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HARD PRESSED

Gov. Janet Napolitano goes on a public relations offensive to sell her budget to the public, highlighting cuts to social services in alternative Republican proposal. GOP leadership responds: That's what we like about our plan!


IT'S ALIVE!

Rep. Randy Graf resurrects his legislation to prevent cities and towns from requiring background checks at gun shows on municipal property. To restore the bill to life, Graf has to sacrifice a bill allowing patrons to bring weapons into restaurants that sell alcohol.


THE DEFENSE RESTS

Napolitano says the state won't pay any more of Arizona Corporation Commissioner Jim Irvin's legal fees. He has cost the state at least $2 million for a civil trial that ended in a $60 million civil judgment related to his actions in a gas company merger. Irvin complains: But I'll need the lawyer to defend me at my upcoming impeachment!


MAJORITY RULES, STILL

On a 5-4 vote, Senate Judiciary Committee kills a bill that would have required ballot props that increase taxes to pass by a two-thirds margin.


IT'S NOT LIKE THEY'RE UPSETTING A CONSTITUENCY THAT CAN VOTE

Senate votes 12-11 to kill a bill that would have loosened state laws to allow illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses.


WHAT PART OF NO DON'T THEY UNDERSTAND?

A resolution that would ask voters to allow land swaps between state and feds passes the House Environment Committee on a 8-4 vote. The proposed ballot proposition is identical to one rejected by voters last November.

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