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Brewer may use immigration in move to the right (access required)

At a time when Gov. Jan Brewer needs all the Republican support she can muster, some see her recent statements about illegal immigration as a way to court the conservative base. But what role the contentious issue will play in the 2010 Republican primary is far from certain.

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Capitol Quotes 9/25 (access required)

"It's too much money. It's so beyond the market price. I've never heard of an amount like that at this level. It would be a waste, or just dumb." - Constantin Querard, testifying Sept. 21 in support of Rep. Doug Quelland's appeal of a Citizens Clean Elections Commission ruling earlier this year. Querard was referring to $15,000 contract Quelland signed for political consulting.

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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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Parker: State must move beyond ‘political clones’ (access required)

Standing before a backdrop of Paradise Valley's majestic mountains, Mayor Vernon Parker publicly announced his candidacy for governor. "And as we stand and look at this brilliant sunset ... some would say that the sun is setting on Arizona. I see it differently. I see the sun rising, and a bright future for this great, proud state," he said.

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Will Arpaio take a side?

Rumors abound that Sheriff Joe Arpaio will give Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker his endorsement, and while the sheriff said he hasn't made up his mind about the 2010 governor's race, the two did meet at Arpaio's 19th floor office in August.

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Parker takes first step toward run for governor (access required)

Paradise Valley Mayor Vernon Parker took his first step toward making a run for governor in 2010, filing an exploratory committee with the Arizona Secretary of State's Office on Sept. 22. A public announcement of his candidacy is expected Sept. 23, when Parker will attend a GOP event at the Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa.

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