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Bowers won't back off water legislation despite GRIC threats

Fri, Feb 15, 2019

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- House Speaker Rusty Bowers is blowing off a threat by the Gila River Indian Community to pull out of the drought contingency plan -- and deny the state its water -- if he pursues his own legislation on forfeiture of water rights.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, CAP, Drought Contingency plan

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Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly makes Democratic bid for Senate seat

Tue, Feb 12, 2019

Arizona Democratic Party

PHOENIX (AP) — Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced  Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain's last term in the U.S. Senate.

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Tags: Arizona, U.S.Senate, Mark Kelly

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Judge lets Pinal County keep collecting RTA tax

Mon, Feb 11, 2019

Pinal County

PHOENIX — A judge has decided to allow Pinal County to keep collecting a transportation tax until an appellate court decides whether it’s legally valid. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Whitten issued a ruling last week that granted Pinal County’s request to continue collecting taxes that could eventually fund various

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Tags: Arizona 2018 Ballot Propositions, propositions

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O'Halleran announces he'll seek third term in Congress

Fri, Feb 8, 2019

Election 2020

FLAGSTAFF (AP) — Arizona U.S. Rep Tom O’Halleran says he’ll seek a third term to represent the state’s most vast congressional district, which includes most of Pinal County. The Democrat made the announcement this week on social media. He said he’s been honored to give rural Arizona a voice in Washington.

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Tags: Arizona, CD!, 2020 election

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Done’ isn’t done: What’s happening with the Colorado River drought plans?

Thu, Feb 7, 2019

AZ Legislature

GREELEY, Colo. – The seven states that rely on the Colorado River for water haven’t been able to finish a series of agreements that would keep its biggest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, from dropping to levels not seen since they were filled decades ago. Five states — Colorado, Utah,

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Volkmer says bill would curtail individualized sentencing

Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Pinal County

FLORENCE — A bill proposed in the state Senate has given the Pinal County attorney cause for concern. Kent Volkmer said his office pursues individualized sentencing for juvenile offenders charged with heinous crimes, particularly murder. When he first took office, Volkmer said one of the first things he noticed was the

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Florence PD receives funding to help man border security

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Pinal County

FLORENCE — The town will receive $82,000 from the Arizona Department of Homeland Security to buy a sport utility vehicle, plus twice that much for overtime wages and mileage, for the Florence Police Department to conduct U.S. border enforcement activities.

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Governor’s Office plans budget briefing in Casa Grande Jan. 30

Sat, Jan 19, 2019

Budget

PHOENIX — The Governor’s Office will hold briefings across Arizona, including Casa Grande, for members of the public to hear details about Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget and provide feedback.Ducey’s Executive Budget for fiscal year 2020 was released Friday.In the next two weeks briefings will take place in Tucson, Nogales,

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Tags: Arizona, Governor Ducey, Budget

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ADEQ, EPCOR working on wastewater solution after disputed advisory

Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — An advisory over a wastewater spillage in San Tan Valley caused confusion over the weekend and led to a defense from a local utility, but the state agency that issued it claims the parties are now working together on a solution. Erin Jordan, a spokeswoman with the

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

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Pinal supervisors hear ways to 'enhance the voting experience'

Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Pinal County elections officials presented several ideas Wednesday to enhance and modernize future elections. Speaking to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors, Elections Director Michele Forney and County Recorder Virginia Ross introduced nine ideas ranging from the fairly basic and inexpensive — such as text alerts to voters —

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Elections

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