A collection of political news from across the state making headlines today: 

• Steller: Why Huckelberry floated doomed sales-tax idea tucson.com

• Brewer backs former Mesa Mayor Smith for governor tucson.com

• Court: Voters should not be kept in dark tucson.com

• Court kills challenge to ACA’s mandate tucson.com

• Workers ask judge to halt Arpaio raids pending lawsuit azcentral.com

• Huppenthal joins the ‘barbarians,’ flip-flops on Common Core azcapitoltimes.com (subscription required)

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