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Editorial: Sheriff’s race heats up

Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Election 2016

The Pinal County sheriff’s race this year is getting more lively with the addition of another Democratic candidate, former longtime department member Kaye Dickson. She later was the county’s animal control director and did that same job in Ohio before returning to run.Sheriff Paul Babeu is making a run for

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ELECTION 2016: Dickson returns to Arizona, enters race

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Election 2016

CASA GRANDE — A veteran with more than three decades of experience at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has returned to Arizona to seek that department’s top job, shaking up the race.Kaye Dickson, who left Arizona for Columbus, Ohio, last spring to head Franklin County Animal Care and Control, has

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Ducey signs bill to make ballot harvesting a felony

Wed, Mar 9, 2016

AZ Legislature

Saying it will maintain election integrity, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed legislation to make felons out of those who collect the ballots of others to bring them to the polls.HB2023, which takes effect later this year, will allow judges to impose a presumptive one-year prison term and potential $150,000

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Goldwater echoes ACLU’s concerns with Pinal RICO funds

Wed, Mar 2, 2016

Election 2016

FLORENCE — The Goldwater Institute, a prominent conservative think tank based in Phoenix, wants a closer look at how Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is using seized criminal money.Babeu, a Republican running for an open seat in Arizona’s Congressional District 1, has drawn attention in the past for how the

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Snider Runs for Casa Grande Council

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Election 2016

CASA GRANDE — David Snider has worn quite a few different hats since he came to Casa Grande in 1977.  Library director, interim city manager and Pinal County supervisor are some of the titles he’s earned through his time in public service. Casa Grande city councilman is the next title he’d like

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Pinal County’s financial condition has stablized

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Pinal County’s general fund budget has taken dramatic hits in the last couple of years, but a presentation given to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 17 provided cautious optimism.The good news is the county is projected to operate with an estimated 1 percent surplus for the remainder

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Opponent Rogers lays into Babeu

Sun, Feb 14, 2016

Election 2016

Opponent Rogers lays into BabeuStatement says sheriff’s campaign has shown ‘disregard for the rules’ By KATIE CAMPBELL Contributing WriterA Republican running for the open seat in Congressional District 1 has joined the chorus of those critical of a mailer sent out by the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.Sheriff Paul Babeu is in

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Sheriff Uses RICO for Political Ad

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Election 2016

FLORENCE — Some leading Pinal County Democrats and Republicans say a mailer sent out recently by the Sheriff’s Office is nothing more than political propaganda promoting Sheriff Paul Babeu, who is running for Congress. The mailer touts accomplishments of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office but also prominently features several photographs of

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Mailer called ‘political booster piece’

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Election 2016

Dems, Republicans alike decry Babeu; lawsuits may be filed A Pinal County Sheriff’s Office mailer sent to more than 8,000 registered voters in the county is raising eyebrows. Republicans and Democrats alike are claiming the mailer is political in nature and is an illegal use of seized criminal funds. FLORENCE — Some

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Superintendent assistant earns $365,000 a year

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Education

ELOY — A series of business agreements and donations given to the Toltec Elementary School District is allowing Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeff Van Handel to be paid over $365,000 in salary and benefits for the 2015-16 school year, according to documents obtained by the Casa Grande Dispatch.These business agreements have

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