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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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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Budget

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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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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, County Sheriff, Congressional District 1

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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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Tags: Babeu, sheriff, CD1

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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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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, County Sheriff, Pinal County Democratic Party

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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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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Eloy, Schools

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The Sheriff Who Can't Shoot Straight

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Election 2016

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu filed to run for Congress in the wrong district in a series of paperwork errors that have added to issues plaguing the Republican hopeful. Babeu announced he was running for the 1st District seat on Oct. 5. His statement of organization correctly noted he planned to run in the 1st District. But his

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Tags: Babeu, sheriff, PCSO

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Babeu raising most money in CD-1

Tue, Feb 9, 2016

Election 2016

Campaign brings in more than $300K in fourth quarter of 2015 By BRIAN WRIGHT, Staff Writer In the final quarter of 2015, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu significantly outpaced his competitors in fundraising for the open seat in Congressional District 1.The sheriff raised $306,000 during that time period, while his closest Republican

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, County Sheriff, Congressional District 1

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Officials in Superior want mayor to resign

Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Pinal County

SUPERIOR —Proof of stolen cash from town coffers has led to an uprising of people calling for the resignation of Superior Mayor Jayme Valenzuela, who is also a commander with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.First, there were allegations last month from former town clerk Rachel Sanchez that a town debit

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Superior, Mayor

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Election 2016: Backers say ‘no strings’ are attached

Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Education

By KEVIN REAGAN Staff WriterCASA GRANDE — An advocate for Gov. Doug Ducey’s education funding plan said it benefits local school districts without any “strings attached” to state government.If approved by voters, Proposition 123 would inject $3.5 billion into public education over a 10-year period. More than half the money

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Tags: Arizona, Prop 123, Education funding

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