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Nearly half of eligible voters in Arizona don’t cast ballots

Thu, Jul 26, 2018

Election 2018

OPINIONThat muted alarm of crisis you’re not hearing is the silent sound of nearly half of otherwise eligible voters in Arizona not casting a ballot, resulting in their voice not being heard on policy decisions affecting their daily and future life. And that silence could grow louder in future years

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Elections

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LD 8 candidates discuss budget, ballot props

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Election 2018

CASA GRANDE — Legislative District 8 candidates met Thursday for a pre-primary forum in Casa Grande. Candidates each were asked for a response on three issues: discuss the state’s budget priorities, discuss whether they support any increased taxation and discuss any ballot propositions and whether they’d support or oppose those propositions.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, LD 8

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Utility owner spending millions against ballot measure

Thu, Jul 19, 2018

Election 2018

PHOENIX — A utility's parent company is spending millions of dollars on an effort to keep a clean energy measure of off the Arizona ballot. New campaign fillings show Arizona Public Service Co.'s parent company Pinnacle West spent nearly $6 million on a signature-gathering firm in the past few months.

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Pinal, Goldwater make final arguments to judge on road tax

Wed, Jul 18, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — A decision appears to be near on whether Pinal County can move forward with a new half-cent tax to fund major road projects. Closing briefs and oral arguments were given in Phoenix on the lawsuit against the Pinal Regional Transit Authority and the Arizona Department of Revenue by the

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Legal briefs detail another Johnson Utilities financial scheme

Tue, May 29, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Almost all parties in the Johnson Utilities evidentiary hearing have recommended the appointment of an interim manager, including Queen Creek, Florence, Arizona Corporation Commission staff, community activist John Dantico and the state Residential Utility Consumer Office.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Johnson Utilities

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Queen Creek annexation proposal divides San Tan Valley

Fri, May 25, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — A map for the annexation of the Encanterra gated community and the surrounding neighborhoods has been submitted to the town of Queen Creek. The map is included as part of a pre-application by Encanterra resident Leah Gumm that includes an area substantially larger than the subdivision, causing

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Journalist from Globe running for Arizona House in District 8

Wed, May 23, 2018

Election 2018

GLOBE — Linda Gross is making a run for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 8, making a transition from journalism to politics. Gross has been the publisher and a writer for the Globe Miami Times for a number of years since she moved to Globe in 2001. During the

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Church association calls for resignation of Pinal supervisor

Fri, May 18, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — In a sign of the spread of controversy over Johnson Utilities in San Tan Valley, even local churches are getting involved. The Association of Christian Churches and Organizations in San Tan Valley and Queen Creek has released a declaration calling for the appointment of an interim manager

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Legislature sends millions to 'freedom schools' at ASU, UA

Thu, May 10, 2018

Education

Arizona lawmakers this session provided $2 million to two state universities for “freedom schools” designed to teach conservative values.Since 2016, legislators have appropriated $12 million to Arizona State University and the University of Arizona for the ideologically driven centers, which previously had been funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.An AZCIR

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Tags: Arizona, 2018 Legislature, Freedom Schools, Budget

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Johnson Utilities hearing concludes with questions remaining

Thu, May 10, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — The Johnson Utilities evidentiary hearing with the Arizona Corporation Commission ended Wednesday, yet after almost four weeks of testimony there are still critical questions that remain unanswered.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Johnson Utilities

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