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Sheriff Babeu’s name on 2 new PACs
Sun, Apr 20, 2014Election 2014
It may be more than two years from an election he’d run in, but Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is stirring the political pot with some of his recent fundraising moves.A pair of new political action committees — as yet unregistered — have popped up bearing the sheriff’s name.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Political PACS

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Impact fee study raises fears among (Coolidge) council members
Sun, Apr 20, 2014Pinal County
The reality of the decisions that must be made should the city of Coolidge continue collecting development impact fees beyond the beginning of August began setting in during a public hearing on the topic held April 10.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Coolidge, Impact fees

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Election 2014: Retired colonel to run for House in LD11
Sun, Apr 20, 2014Election 2014
Already quite familiar with the wide-ranging area that is Legislative District 11, having served as campaign manager for Arizona Senate candidate Jo Holt in her last two campaigns, Col. Holly Lyon (USAF, retired) is submitting her own name as a candidate in LD11.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, LD11, Holly Lyon

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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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Local Dems fire back at Koch bros. Obamacare ads
Sat, Apr 5, 2014Election 2014
Local Democratic leaders, bristling at new attack ads aimed at convincing the Affordable Care Act was bad for their community, came out to defend the law and and two of Arizona’s congressional representatives for their support of Obamacare.Even after five years of political wrangling since the Patient Protection and Affordable Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Congressional Districts, the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, U.S. Rep Ann Kirkpatricks

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Pro-immigrant group Puente walking 60 miles to Eloy Detention Center
Fri, Apr 4, 2014Immigration
PHOENIX — In a protest against deportations, Arizona pro-immigration group Puente will be walking 60 miles from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Phoenix Field Office to the Eloy Detention Center. The walk was scheduled to begin Wednesday morning with an 18-mile walk to Chandler, to resume the next morning Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Immigration, Puente, Immigration Walk

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SMITH: Sheriff, taxpayers want teamwork
Fri, Apr 4, 2014Pinal County
By Anthony Smith, chairman Pinal County Board of SupervisorsEarlier this month, Sheriff Paul Babeu wrote an op-ed announcing his intention to permanently reassign 20 deputies from rural areas within Pinal County to the San Tan Valley community effective June 1.The sheriff has the right to manage the Pinal County Sheriff’s Read More

Tags: Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Pinal County Budget, Anthony Smith, Board of Supervisors

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Pinal board to review Sheriff’s Office budget
Wed, Apr 2, 2014Pinal County
With Sheriff Paul Babeu giving notice that he’d again be asking the Board of Supervisors this year for an increase in the number of sworn officers, one of his closest allies on the board responded with a tone of subtle rebuke.

Tags: Pinal County, Sheriff Paul Babeu, Pinal County Budget

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Opinion: 3 Pinal County Supervisors Violate County Merit Rules
Mon, Mar 17, 2014Pinal County
At the Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting, on Feb. 5, three Republican supervisors violated the County Merit System rules for promotions and reclassifications by doing an end-around Human Resources.

Tags: Pinal County, Pinal County Board of Supervisors, Merit System

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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

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Cities and towns override of federal government

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