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Wild West moments of 2012 (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer and President Barack Obama (AP photo)

While the mood at the state Capitol this past year might be best described as riotous, 2012 — the Chinese Year of the Dragon — was marked with fewer gaffes, catfights and over-the-top name calling among Arizona’s political elite.

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Andy Biggs wins bid for Senate president

Sen. Andy Biggs

Incoming Senate President Andy Biggs, a conservative Republican from Gilbert, promised to be inclusive and immediately refrained from weighing in on some of the biggest issues facing Arizona without first consulting his caucus.

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Lewis proposes ‘real time’ gift reporting for lobbyists, lawmakers (access required)

Sen. Jerry Lewis (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Sen. Jerry Lewis, the Mesa Republican who ran on a platform of transparency and lobbying reform during the recall election last year, today unveiled a proposal to tighten the reporting requirements for legislators and lobbyists and make it easier for the public to find out how the two groups interact.

Lewis said the proposal has the backing of Senate President Steve Pierce and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who has investigated the Fiesta Bowl scandal, where public officials received free tickets and took free trips without properly disclosing them.

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