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Kyl won’t run for re-election in 2012

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican who has represented Arizona in either the U.S. House or U.S. Senate since 1987, this morning announced he will not seek re-election to a fourth term and will retire when his current term ends in 2012.

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Burns vacates office, reflects on career (access required)

Few sights say more about the end of a political career than a politician vacating his office. On Dec. 8, one of Arizona's longest-serving lawmakers packed his belongings in cardboard boxes, descended the stairs of the Senate and loaded them onto his car. But Senate President Bob Burns' departure reveals something more.

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Dodging the dreaded ‘doughnut hole’ (access required)

The federal health care plan narrows the Medicare Part D prescription drug-coverage gap, known as the doughnut hole, by providing a rebate of as much as $250 to insured members who are not eligible for the Low Income Subsidy.

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ASRS director says fund solid, Legislature can’t touch it

Even with a mind-numbing return on investment of minus 18 percent and a report suggesting that the Arizona State Retirement System is woefully underfunded, retirees and current employees banking on a stable pension check need not worry.

So says Paul Matson, ASRS director, who notes that the retirement system is sitting on a whopping $25.5 billion pot of money.

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