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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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UpClose with Jim Pederson (access required)

It's just not an election season without Jim Pederson. Whether he's running for office, supporting ballot measures, donating to candidates or steering the Arizona Democratic Party, Pederson is omnipresent in the state every two years.

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UpClose with Elliott Pollack (access required)

Economists aren't known for being the life of the party, but Elliott Pollack defies the stereotype. The chief economist for Valley National Bank in the 1970s and '80s, and a longtime member of the Legislature's Finance Advisory Committee, Pollack is known for slideshow presentations that feature outlandish photos to drive home the point he is trying to make.

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UpClose with Frank Antenori (access required)

If you're in a room with Frank Antenori, you'll definitely know it. The freshman Republican representative from Tucson is loud - no doubt a product of his military days, commanding Special Forces troops in battle. He's also not one to bite his tongue, a personality trait that got him some unwanted press coverage during last year's election when he criticized opponents who were running with public campaign money from the Clean Elections system.

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