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The power behind SB1062: Center for Arizona Policy wields substantial influence at the Capitol
Fri, Feb 28, 2014
Behind the legislation that engulfed Arizona in a firestorm over the treatment of gays is an influential Evangelical-Christian lobby that is deep in the trenches of America’s culture wars.Founded in 1995, many see the Center for Arizona Policy as the vanguard in the fight to preserve traditional values, which supporters Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, SB1062, Center for Arizona Policy

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Steady Eddie' Pastor's retirement brings a seismic shift
Fri, Feb 28, 2014US Congress
Steady Eddie is leaving, and it means a seismic shift for Arizona’s 7th Congressional District.Part of the rumble after Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor announced his retirement from Congress Thursday came from would-be successors hoping to replace the man who replaced Mo Udall in 1991.Before that political scramble gets fully under Read More

Tags: Arizona, 7th Congressional District, Ed Pastor

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Gov. Brewer signs elections-overhaul repeal
Thu, Feb 27, 2014AZ Legislature
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill repealing a 2013 elections overhaul championed by Republicans that left voter-rights groups incensed.Brewer signed House Bill 2196 Thursday. The action cancels a November election where voters would have had the final say.Republicans passed the elections overhaul in the final hours of the Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, HB 2196, 2013 Elections overhaul

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10 Arizona gun bills - and their prospects for passing
Mon, Jan 27, 2014AZ Legislature
Gun legislation wasn't supposed to be a major focus of this year's legislative session. And, if the early indications hold true, it won't be, either to strengthen or loosen the state's firearms laws. Only a couple of bills seem to be gaining traction so far. A look at what's been Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona State Legislature, Gun bills

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Weisser Counters Gosar's Assertions
Mon, Jan 27, 2014Election 2014
By JIM SECKLER/The Daily NewsPublished: Monday, January 27, 2014 1:17 AM MSTKINGMAN — A Democratic challenger for Mohave County’s congressional seat also attended the incumbent’s town hall Wednesday night.Mikel Weisser, who plans to run for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said the Republican criticism of Benghazi Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Congressional District 4, Mikel Weisser

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State Political Meetings: AZ GOP Nullifies Fed Law, while Dems Endorse Marijuana Legalization
Mon, Jan 27, 2014Arizona Democratic Party
The party faithful of the Arizona Democratic and Republican Parties gathered on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Maricopa County for their respective State Committee Meetings. State law requires official political parties to meet quarterly. Precinct committee people, state and county party leaders, elected officials, and candidates gather to discuss strategy, Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Democratic Party, Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting

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Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Allow Them To Break Any Law
Sat, Jan 18, 2014AZ Legislature
OPINION on Arizona SB 1062It is beyond dispute that throughout world history most of the atrocities on the human race were committed in the name of religion whether it was the Holocaust, Crusades, Inquisition, witch hunts, or near extermination of aboriginal people by Christian imperialists. Conservatives and their Republican facilitators Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republicans, SB 1062

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Moving closer to state land sale for rail yard in Pinal County
Fri, Jan 17, 2014Pinal County
Land Department, Union Pacific Announce Hiring of Consultants to Study Proposed Classification Rail Yard (State Capitol, Phoenix)—Negotiations aimed at exploring the auction of state trust land in Pinal County for the construction of a classification rail yard took another step forward recently with the Arizona State Land Department and Union Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Arizona State Trust Land, Union Pacific Railroad

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Gallardo & Quezada, Phoenix: HB 2261 is just bad public policy
Sun, Jan 12, 2014AZ Legislature
House Bill 2261, which created at-large seats for the Maricopa County Community College District Board, is unfair and unconstitutional. That is why we have challenged the legality of the 2010 law.

Tags: Arizona, House Bill 2261, Maricopa County Community College Distric Board

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Arizona sheriffs assail costs of private prisons
Sun, Jan 12, 2014Security
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and other Arizona sheriffs’ offices say the state is needlessly spending money to move inmates to a new private prison when they could be held in county facilities for millions of dollars less per year.

Tags: Arizona, Private prisons, County jails, County Sheriffs

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