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2009 Year in Review

Issues that shaped 2009 (access required)

Beset by fiscal crisis, legislative gridlock and political infighting, 2009 wasn't the best of years for Arizona. The year opened with the state facing a massive budget crisis, and it ended with state leaders still searching for a solution. Jan Brewer was sworn in as governor to great Republican fanfare, only to have much of the party turn against her as she touted a tax hike as the only way to balance the budget. As Arizonans warily await the new year, here's a look back at the top 10 issues that shaped 2009.

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Most influential Arizonans of the decade (access required)

When Arizonans rang in the new millennium back in 2000, most knew next to nothing about a woman named Janet Napolitano. And while John McCain wasn't new to anyone in the Grand Canyon state, the rest of the country was just beginning to meet him.

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