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Controversy over Capitol’s Sept. 11 memorial rekindles

Arizona's Sept. 11 commemorative memorial is again under fire at the State Capitol. Legislation proposed for consideration by a Senate committee Tuesday would require removal of panels bearing 11 inscriptions that a supporter of the measure said are "offensive" and that detract from the memorial's purpose in honoring those killed and injured in the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Pearce, champion of the individual, takes a nanny-state step

Is it possible that Russell Pearce has a (gasp!) latent liberal side? A man known for his unswerving devotion to individual freedoms, the Arizona Senate president is showing that he can, under certain circumstances, embrace a bit of the nanny state and adopt a little of the collective-bargaining mentality.

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To kill Clean Elections, lawmakers who used it must pull trigger (access required)

Opponents of Arizona’s Clean Elections system are optimistic about the latest measure to effectively kill public campaign financing in Arizona. The House, where similar measures have died in the past, has a Republican supermajority of legislators elected on promises of fiscal responsibility. Now is the perfect time, they say, to pass a measure they call the “No Taxpayer Subsidies for Political Campaigns Act.” But there is a catch: Nine of the chamber’s 15 new Republicans were elected using publicly paid-for campaigns, and not all of them are enlisting in the stop-Clean-Elections crusade.

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