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It’s a two-way contest for AZGOP chairman

Republicans kept their majorities in the Arizona House and Senate and swept all statewide races, but for some party activists, the election results weren’t a reason for celebration. Rather, it was a cause for dissatisfaction, which was enough to compel some to conclude it’s time to replace state party chairman Robert Graham.

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Brewer chief of staff Smith going to Ballard Spahr (access required)

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As Gov. Jan Brewer prepares to leave office, her top aide is making plans for his life after the Brewer administration. Scott Smith, a longtime member of Brewer’s administration who has served as her chief of staff since late 2012, will join law and lobbying firm Ballard Spahr in January.

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Not so prime real estate: Closing a golf course brings tax penalties, angry homeowners

Robert “Doc” Graves, 83, referees on the Aguila Golf Course in Phoenix. (Cronkite News Photo by Kristen Hwang)

Thirty years ago, Robert “Doc” Graves glanced confidently at the white ball by his feet. Whack! The ball flew more than 300 yards, landing neatly on the green. Graves had four eagles that day and he set the course record at the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in Phoenix. Forty-nine strokes, 11 under par. Today it’s a trashy, weedy wasteland, the victim of demographic shifts, climate change and prohibitively expensive water bills.

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