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Kirkpatrick and Gosar Townhall in Florence
Fri, Jan 23, 2015US Congress
FLORENCE — The major fault lines between Republicans and Democrats were on display Friday when two of Arizona's federal representatives from opposing parties came together at a joint town hall to talk about their priorities in the new Congress.

Tags: Arizona, Ann Kirkpatrick, Paul Gosar, U.S. Congress, CD 1, CD 4

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Republican Legislators want to "wheel and deal"in private
Fri, Jan 23, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX (AP) — Majority Republicans in the Arizona House are discussing whether to close some of their caucuses to lobbyists, reporters and other members of the public so lawmakers can discuss legislation and budget proposals in private.House Republican leaders were rounding up votes for a rule change to allow caucuses Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Caucus

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State may face $414M deficit next fiscal year
Fri, Jan 23, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX — A House panel approved tax relief Thursday for some individuals as state economists were telling lawmakers that Arizona is not collecting enough to balance the budget this coming year, next year or the year after that.HB 2001 requires the Department of Revenue to annually adjust tax brackets to Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Budget

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Democrat Bolding introduces Body Camera Bill In State Legislature
Wed, Jan 21, 2015AZ Legislature
A new bill in the state legislature requires body cameras for all Arizona police officers. Democrat Reginald Bolding introduced the bill today. He also introduced a bill requiring an independent investigation into deadly policeinvolved ...Arizona Legislature likely to see several bills prompted by police shootingsThe TribunePolice Keep Arizona officers39 IDs Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Police Body Camera bill

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Why The Supreme Court Should Reject The Arizona Legislature's Challengeto the Arizona IRC
Sun, Jan 18, 2015Redistricting
One of the important Supreme Court cases currently being briefed (with oral argument set for March), Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, involves the question whether the U.S. Constitution and congressional statutes permit the people of a state to implement an initiative creating an independent redistricting commission (IRC)—i.e., one Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Redistricting, Law suit

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Rep. Shope: Requiring civics test is important
Sat, Jan 17, 2015Education
Basic knowledge of American civics does matter, District 8 Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, says. Shope on Thursday voted in favor of one of the first bills to zip through the Arizona Legislature, a bill requiring high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate. It was nearly immediately signed Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Governor Ducey, Civics Test

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Arizona Has One of Nation's Most Regressive Tax Systems
Sat, Jan 17, 2015Economy
Arizonans on the lower end of the income scale are paying a significantly higher portion of their incomes in taxes than wealthier Arizonans. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a non-profil research organization, released a report showing the nation's poorest taxpayers have an effective tax rate that's double that of Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Governor, Budget, Taxes

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Affordable Care Act Enrollment Exceed 2014 Numbers
Sat, Jan 17, 2015Healthcare
The number of Arizonans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act has exceeded last year’s total by more than 40,000 and there’s still another month to go in the open enrollment period.

Tags: Arizona, Affordable Care Act

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High-profile donors, familiar names dominate 2014 campaign contributions
Sat, Jan 17, 2015Election 2014
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and wrestling magnate Linda McMahon might make a funny trio for the setup of a joke, but what they actually have in common is their outsized funding of Arizona’s 2014 campaign season. Theirs are only a few of the most Read More

Tags: Arizona, Political Action Committees, Political Donors

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Pinal Dems leaving Main Street in Florence
Sat, Jan 17, 2015
FLORENCE — Citing rising costs and “a change in philosophy,” the Pinal County Democratic Party is vacating its Main Street location in Florence, effective at the end of the month. When the party first moved into its current location eight years ago, rent was $475 per month and increased to $575 Read More

Tags: Pinal County Democratic Party, David Coward, PCD Executive Committee

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