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Poll shows high approval rating for Sheriff Joe (access required)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio received a high approval rating in the most recent Cronkite/Eight poll. Sixty-one percent of Maricopa County voters said they approve or strongly approve of his job performance. Thirty-four percent disapprove or strongly disapprove. It’s one of those ...

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The politics of tweets: Arizona leaders, candidates embrace social media

John Paul Mitchell spends two to three hours a day on social media sites, sharing links to articles he finds interesting and regularly engaging people in bursts of 140 characters or less. But the time he spends on his Twitter account, Facebook page and other sites is more than just leisure. Mitchell hopes it will help deliver him the Arizona governorship in 2010.

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After two judges backed out, Daughton got abortion case (access required)

Critics of an injunction to stop a series of abortion restrictions from taking effect are questioning how and why the case was assigned to three Maricopa County Superior Court judges. The first two judges removed themselves from hearing the case – one was vacationing out of the country and the other gave no reason. The third judge, who came out of retirement to take the case, issued an injunction on Sept. 29 that put the laws on hold.

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Attorney to ask AG to challenge Land Department funding (access required)

Attorney Tim Hogan will be delivering a message to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard that boils down to this: If you don’t, then I will. Hogan, who leads the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, will be asking Goddard to file a lawsuit to stop the Arizona State Land Department from independently paying for the management of more than 9 million acres of state trust lands.

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Rasmussen poll puts Goddard over Brewer (access required)

A Rasmussen poll shows Gov. Jan Brewer's approval rating dropping into the 30s, and predicts a November win for Attorney General Terry Goddard if he faces her in the 2010 governor's race. The poll, released Sept. 29, is consistent with other recent polls showing Brewer's approval ratings dropping.

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Not that Terry Goddard

Terry Goddard's PIO Anne Hilby said that she has made several clarifications to previous blog posts that claimed Terry Goddard was representing defendants in the Desert Divas case. Technically, it is true. Goddard did at one time represent one woman arrested, but the Goddard in question is another attorney unrelated to the current Attorney General.

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Gray, Barto file motion to intervene in federal abortion suit (access required)

Two lawmakers, along with several conservative groups, filed a motion Sept. 22 to intervene as defendants in a federal lawsuit that was filed to challenge a new state law to restrict abortions. Sen. Linda Gray, a Republican from Glendale and Rep. Nancy Barto, a Republican from Phoenix, argued that they have a right to intervene because the lawsuit could invalidate their votes.

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Party like its 1990 – Symington vs. Goddard again? (access required)

Back in 1990, Arizonans witnessed a drawn-out fight for governor between two rising-stars: Fife Symington and Terry Goddard. Time magazine said of the contenders: "With his Jay Rockefeller looks, Jack Kennedy charm and squeaky-clean politics (he now refuses PAC money), Goddard has Democratic presidential hopeful written all over him." Calling Symington "the hope of the Republican middle," the article described him as having "the looks of a golf pro and the bankroll of a developer."

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