill to remove the requirement that cities and counties publish public notices in a newspaper – and instead allow them to publish the notice only on the municipality’s website – was voted down in the House on Wednesday. But the battle over is far from over.

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Yee offers medical marijuana reforms as alternative to repeal (access required)

Peoria resident Michael Cardenas, 19, said he’s happy to finally have a place he can purchase medical marijuana. Cardenas was one of several people waiting Dec. 6 to buy pot from Arizona Organix, the state's first medical marijuana dispensary. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times.)

A Republican state senator is gaining bipartisan support for bills that would reform Arizona’s medical marijuana law rather than repealing it, as one Republican lawmaker would prefer.

Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, introduced four bills late Monday that she says strengthen Arizona’s medical marijuana program, making it more workable in the long term.

Yee’s proposals come as Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, wants voters to repeal the medical marijuana law in 2014 with a revote on the system narrowly approved by Arizona voters in 2010.

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