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Up Close with John McComish (access required)

Rep. John McComish is on the short list of incumbents who won’t face an election challenge this year. McComish has neither a primary nor a general election opponent, which means he’ll join the Senate next year without having to go through the wringer.

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UpClose with Barry Aarons (access required)

Barry Aarons' bow tie and signature mustache makes him one of the most recognizable lobbyists in the Capitol. He is also one of the most articulate, which he says is because he spends so much time studying the issues.

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UpClose with Lucy Mason (access required)

If you ask anyone who has worked on an issue with Rep. Lucy Mason, they'll say she is persistent and tenacious and every other synonym that "Roget's Thesaurus" lists to describe those who never give up. The Prescott Republican is in her final term, and her tenure in the Legislature has been one of the wildest.

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UpClose with Phil Gordon (access required)

Not long after announcing that he would seek a new food tax to help the city cope with its budget crisis, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon stood on the balcony near his downtown office and gazed at the cranes at a construction site across the street.

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UpClose with Stan Barnes (access required)

Reporters often turn to Stan Barnes as someone who can talk about the infighting in the Republican Party, for two main reasons: Not only does he have a snappy way with words that makes for good quotes, but he's brutally honest about what he sees happening.

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UpClose with Jeff Flake (access required)

Few people on Capitol Hill stand out from the crowd as much as Rep. Jeff Flake. Despite his reputation as a nice guy with a million-dollar smile, Flake often disagrees with his colleagues across the political spectrum.

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UpClose with Albert Hale  (access required)

Sen. Albert Hale lives in two distinct worlds. On weekdays, he uses his skills as an attorney to represent the Navajo people and other Native American tribes at the state Capitol. He's one of only two Native Americans in the Anglo-dominated Arizona Legislature.

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UpClose with Adam Driggs (access required)

Adam Driggs grew up in a world where high-profile Arizona political figures were family friends. When Driggs was a child, his father was mayor of Phoenix, his family went on vacations with Sandra Day O'Connor, and Sen. Barry Goldwater frequently wrote letters to his family. Also, astronaut Buzz Aldrin is his uncle.

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UpClose with Donna Hamm (access required)

Donna Hamm has been lobbying on behalf of prisoners and their families for nearly three decades. She became a justice of the peace in 1981, shortly after moving to Arizona from Ohio. During a tour of one of the state's prisons, she realized the state wasn't doing a good job of preparing prisoners for re-integration into society.

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