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Diminished debate: Limits on floor discussion put Senate in quandary (access required)

In the Arizona Legislature, debate usually refers to the Committee of the Whole, a crucial part of lawmaking that facilitates adjustments to legislation. More importantly for some, it is the last chance to thoroughly examine proposed legislation and to sway people's opinion for or against it. In most cases, emotions are checked and the tone is primarily civil. But in the last two years, senators have adopted temporary rules to limit debate during the Committee of the Whole so debate is now but a shadow of its dictionary meaning. In short, the limitation on debate happened when lawmakers discussed subjects that directly impacted the state during a crucial part of the budget process.

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Capitol Quotes 9/25 (access required)

"It's too much money. It's so beyond the market price. I've never heard of an amount like that at this level. It would be a waste, or just dumb." - Constantin Querard, testifying Sept. 21 in support of Rep. Doug Quelland's appeal of a Citizens Clean Elections Commission ruling earlier this year. Querard was referring to $15,000 contract Quelland signed for political consulting.

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Brewer might face a tough primary

During her 27 years in public office, Gov. Jan Brewer has never lost an election. But if she runs for a full term in 2010, some are predicting that streak could come to an inglorious end in the Republican primary.

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Capitol Quotes 8/28 (access required)

“I think everyone knows she is adamant about getting her referral.” – Senate President Bob Burns, explaining the decision to adjourn the special session and begin bipartisan talks to work out a deal that would allow Gov. Jan Brewer’s sales ...

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Capitol Quotes 8/14 (access required)

“If we can’t be successful within the party, we are going to have to go to the Democrats. They have been perfectly reasonable and trying to help us. I think we need to go to the Democrats. There’s no choice.” ...

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Senate meets today, budget vote iffy (access required)

The Senate will meet today (Aug. 4), but it’s unclear how many senators will show up. Gov. Jan Brewer has been working the phones in the past few days to lobby lawmakers for their vote on an agreement that she and Republican legislative leaders reached last month.

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