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Editorial: Pinal budget battles
Thu, Feb 26, 2015Pinal County
Pinal County government’s budget involves some serious money, more than a third of a billion dollars a year. Not surprisingly, the budget process sometimes means conflict.A disagreement between at least some members of the Board of Supervisors, which sets the annual budget, and the two elected officials who head up Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, BOS, Budget, Sheriff, County Attorney

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Board of Supervisors: Board weighs need for impact fee increases
Fri, Feb 20, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE –– Just how much is too much when it comes to development impact fees?The Pinal County Board of Supervisors recognizes the need for such fees to finance roads and infrastructure in the county, but some board members say if fees get too high, it will drive away developers.At a Read More

Tags: Pinal County Supervisors, Impact Fees, BOS

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A HISTORIC DAY’ Huge annexations receive approval
Fri, Feb 20, 2015Pinal County
In what was called a “historic day” for the city of Coolidge, Monday saw a huge step in the annexation of 13 square miles of land into the city limits, which would stretch the boundaries significantly south and transforming the prospects for the future of economic development.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Coolidge, Land annexation.

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Gov’s budget concerns educators
Fri, Feb 20, 2015Education
Public schools could see loss of $113.5M Frank Davidson“For our district, that would be a cut of around $1 million.” — Frank DavidsonCGESD superintendent Educators are worried that Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget would cut funding for public schools by another $113.5 million.“For our district, that would be a cut of around Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor, Doug Ducey, Education Budget

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UA President Discusses Gov. Ducey's Proposed Budget Cuts To Universities
Fri, Feb 20, 2015Education
In his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, Governor Doug Ducey is looking to cut $75 million from the state’s three public universities. The University of Arizona would lose $21 million of its funding if the Ducey budget becomes a reality. Some are concerned that state lawmakers will push for Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor, Doug Ducey, UA President, Budet cuts

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State GOP may move to close primaries to independents Read more: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/201
Wed, Feb 18, 2015Government Reform
The Arizona Republican Party may be on the verge of a legal battle over an attempt to close its primary elections to independents. Some election attorneys say an old federal court ruling allowing Libertarians to opt out of the state’s open primary may provide a blueprint for success.  At an annual Read More

Tags: Arizona, Republican Party

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Bill to repeal Common Core passes House committee
Tue, Feb 17, 2015AZ Legislature
The House Education Committee passed a bill Wednesday to repeal the Common Core academic standards being taught in Arizona. HB 2190, which passed 5-2, would revert to the standards that were in place before Common Core was adopted in 2010. The bill still must make its way through the Legislature.

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Education, Common Core

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Arizona Legislator Wants To Outlaw Federal Gun Laws Azcentralcom
Sat, Feb 14, 2015AZ Legislature
It appears the Arizona Legislature may be preparing to go to war with the federal government. Again, that is.The Senate Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility Committee will hear a bill at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to outlaw enforcement of federal gun laws in Arizona. Specifically, it would declare "invalid and void" any gun Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Caucus

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Another Unfunded Mandate for Rural Counties
Thu, Feb 12, 2015Government Reform
HB2427, another unfunded mandate by the Republican lead legislation would add requirement to report early voting daily. This is would require additional staff that rural counties can't afford and would benefit the politicians and could hinder other tasks needing to be done to prepare for an election. 
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GOP pushing bill to give sheriffs power over feds
Wed, Feb 11, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX –– Declaring state law to be above all others, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to both block federal gun laws they believe violate the Second Amendment and punish the city of Tucson for enacting its own restrictions. They also agreed to bar state and local governments from helping any Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Caucus

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