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AZ House panel rejects bill banning photo enforcement


An Arizona House committee on Thursday refused to approve a bill ending the ability of cities and towns to use photo radar and red light cameras, rebuffing opponents who argued electronic enforcement is used to raise money from fines, doesn't save lives and can actually increase dangers on the roads when drivers slam on the brakes to avoid a ticket.

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Tide changing in Arizona’s immigration politics (access required)

(From left) Former Sen. Russell Pearce, Rep. Steve Smith, Sen. Al Melvin, Rep. Ruben Gallego, President Barack Obama (File photos)

At the recent Republican statewide meeting in a north central Phoenix church, pews were packed with party loyalists listening to elected officials speak about issues facing the state and the nation.

But the topic that would have dominated the conversation in past years — illegal immigration — was scarcely mentioned.

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Arizona lawmakers struggle to stay on priorities


It's early on in the Arizona legislative session, but so far the proposals described by one top Republican as "esoteric" and criticized by Democrats as unconstitutional have dominated the headlines — despite promises from GOP leaders to focus on top-tier issues such as balancing the state budget and improving education.

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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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