AZ Democrat Switches Parties
Tue, Nov 24, 2015
Arizona lawmaker Carlyle Begay switches parties (Arizona Republic) Mary Jo Pitzl Carlyle Begay, a Democrat who was often viewed as the state Senate's 18th Republican, officially joined the GOP Monday.           The announcement, attended by a bevy of Republican elected officials, surprised no one and makes no substantive change to the power dynamics Read More

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New Release on Syrian Refugee Bill
Thu, Nov 19, 2015US Congress
NEWS RELEASENov. 19, 2015– For immediate release  Kirkpatrick statement on Syrian refugee bill, H.R. 4038  U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick gave the following statement in advance of today’s vote on legislation from House Republicans that would immediately shut down refugee resettlement from Syria and Iraq, possibly for many years, and severely limit future Read More

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Douglas outlines plan to improve Ariz.'s public schools
Sat, Oct 3, 2015Education
PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas is calling for higher teacher pay, an end to teaching "racism'' in schools, a requirement for high school graduates to be able to speak a foreign language, allow parents to refuse to let their children take standardized tests, and give children more time Read More

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Veteran deputy at odds with Babeu fired for being rude
Sat, Oct 3, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE — Andrew Wikstrom’s long, strange journey with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office came to an abrupt end last month when a merit commission upheld his firing by Sheriff Paul Babeu.Wikstrom, a former deputy at PCSO, already had been terminated once before by Babeu, but that firing was overturned when Read More

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State makes case in fight with Pima, Pinal counties
Thu, Oct 1, 2015Pinal County
PHOENIX –– Attorneys for the state argued Thursday that there is nothing wrong with state lawmakers balancing their budget by shifting costs to Pima and Pinal counties, even if it forces residents to pay even higher taxes.John Lopez IV, the state’s solicitor general, did not dispute that legislators balanced the Read More

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Babeu excelling at ruining lives
Thu, Oct 1, 2015Pinal County
Editor's view Adam Gaub, Managing EditorWhen deputy Andrew Wikstrom, head bowed and muttering expletives, heard the judgment against him earlier this month – fired for allegedly being rude to civilians on a call he first thought was an active shooter situation – he became the latest in an ever-growing club filled Read More
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Guest commentary: Clean Elections provides unbiased information for voters
Thu, Sep 24, 2015Election 2016
Gina Roberts, special to AFNStarting this August, Arizona voters began hearing knocks on their doors from hopeful 2016 candidates running for statewide or legislative office and who are asking for support. That’s right, 2016!The Citizens Clean Elections Commission (Clean Elections) provides the tools voters need to cast an informed ballot, Read More

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ACLU Lawsuit Against our Law and Order Team
Thu, Jul 30, 2015Pinal County
  Anatomy of ACLU suit claiming Pinal County officials abuse asset forfeiture laws (Arizona Capitol Times) Gary Grado Libertarian groups for years have been calling for changes to Arizona laws designed to seize the profits of crime. Some of the criticism of the state’s asset forfeiture laws, which allow police and prosecutors to Read More
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Officials: Pinal cities need to help one another
Sat, Jul 18, 2015Pinal County
The Pinal Partnership hosted a panel Friday in The Property Conference Center with representatives from Coolidge, Florence, Eloy and Maricopa each offering developmental updates of their respective cities.Coolidge Mayor Jon Thompson said recent funding cuts made by the state Legislature will force the city to reallocate resources.

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Town’s claim for Florence Copper land is dismissed
Thu, Jul 16, 2015Pinal County
The town of Florence’s attempt to acquire Florence Copper Inc.’s private property through eminent domain has been dismissed in Maricopa County Superior Court.The town sought eminent domain over two years ago, commenting at the time that other legal issues between and the town and Florence Copper left the town no Read More

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