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State senator seeks to curb NSA's reach in Arizona

Dec 11, 2013
Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Unwilling to wait for congressional action, a first-term Arizona legislator said today she is attempting to clip the wings of the National Security Agency — at least in this state. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

What's Behind the State Senate Leadership Change

Nov 8, 2012

The decision by Senate Republicans this week to replace Steve Pierce with Andy Biggs as president was due to more than just political and philosophical difference.

Steve Pierce elected new state senate president

Nov 10, 2011

Prescott rancher Steve Pierce won out over retired Gilbert attorney Andy Biggs after the 21 Republicans met behind closed doors for more than an hour. The unusual mid-session vacancy was caused after Mesa voters recalled Russell Pearce, who had that job before. Under his leadership the Senate spent a fair amount of time debating measures aimed at illegal immigration. But his successor sidestepped questions of whether that focus will change.