PINAL COUNTY & ARIZONA NEWS

Supreme Court strikes a blow for Arizona citizens
Mon, Jun 29, 2015Redistricting
By Laurie Roberts The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to gift the Arizona Republican Party with several new seats in Congress.The high court upheld the right of a citizen commission to draw congressional maps, rejecting Republican legislative leaders' opinion that only they (meaning the Legislature) can draw the lines.

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission

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Pinal property taxes likely to climb following split vote
Thu, Jun 4, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE — The fat lady has not officially sung, but it appears a property tax increase in Pinal County is inevitable.A tentative budget of $421 million for Fiscal Year 2016 was passed by a 3-2 vote of the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Wednesday. That tentative budget includes Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Property taxes

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Governor to seek voter OK to give more trust funds to schools
Thu, Jun 4, 2015Education
PHOENIX –– Saying there's no need for a tax hike, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to dig deeper into a special trust fund to provide an infusion of cash for public schools.The proposal would ask voters to quadruple the amount of money schools are allowed to withdraw from the fund each Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor, Education taxes, Doug Ducey

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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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