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House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, House Speaker Kirk Adasm, Senate Minority Leader David Schapira, Senate President Russell Pearce (From left to right)

Democratic and Republican leaders from both chambers lay out some of their plans, hopes and concerns for the 2011 legislative session.








Q&A with House Speaker with Kirk Adams

Kirk Adams begins his second term in the House’s top post with a host of challenges that range from a budget deficit of $825 million to getting a “jobs bill” through and the inevitable rancor birthright-citizenship legislation would bring, but much of his first week on the job was driven by the shooting in Tucson in which six were killed and 13 wounded, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Q&A with Senate President with Russell Pearce

Even before he became president of the Arizona Senate, Russell Pearce, a conservative Republican from Mesa, was dominating much of the action in the Legislature. But as he takes over the top spot in the Senate, he has lost some of the freedom he had to set his own course.

Q&A with Senate Minority Leader with David Schapira

Senate Minority Leader David Schapira is a young man with responsibilities usually associated with more seasoned politicians. As a leading representative of Democratic interests in the Capitol, his job is to persuade Republicans to listen to alternative solutions, whether about balancing the budget or fixing the economy, and to try to forge partnerships with some of them to pass or block legislation.


Q&A with House Minority Leader with Chad Campbell

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell takes the reins of a Democratic caucus whose numbers are so depleted that it risks being reduced to observer status in the 50th Legislature.

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