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State GOP may move to close primaries to independents Read more: http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/201
Wed, Feb 18, 2015Government Reform
The Arizona Republican Party may be on the verge of a legal battle over an attempt to close its primary elections to independents. Some election attorneys say an old federal court ruling allowing Libertarians to opt out of the state’s open primary may provide a blueprint for success.  At an annual Read More

Tags: Arizona, Republican Party

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Bill to repeal Common Core passes House committee
Tue, Feb 17, 2015AZ Legislature
The House Education Committee passed a bill Wednesday to repeal the Common Core academic standards being taught in Arizona. HB 2190, which passed 5-2, would revert to the standards that were in place before Common Core was adopted in 2010. The bill still must make its way through the Legislature.

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Education, Common Core

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Arizona Legislator Wants To Outlaw Federal Gun Laws Azcentralcom
Sat, Feb 14, 2015AZ Legislature
It appears the Arizona Legislature may be preparing to go to war with the federal government. Again, that is.The Senate Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility Committee will hear a bill at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to outlaw enforcement of federal gun laws in Arizona. Specifically, it would declare "invalid and void" any gun Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Caucus

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Another Unfunded Mandate for Rural Counties
Thu, Feb 12, 2015Government Reform
HB2427, another unfunded mandate by the Republican lead legislation would add requirement to report early voting daily. This is would require additional staff that rural counties can't afford and would benefit the politicians and could hinder other tasks needing to be done to prepare for an election. 
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GOP pushing bill to give sheriffs power over feds
Wed, Feb 11, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX –– Declaring state law to be above all others, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to both block federal gun laws they believe violate the Second Amendment and punish the city of Tucson for enacting its own restrictions. They also agreed to bar state and local governments from helping any Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Caucus

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Vice Chair Rios Puts Blame for Jail on Babeu
Sun, Feb 8, 2015Pinal County
In this article, and at the last Board of Supervisor's meeting, Vice Chair Pete Rios placed the blame for not negotiating with ICE on reimbursement for jail space squarely on the sheriff. He said he was tired of Babeu putting all the blame for the jail closure and loss of Read More
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Board of Supervisors: Supervisors OK trio of pay raises
Thu, Feb 5, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE — It’s hard to tell where the Pinal County Board of Supervisors stand with regard to spending. The five board members often espouse the virtues of fiscal restraint, especially considering the County is facing a general fund reserve that is hemorrhaging by millions of dollars each year. 

Tags: Pinal County Supervisors, Salaries

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Editor’s View: Ducey, Legislature spreading darkness
Thu, Feb 5, 2015AZ Legislature
Adam Gaub, Managing Editor, Eloy EnterpriseOne of the main goals for new Gov. Doug Ducey in the first weeks of his administration was to avoid any major gaffes – those of his own doing or from the Republican-controlled State Legislature.

Tags: Arizona, Governor, Doug Ducey

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BOS approves increased salaries for Attorney's Office
Sat, Jan 31, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE — It's hard to tell where the Pinal County Board of Supervisors stand with regard to spending. The five board members often espouse the virtues of fiscal restraint, especially considering the County is facing a general fund reserve that is hemorrhaging by millions of dollars each year.But on Wednesday, Read More

Tags: Pinal County Supervisors, Salaries

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http://www.trivalleycentral.com/florence_reminder_blade_tribune/news/mine-supporters-speak/article_1
Sat, Jan 31, 2015Pinal County
Supporters outnumbered opponents 5-1 as speakers came forward to comment on the Florence Copper Project last Thursday night before an audience of 500 people in Florence High School’s main gym.US Environmental Protection Agency officials held a public hearing to gather input on its proposed Underground Injection Control permit for a Read More

Tags: Pinal County, Florence, Florence Copper Mine

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