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Reagan, Clean Elections clash over proposed ‘dark money’ rule (Arizona Capitol Times) Jeremy Duda
Wed, May 13, 2015Election 2014
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission is considering pushing the fight against dark money into new territory, and that isn’t sitting well with Arizona’s top elections official. A proposed commission rule will require new groups that spring up during campaign season and spend money to influence elections to file full campaign finance Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Clean Elections, Dark Money groups

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Northern Pinal constable under scrutiny – again PCSO: Acton impersonated an officer, bullied STV cou
Wed, May 13, 2015Pinal County
Embattled Pinal County constable John Acton has not escaped allegations that dogged him during last year’s campaign, but despite a recommendation from the Department of Public Safety, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office will not pursue a felony charge tied to Acton’s boasts about his law enforcement career.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Constable, John Acton

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Douglas' political games belong on the playground (Arizona Republic) Editorial board
Tue, May 12, 2015Education
Our View: Feud between Diane Douglas and Board of Education is a destructive distraction. The fault lines in the state's K-12 education system are not new. It took Diane Douglas' combative style to reveal how deep they are and how desperately Arizona needs skilled leadership, not gamesmanship. Gov. Doug Ducey, are you Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Education, Diane Douglas

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Former DCS head says Brnovich made decision to bar married gay couples from adopting
Mon, May 11, 2015Civil Rights
The former head of the state’s child safety agency said Monday it was Attorney General Mark Brnovich and not he who precipitated a February decision to stop allowing married gay couples to jointly adopt or become foster parents. Charles Flanagan said Monday the Department of Child Safety was perfectly content living Read More

Tags: Arizona, Gay adoption, Attorney General Mark Brnovich

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Letter to the Editor: Protect public lands to attract retirees
Wed, Apr 29, 2015Environment
 To the editor: As a 40-year resident in Arizona, and semi-retiree in Flagstaff, I choose Arizona as my home for its unspoiled public lands and abundant public access. Recently I celebrated my 70th birthday by camping on public lands, recharging my energy and spirit for my next decade within expansive peace Read More

Tags: Arizona, Public lands, retirees

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A proposed college graduation gift: $0 student-loan debt
Wed, Apr 29, 2015US Congress
Two Arizona Democrats think college graduates should leave school with a cap, gown and diploma — and a zero balance on their student loans. U.S. Reps. Raúl Grijalva of Tucson and Ruben Gallego of Phoenix are helping to lead the charge among liberals in Congress to guarantee debt-free college. The proposal, which Read More

Tags: Arizona, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, Student Loans

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Arizona port may get Latino governor's name
Wed, Apr 29, 2015US Congress
Raul Castro, who became Arizona's only Latino governor in 1975 and a well-traveled U.S. diplomat after a hardscrabble childhood, may have a port on the U.S.-Mexican border named after him. Castro died earlier this month at 98.

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Property taxes to rise in Pinal
Thu, Apr 23, 2015
FLORENCE — Members of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors say they wouldn’t raise property taxes unless it was a last resort. But with some board members feeling like Gov. Doug Ducey has them over a barrel, a vote passed last Wednesday for a tax increase to be implemented next Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Property taxes

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Legislature saddles city, county with new fees, lower funding
Thu, Apr 9, 2015AZ Legislature
Blindsided. That might as well have been the word that Richard Travis used to describe how this year's legislative budget treated cities and counties. Lawmakers passed the budget after midnight on March 6-7, Travis told the Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino Board of Supervisors in a joint meeting Monday. Travis, who lobbies Read More

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Governor signs bill cutting taxes for insurance companies
Thu, Apr 9, 2015AZ Legislature
Arizona is set to reduce taxes for insurance companies under a new bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Monday.The tax cut is expected to mean the loss of more than $44 million to state’s general fund over the next 10 years. The proposal comes at a time when Arizona Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, taxes, Insurance companies

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