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ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

Several people discuss efforts to reform the state employee hiring and firing system while having opposing beliefs.
Jimmy Chavez - President, Arizona Highway Patrol Association 
Sheri Van Horsen - President, Local 3111, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 
Mark Flatten - Investigative Journalist, Goldwater Institute 
Nick Dranias - Director, Center for Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute

LD 9: Democratic Newcomer Leads Over GOP Incumbent Orr

Randy Friese 247 votes ahead in race to represent Tucson; about 9K votes still need to be counted in Pima County.

Arizona Capitol Buildling

Arizona GOP Lawmakers Choose Leaders

Southern Arizona's LD 14 Rep. Gowan will replace Tobin as state House speaker.

2 State House Incumbents Lose, Third Too Close to Call

Pair of Southern Arizona Democrats unseated, 1 Republican in virtual tie with political newcomer.

ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

Several people discuss efforts to reform the state employee hiring and firing system while having opposing beliefs.
Jimmy Chavez - President, Arizona Highway Patrol Association 
Sheri Van Horsen - President, Local 3111, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 
Mark Flatten - Investigative Journalist, Goldwater Institute 
Nick Dranias - Director, Center for Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute

Southern Arizona's State Senate Incumbents Get Another Term

3 Democrats, 1 Republican in LD 2, 4, 10, 14 contested races have been re-elected.

Arizona Legislature May Try to Fix Licensing System for Doctors

State representative says lawmakers could approve bill changing process amid current backlog of applications.

Former Arizona Legislator Dies at 73

David Burnell Smith was a member of the state House representing Scottsdale; stepped down in 2006.

Lawmakers: Tax E-Cigarettes to Aid Budget Shortfall

Arizona legislators are considering proposal as a way to help cover $1B deficit expected by 2017.

ARIZONA STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

Several people discuss efforts to reform the state employee hiring and firing system while having opposing beliefs.
Jimmy Chavez - President, Arizona Highway Patrol Association 
Sheri Van Horsen - President, Local 3111, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 
Mark Flatten - Investigative Journalist, Goldwater Institute 
Nick Dranias - Director, Center for Constitutional Government, Goldwater Institute

METRO WEEK: What Impact Do Tucson Lawmakers Have on Arizona Legislature?

Two former legislators weigh in on changing influence of local politicians.

State Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona

State Senate Races in Pima, Tucson Focus on Economic Growth

Legislators, political newcomers facing off for seats in Arizona's LD 2, 4, 10, 11.

Democrats Hope for Sweep in Southern Arizona Legislative Race

Say they want political newcomer Friese to replace Republican incumbent Orr in state House seat representing Tucson.

US Supreme Court Takes AZ Congressional Districting

GOP lawmakers say Independent Redistricting Commission usurps legislative authority by handling remapping.

Navajo County Supervisor Fills in Vacated Seat by Death of Sen. Crandell

Senator died in Aug. in a horseback riding accident; Sylvia Allen running against an independent for that seat in Nov. general elections.

LD3 Senate: Cajero-Bedford Fends Off Primary Challenge

Longtime incumbent easily defeats businessman in Democratic primary for seat from central Tucson district.

LD 11 House: 2 Newcomers Beat Longtime Legislature Staff Member

Mark Finchem, Vince Leach get most votes over Jo Grant; LD 14 House incumbents Gowan, Stevens win in primary.

Judge: State Must Immediately Pay Public Schools Nearly $317M

Hearing in October to also decide whether to reimburse back payments not provided in 2009 budget.

State Tax Revenues Continue to Fall Short

Monthly Joint Legislative Budget Committee report shows figures were slightly under 1% below budget.

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