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Game-playing at legislative carnival
Fri, May 2, 2014AZ Legislature
They call the end of the Arizona legislative session the "Sine Die," a fancy Latin word for "without day" or indefinitely.A more accurate description would be that the carnival has packed up and left town. On the last day the legislators are like a gaggle of giddy fifth-graders who've had Read More

Tags: Arizona, Election 2014, Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Governor Jan Brewer

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So near yet so far: Budget stalemate stymies lawmakers
Sat, Apr 5, 2014AZ Legislature
The Arizona Senate pushed budget negotiations into next week, declining to appoint senators immediately to a conference committee to hash out differences between budget proposals despite a signal that the House has enough votes for a compromise.On Thursday morning, House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, sent House leaders to present a Read More

Tags: Ariizona, Arizona Legislature, 2014 Budget

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Bill allows Arizona cities to ignore federal rules (KTAR)
Fri, Feb 28, 2014AZ Legislature
The Arizona House has given initial approval to a bill allowing local towns and cities to override the federal government and access federal land during emergencies.Republican bill sponsor Kelly Townsend of Mesa says she was inspired by the battle between the city of Tombstone and the federal government over access Read More

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Gov. Brewer signs elections-overhaul repeal
Thu, Feb 27, 2014AZ Legislature
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill repealing a 2013 elections overhaul championed by Republicans that left voter-rights groups incensed.Brewer signed House Bill 2196 Thursday. The action cancels a November election where voters would have had the final say.Republicans passed the elections overhaul in the final hours of the Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, HB 2196, 2013 Elections overhaul

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10 Arizona gun bills - and their prospects for passing
Mon, Jan 27, 2014AZ Legislature
Gun legislation wasn't supposed to be a major focus of this year's legislative session. And, if the early indications hold true, it won't be, either to strengthen or loosen the state's firearms laws. Only a couple of bills seem to be gaining traction so far. A look at what's been Read More

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Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Allow Them To Break Any Law
Sat, Jan 18, 2014AZ Legislature
OPINION on Arizona SB 1062It is beyond dispute that throughout world history most of the atrocities on the human race were committed in the name of religion whether it was the Holocaust, Crusades, Inquisition, witch hunts, or near extermination of aboriginal people by Christian imperialists. Conservatives and their Republican facilitators Read More

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Gallardo & Quezada, Phoenix: HB 2261 is just bad public policy
Sun, Jan 12, 2014AZ Legislature
House Bill 2261, which created at-large seats for the Maricopa County Community College District Board, is unfair and unconstitutional. That is why we have challenged the legality of the 2010 law.

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Arizona lawmaker to introduce new marijuana use and taxation regulations
Wed, Nov 27, 2013AZ Legislature
PHOENIX -An Arizona lawmaker is working on legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use.Under Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego's bill, people 21 and older could possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to five marijuana plants."This is for recreational use.  If somebody is of a sane state Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona State Legislature, Ruben Gallego

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Arizona to trim voting if citizenship proof lacking
Sun, Oct 20, 2013AZ Legislature
Arizona officials will seek to ban residents from voting in statewide races if they can’t prove citizenship — a move that critics called vindictive in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the state couldn’t require such documentation to cast ballots for federal offices.The change was announced Read More

Tags: Arizona, Voter Supression, Citizenship

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Election law targets Democrats, favors Republican votes
Tue, Jul 2, 2013AZ Legislature
By Luis Heredia My TurnRespect.Arizona Democrats have earned it. However, Gov. Jan Brewer and her political operatives have once again abused their power to marginalize Democrats. Signing House Bill 2305, which is designed to bolster the Republican Party’s advantage in the 2014 election, is the latest example.The victories of the Read More

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