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San Tan discusses incorporation

Tue, Aug 9, 2016

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Most of the San Tan Valley residents attending a public meeting last week are opposed to the community becoming a city.But those who would like to see a vote on the matter are undeterred.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Incorporation

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ACLU, other groups continue fight to reform use of RICO funds

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Arizona has a “policing for profit” problem, according to Paul Avelar; it’s an issue in Pinal County and other counties and stems from a state statute governing the use of seized criminal funds with language that seems to be murky at best. When officials talk about RICO funds,

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds

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Editorial: Pinal sheriff race

Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Pinal County

Pinal County residents soon will be voting in the primary election. The largest field of candidates for a countywide position is in the race for sheriff. Paul Babeu is planning to leave that job after two terms as he runs for a seat in Congress.The candidates on the Republican side

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Pinal County Sheriff, Kaye Dickson, Kevin Taylor

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Consultant praises Pinal job creation, tourism efforts

Wed, Jul 27, 2016

Pinal County

FLORENCE - A economic development consultant says Pinal County has done a good job of transitioning from encouraging more home building to focusing on job creation and tourism.Jim Rounds, president of the Rounds Consulting Group, Inc. told the Board of Supervisors last week that “Pinal County is superior when it

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Mayor of Superior indicted for theft

Tue, Jul 12, 2016

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Embattled Superior Mayor Jayme Valenzuela has been indicted for theft, Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Friday.Valenzuela, who is facing a recall election in the northern Pinal County town, has been charged with one count of theft, a Class 5 felony. The Superior Town Council hired an auditor who

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Superior, Jayme Valenzuela

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Eloy resident hopes to oust Smith

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Election 2016

ELOY — Fed-up with the “one-party system of government” in Arizona, Eloy resident Ralph Atchue is putting his hat in the ring to take on Republican incumbent Steve Smith this November to try and rein in Legislative District 11 for the Democrats.His main reason for running? Deep dissatisfaction about the

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Tags: Arizona, Legislative District 11, Ralph Atchue, LD 16 Senate

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Pot legalization likely to make Nov. ballot

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Election 2016

An initiative to regulate marijuana so that adults can legally purchase, carry and consume small amounts of the substance will “absolutely” make it to the ballot come this November, according to spokesmen from the campaign.“On the local and state level this initiative will affect each person,” said Chris Sarappo, an

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Tags: Arizona, Marijuana legalization, Ballot initiative

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Sheriff candidates debate lively at chamber luncheon

Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Election 2016

ELOY — Can private business donate front-end loaders and backhoes to smash up the Mexican cartel drug traffickers’ corridors out in western Pinal County?You betcha says Democratic county sheriff candidate Kaye Dickson. And if elected Pinal County’s top cop she’s set to start bulldozing for the sake of county property

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Pinal County Sheriff, Kaye Dickson, Kevin Taylor

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Pinal debate cordial, but Babeu criticized

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Pinal County

MARICOPA — Primary debates in the races for Pinal County sheriff and county attorney on Saturday were surprisingly cordial as candidates largely focused on the questions posed rather than their competition.

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CD1 Republican candidates all oppose big government

Mon, Jun 20, 2016

Election 2016

MARICOPA — Wildfires, unemployment and porous borders were some of the faults Republican candidates in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District race blamed the federal government for during a public forum on Saturday.

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Tags: Election 2016, Congressional District 1

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