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GOP lawmaker starts ‘food fight’ with blind vendors

As a freshman lawmaker in 2007, Rep. Sam Crump's first order of business was to find a good place to eat at the Capitol. He had hoped for something along the line of a Paradise Bakery, a favorite of his. The Anthem Republican instead found cafeteria service run by legally blind operators under the state's Business Enterprise Program (BEP).

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Former Senate president Greene to chair equalization board

Gov. Jan Brewer named former Senate President John Greene as chairman of the State Board of Equalization. Greene served in the Senate with Brewer while she was majority whip, and later served as director of the Arizona Department of Insurance under former Gov. Fife Symington. He replaces retiring Chairman Harold Scott.

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Phoenix Councilwoman Baier named state land commissioner

Gov. Jan Brewer named Phoenix City Councilwoman Maria Baier as the new state land commissioner. "(Baier) brings numerous years of outstanding experience in the public and private sectors, with expertise in the areas of land use, natural resource management, growth and development and environmental quality," Brewer stated in a press release June 16.

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