The Arizona Legislature was abuzz with lawmakers, lobbyists, curious onlookers, and students as a government shutdown at midnight loomed. The place was busier than a typical weekday afternoon.
Most of the students and onlookers are gone now, but the show is still going on.
"The governor's painted herself into a corner," Williams says, meaning that he thinks she'll be forced to sign it.
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Lawmakers shot down various amendments by Democrats and other wishful thinkers as we watched from the gallery starting about 11 p.m.
"This is such a farce," said a woman behind us in the gallery with an oxygen tank and nose tube.
The process went on till after midnight, when we bolted.
Mike Gardner and Vic Williams
Senator Russell Pearce looked bored as hell.