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Bundgaard stays on as Majority Leader

Scott Bundgaard remains majority leader of the Arizona Senate after a closed caucus of Republicans met amid controversy over his involvement in an alleged domestic violence incident.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Gould, the Ethics Committee chairman, is still mulling the mechanics of a potential Ethics Committee hearing into the incident.

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Women in Public Policy

Which veteran lawmaker is tone-deaf? Which one would pass out campaign yo-yos if she could? One even says she eats dessert first if it is available “just in case something happens” that would prevent her from enjoying it later. The 50th Legislature, which started in January, features 31 women lawmakers, which is an increase of three over the 49th Legislature’s total of 28. While this group grapples with the most daunting budget situation ever in Arizona, we wanted to find out how much hope they have in the legislative process and what they think their co-workers might say about them. We gave each woman lawmaker the chance to answer a four-question survey, with the caveat that each answer could only be two sentences.

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Deluge of political maneuvering sure to follow Kyl’s leaving

The retirement of U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl will likely set off a chain reaction, as Republicans and Democrats position themselves to run for the open seat.

Most political observers believe U.S. Rep. Jeff Flake, a Republican from Mesa, will soon announce he is running to replace Kyl. Other potential GOP candidates include U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, former U.S. Rep. John Shadegg and the entire slate of Republican statewide officeholders.

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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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