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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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The power behind SB1062: Center for Arizona Policy wields substantial influence at the Capitol
Fri, Feb 28, 2014
Behind the legislation that engulfed Arizona in a firestorm over the treatment of gays is an influential Evangelical-Christian lobby that is deep in the trenches of America’s culture wars.Founded in 1995, many see the Center for Arizona Policy as the vanguard in the fight to preserve traditional values, which supporters Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, SB1062, Center for Arizona Policy

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Steady Eddie' Pastor's retirement brings a seismic shift
Fri, Feb 28, 2014US Congress
Steady Eddie is leaving, and it means a seismic shift for Arizona’s 7th Congressional District.Part of the rumble after Democratic Rep. Ed Pastor announced his retirement from Congress Thursday came from would-be successors hoping to replace the man who replaced Mo Udall in 1991.Before that political scramble gets fully under Read More

Tags: Arizona, 7th Congressional District, Ed Pastor

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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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