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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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Smith ’emboldened’ by minority opinions

Kavanagh may not have been bullish on the prospects for a revival of the 2011 immigration bills that failed, but Smith said he not only plans to bring his bills back, he is hopeful that Monday’s ruling will reignite anti-illegal-immigration fervor at the Capitol. “I would certainly like to think that people would be emboldened by the decision, especially when you read what Scalia and Thomas wrote.

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Constitutionality of recall election changes questioned (access required)

Following the historic recall of former Senate President Russell Pearce, the ousted immigration hawk’s legislative allies are striving to change the state’s recall process to make it more difficult to remove elected officials. But the effort to add a primary election to the process has run into some obstacles.

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