Federal overreach ballot measure passes in Arizona

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona has approved an effort designed to push back against the federal government for any actions the state considers unconstitutional.

Proposition 122 arose from growing angst in Republican states over what conservatives view as heavy-handed tactics by the Obama administration. Opponents called it a waste of time and money to decide questions that the courts are designed to handle.

It was one of a few unsettled races from Election Night, but the yes votes pulled away as late ballots were counted.

The measure would allow the state to withhold money and staffing in carrying out any federal program or effort that voters or lawmakers deem unconstitutional.

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