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UpClose with Tom Jenney (access required)

Tom Jenney, the state director for the Arizona Chapter of Americans for Prosperity, has organized efforts to oppose the Obama health care plan, fights daily for smaller government and is not a fan of Gov. Jan Brewer, despite her party affiliation.

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UpClose with Vernon Parker (access required)

Nothing in Vernon Parker's life has ever come easy. From the slums of Long Beach, Calif., where he grew up surrounded by drugs and crime, to the halls of Congress, where the former U.S. Department of Agriculture official faced what he calls a politically motivated investigation into federal contracts awarded to his consulting firm, Parker has faced his share of obstacles.

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UpClose with Rep. Sam Crump (access required)

As the leader of a mini-insurrection in the House of Representatives in a tussle early this year over funding for a high-tech economic development program, Sam Crump gained notoriety beyond the boundaries of his north-Phoenix legislative district.

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UpClose with Jessica Berg of Lodestar Day Resource Center (access required)

Jessica Berg became executive director of the Lodestar Day Resource Center, a one-stop service center for the homeless, in 2006. She came to Phoenix in 2005 as a National Urban Fellow, a fellowship that is part of a graduate program at Baruch College in New York City. Berg mentored with Maricopa County Manager David Smith.

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Arpaio responds to racial profiling allegations, SCA, 287(g) changes

Probably no public figure in Arizona inspires more devotion and loyalty from his supporters and more hatred from his critics than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. In a revealing Q&A session, the feisty lawman denies racial profiling, says 287(g) changes won't affect his operations, clears up his relationship with Janet Napolitano and refuses to discuss SCA.

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UpClose with Rep. Jack Brown (access required)

St. Johns resident and perennial lawmaker Jack Brown turned 80 this year, making him the oldest legislator in the state. Brown was a freshman lawmaker in 1963, the year the Beatles released their first album and "Dr. No" kicked off decades of James Bond movies.

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UpClose with Rep. Andy Tobin (access required)

Capitol veterans have taken notice of Andy Tobin. He's in his first year as majority whip in the House of Representatives, but ask many of the lobbyists and others with a long tenure at the Capitol and they'll tell you he's handled what can be a difficult position with aplomb. Basically, his job is to ensure there is enough support for bills before they come to the floor and that lawmakers are present for votes - a heavy responsibility, considering his caucus has 35 members.

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UpClose with House Speaker Kirk Adams (access required)

Kirk Adams was elected speaker of the House after campaigning on a platform of opening up the budget process to make it more transparent to lawmakers and the public. How well that was achieved has been debated throughout the session at the Capitol, but Adams maintains the Legislature is moving toward that goal.

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