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When Arizona faced a $2 billion deficit in 2010, lawmakers closed the budget gap by tightening eligibility requirements for Medicaid — eliminating health insurance for 300,000 people — and by ending a state preschool program and cutting funding from K-12 education. Read more»

Republicans are destroying their brand in part because of naked ambition. But no one is more responsible for making Republicans look like nattering nabobs than “Weepy-John” Boehner. Read more» 2

Voters rejected two ballot propositions Tuesday that would have transferred almost $450 million from two voter-approved funds to address the state budget deficit. Read more»

With the unemployment rate still hovering near 10 percent, Arizona has drained its jobless benefit fund, forcing the state to borrow millions from the federal government to help out-of-work residents. Read more»

John Munger has quit the race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The Supreme Court's decision Tuesday upholding Arizona's Clean Elections law forced him from the race, the Tucson attorney said. Read more» 1

Estimating the total value of a lawmaker's holdings is impossible in many cases. Disclosure forms have an uppermost range of "more than $100,000," and 49 of 90 Arizona lawmakers listed one or more assets in the highest range. Read more» 1

Sen. Amanda Aguirre, D-Yuma, holds a news conference Tuesday to criticize Republican leaders for halting her bill to give adults who suffered sex abuse as children decades to file suits against those who victimized them. Senate President Robert 'Bob' Burns, R-Peoria, said the bill could lead to people being falsely accused and would create too much liability for insurance companies.

Senate Republican leaders are denying adult victims of child abuse their chance at justice by bottling up a bill that would allow them to press charges decades after turning 18, a Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday. Read more» 1