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Cara Nicole Trujillo: ‘Arizona Powergirl’ runs for the Legislature (access required)

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Cara Nicole Trujillo might be a new face on the Arizona political scene, but in the comic book world, she’s a legend. With more than 37,000 fans on Facebook, the “Arizona Powergirl” cosplayer (a contraction of costume player who wears costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character) just declared her candidacy to run for Tempe’s Legislative District 26 seat.

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Robert Graham: Guiding Arizona’s Republican Party through turbulent times (access required)

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Whether he admits it or not, Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham is in a tight spot. As head of the party, he quickly affirmed Republicans’ choice of Donald Trump on the night of the Arizona presidential primary March 22, and yet he also has to navigate through myriad complications that will surely arise after his party picked, to put it mildly, such a divisive figure.

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Jim Covarrubias: Adorning hallways of the Senate (access required)

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If you’ve ever wandered beyond the first floor of the Arizona Senate, you’ve likely seen the work of Jim Covarrubias, a Phoenix-based artist whose paintings have adorned the hallways of the second and third floors for more than a year. Covarrubias, whose downtown Phoenix studio is full to the brim of paintings, has a wide variety to choose from, and has curated and adjusted the work on display in the Senate over that time. He has plans to feature other artists as well, with a gallery planned for the walls outside Senate President Andy Biggs’ office, to be displayed as early as in May.

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Rep. Matt Kopec: He’s the new kid on the block (access required)

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As Democratic Rep. Matt Kopec was being sworn in as the newest member of the Arizona House of Representatives on Jan. 20, his fellow Tucson Democrats jokingly suggested that the 27-year-old had his entire life ahead of him, and shouldn’t throw it away as a Democrat in the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature.

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