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The Breakdown: What a week

Gov. Doug Ducey, right, greets President Trump on Feb. 19 at a rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Ducey is pushing an effort to ban sanctuary cities in Arizona, one that Trump supports and wants to spread nationwide. TIMON HARPER PHOTOGRAPHY

Migrants rights advocates started the week terrified that Republicans would try to ram through an attempt to enshrine a ban on sanctuary cities in the state constitution ahead of a presidential rally.

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Democrats fire first salvo in redistricting battle

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When Gov. Doug Ducey appointed three people to a commission largely unknown to the public, Democratic senators tasked with confirming the appointees decried them as pawns in the governor’s attempt to ensure Arizona bucks its changing demographics and remains in Republican hands for the next decade.

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House committee passes earned release bill (access required)

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Long-awaited legislation that would create an early release program for people convicted of non-violent crimes passed through the House Judiciary committee Wednesday, offering relief to lawmakers who have fought for broad changes to sentencing laws to no avail for the better part of two years.

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