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Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick AZ CD 1 announces for U.S. Senate
Tue, May 26, 2015US Congress
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Tags: Arizona, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, U.S. Senate, 2016 Election

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Ducey against any tax hikes for ed
Sun, May 24, 2015Education
PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday he will oppose any effort to hike taxes to boost education funding, even one where voters would make the decision.“I have said that we are not going to raise taxes,” the governor told Capitol Media Services. “And I have been consistent.”The absolutist stance Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor, Education taxes, Doug Ducey

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The Corporation Commission needs to earn back our trust
Sun, May 24, 2015Energy
Arizona is moving inexorably closer to a real crisis involving the Corporation Commission's ability to provide constitutionally mandated oversight of utilities.

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Corporation Commission

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Double lives: Dreamers exemplify struggle to find answers to illegal immigration
Sat, May 23, 2015Immigration
For a dozen years, Belen Sisa kept a secret even from her closest friends. To them, she was Belen the excellent student, the varsity cheerleader, the homecoming queen. In fact, Sisa sits on the edge of America’s dizzying immigration system – she and her parents are in the country illegally.

Tags: Arizona, Immigration Reform, DACA, Dreamers

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Kirkpatrick part of group preparing to fight redistricting
Fri, May 22, 2015Redistricting
PHOENIX -- Fearing defeat at the Supreme Court, more than a dozen members of Congress from California and Arizona introduced legislation Friday to preserve the congressional boundaries set by independent redistricting commissions.HR 2501 specifically bars the legislatures in six states, including Arizona, from redrawing the lines ahead of the 2020 Read More

Tags: Arizona, Redistricting, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick

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Clean Elections looking into Corp Comm texts
Fri, May 22, 2015Election 2014
(Note: This story comes from the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting through a Creative Commons license. AZCIR is a nonprofit investigative newsroom.)Arizona election regulators have taken note of records showing that Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump was in regular contact with the campaigns of candidates he supported and a “dark money” Read More

Tags: Arizona, Clean Elections, Arizona Corporation Commission, Bob Stump

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Clean Elections panel advances new rules
Sat, May 16, 2015Election 2014
PHOENIX — Arizona’s Citizen’s Clean Elections Commission voted unanimously Thursday to advance new rules that require more transparency from “dark money” groups that have flooded political campaigns with vast sums of money around the country over the last five years.The 4-0 vote opens a 60-day public comment period on the Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Dark Money Groups

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Douglas sues in effort to regain control over BOE staff Story
Fri, May 15, 2015Education
PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas filed suit late Friday to force Board of Education staffers to submit to her direct control -- and return to her agency's offices.Douglas wants a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to declare that the board's employees "work for the Department of Education and Read More

Tags: Arizona, Superitendent of Public Instruction, Board of Education

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Navajo president pledges to walk road to true sovereignty
Wed, May 13, 2015Economy
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The new president of the Navajo Nation was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony in which he outlined a pro-business agenda and signed an agreement that includes moving forward with a tram that would shuttle tourists from cliff tops to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Russell Read More

Tags: Arizona, Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation, Russell Begaye

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Franks' proposed 20-week abortion ban returns
Wed, May 13, 2015Healthcare
A revised bill authored by U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., that would ban abortions after 20 weeks is expected to be debated and voted on Wednesday in the House. The legislation originally was to come to the House floor in January. But it was pulled from consideration by House GOP leaders Read More

Tags: Arizona, Abortion Ban, Congress, Trent Franks

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