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GOP divide spurs call to arms, doxing (access required)

In this file photo, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers speaks on a video-chat with a handful of members who planned to vote remotely before the start of an unusual session devoid of members of the public on March 19, 2020.  On December 8, 2020, protesters gathered at his Mesa home  after people unhappy with his decisions related to the 2020 election posted his home address on social media. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Protesters rallied outside House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ home December 8 and a self-declared candidate for Arizona governor threatened to remove Gov. Doug Ducey through non-legal means this week as intraparty Republican conflict reached new heights of intimidation and innuendo. The ...

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Good revenues belie looming budget uncertainty (access required)

In this April 15, 2020, file photo, the blur of car lights zip past the Arizona Capitol as the dome is illuminated in blue as a symbol of support for Arizona's frontline medical workers and emergency responders battling the coronavirus in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

With COVID-19 again on the rise in Arizona and the next legislative session looming, some in the Legislature are coming around to the idea of passing a so-called “skinny budget” that retains baseline spending levels from the previous fiscal year and ducking out early, just as lawmakers did last session.

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Legislature on track to adjourn May 1 (access required)

Arizona Capitol Building (Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Arizona Legislature will end its session next week, killing hundreds of outstanding bills and giving lawmakers several months to hunker down and prepare to come back in the summer -- by which time a clearer picture will emerge of the state’s financial and physical health.

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