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High court campaigning (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer has until Nov. 30 to pick the state’s next Supreme Court justice, and until she does, friends and associates of the three finalists for the job will inundate her with lobbying efforts.

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JLBC: Arizona budget shortfall growing

Forecast information released Sept. 29 by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee staff has the state's current $8.5 billion budget facing a potential shortfall of up to $825 million. That's up from the previous forecast for a midyear shortfall of up to $700 million.

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Hunting and fishing: rights or privileges? (access required)

If you want to fish at Fossil Creek, north of Payson, you’ll need to follow a particular set of regulations, put into place by the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

But opponents to Proposition 109 say all hunting and fishing regulations in Arizona will be jeopardized if the proposition passes in November. The measure's backers say that's not the case, that they're just trying to constitutionally protect the right to hunt and fish from anti-hunting activists.

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First Things First flush with cash — for now (access required)

When lawmakers voted in March to put the referendum on the ballot — a measure that would sweep and dismantle the Early Childhood Development and Health Board Fund — they expected it to put about $325 million into the state’s cash-starved coffers. But as of Sept. 1, the agency had about $100 million more than that on hand.

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AZ Chamber pushes for overhaul of state-retirement system (access required)

Despite a fairly positive report on the stability of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) earlier this year, a major business group with no direct involvement in the fund is expressing serious concern.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, none of whose member firms has employees enrolled in a public pension plan, is calling for a major overhaul of ASRS to radically change how benefits are calculated for future retirees.

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