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A classroom in the Vail School District in suburban Tucson.

AZ Week: Brewer, State Helping Education Funds? Split Opinions

Arizona legislators, educators discuss Gov. Jan Brewer's proposal for extra money; Brewer's plans for "student success funding."

AZ Legislature Approves $6.8M for New Child Welfare Workers

Gov. Jan Brewer had made the request in her budget proposal; Arizona Senate, House voted Thursday on bills authorizing funds.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, January 31, 2014

A discussion of President Obama's renewed call for immigration reform after State of the Union Address; the latest in AZ Legislature.

House Committee Revokes 2013 AZ Law Trimming Early Voting List

HB 2305 proposed to cut non-active voters, limit who may return mail-in ballots; Judiciary Committee approved repeal 4-2.

Thousands of AZ Kids Could Lose Health Coverage Saturday

State insurance program ending, some will be unable to enroll in private insurance under Affordable Care Act.

AZ Legislature Considers $6.8M for New Child Welfare Employees

Gov. Jan Brewer requested amount as part of $74M proposed budget; if approved 192 workers would be hired ASAP.

AZ Legislator Wants $30M for High Tech Border Surveillance

"Virtual fence" would consist of 200 cameras to monitor movement; erected within 20 miles of the border.

AZ Implementing New Abortion Regulations Starting in April

Such limit use of most common abortion-inducing drug, saying it shouldn't be administered later than 7 weeks into pregnancy.

The Glock 9 mm gun Jared Lee Loughner used in the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting in Tucson.

New Bill Renews Push for Teachers to Have Guns in Classroom

Attorney General Tom Horne says legislation would protect children, staff if mass shootings were to happen.

Member of the Arizona state Legislature meet at the Senate Building.

Pima Board Fills Vacant AZ Senate Seat with State Rep.

Former Sen. Linda Lopez of Tucson resigned earlier in the month, Rep. Andrea Dalessandro of Green Valley chosen to replace her.

Economy Breakdown

AZ's Government Credit Rating One of Worst in Nation

Richard Stavneak with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee said despite the low rating state's credit has been improving.

AZ African American Leaders Fear Their Political Presence is Fading

State Sen. Leah Landrum-Taylor's retirement could leave state as one of a handful in U.S. with no African Americans in Legislature.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, January 17, 2014

Rep. Ron Barber discusses budget vote, Obamacare; two state lawmakers talk Brewer gutting CPS.

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

AZ Week: Brewer's State of State Kicks Off Legislative Session

Arizona governor reinforced child protection, education, business attraction as priorities; governor, experts discuss.

Arizona economy

Child Welfare Reform Priority in Budget for New Fiscal Year

Gov. Jan Brewer releases proposal for Legislature; K-12 education, state infrastructure also at top of list.

Member of the Arizona state Legislature meet at the Senate Building.

2013 Law Cutting Non-Active Voters from Voting List Challenged

Arizona Rep. Eddie Farnsworth filed HB 2196 to repeal last year's legislation which also limited who may return mail-in ballots.

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