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Clean Elections panel advances new rules
Sat, May 16, 2015Election 2014
PHOENIX — Arizona’s Citizen’s Clean Elections Commission voted unanimously Thursday to advance new rules that require more transparency from “dark money” groups that have flooded political campaigns with vast sums of money around the country over the last five years.The 4-0 vote opens a 60-day public comment period on the Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, Dark Money Groups

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Douglas sues in effort to regain control over BOE staff Story
Fri, May 15, 2015Education
PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas filed suit late Friday to force Board of Education staffers to submit to her direct control -- and return to her agency's offices.Douglas wants a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to declare that the board's employees "work for the Department of Education and Read More

Tags: Arizona, Superitendent of Public Instruction, Board of Education

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Navajo president pledges to walk road to true sovereignty
Wed, May 13, 2015Economy
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The new president of the Navajo Nation was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremony in which he outlined a pro-business agenda and signed an agreement that includes moving forward with a tram that would shuttle tourists from cliff tops to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Russell Read More

Tags: Arizona, Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation, Russell Begaye

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Franks' proposed 20-week abortion ban returns
Wed, May 13, 2015Healthcare
A revised bill authored by U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., that would ban abortions after 20 weeks is expected to be debated and voted on Wednesday in the House. The legislation originally was to come to the House floor in January. But it was pulled from consideration by House GOP leaders Read More

Tags: Arizona, Abortion Ban, Congress, Trent Franks

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Reagan, Clean Elections clash over proposed ‘dark money’ rule (Arizona Capitol Times) Jeremy Duda
Wed, May 13, 2015Election 2014
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission is considering pushing the fight against dark money into new territory, and that isn’t sitting well with Arizona’s top elections official. A proposed commission rule will require new groups that spring up during campaign season and spend money to influence elections to file full campaign finance Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Clean Elections, Dark Money groups

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Northern Pinal constable under scrutiny – again PCSO: Acton impersonated an officer, bullied STV cou
Wed, May 13, 2015Pinal County
Embattled Pinal County constable John Acton has not escaped allegations that dogged him during last year’s campaign, but despite a recommendation from the Department of Public Safety, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office will not pursue a felony charge tied to Acton’s boasts about his law enforcement career.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Constable, John Acton

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Douglas' political games belong on the playground (Arizona Republic) Editorial board
Tue, May 12, 2015Education
Our View: Feud between Diane Douglas and Board of Education is a destructive distraction. The fault lines in the state's K-12 education system are not new. It took Diane Douglas' combative style to reveal how deep they are and how desperately Arizona needs skilled leadership, not gamesmanship. Gov. Doug Ducey, are you Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Education, Diane Douglas

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Former DCS head says Brnovich made decision to bar married gay couples from adopting
Mon, May 11, 2015Civil Rights
The former head of the state’s child safety agency said Monday it was Attorney General Mark Brnovich and not he who precipitated a February decision to stop allowing married gay couples to jointly adopt or become foster parents. Charles Flanagan said Monday the Department of Child Safety was perfectly content living Read More

Tags: Arizona, Gay adoption, Attorney General Mark Brnovich

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Letter to the Editor: Protect public lands to attract retirees
Wed, Apr 29, 2015Environment
 To the editor: As a 40-year resident in Arizona, and semi-retiree in Flagstaff, I choose Arizona as my home for its unspoiled public lands and abundant public access. Recently I celebrated my 70th birthday by camping on public lands, recharging my energy and spirit for my next decade within expansive peace Read More

Tags: Arizona, Public lands, retirees

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A proposed college graduation gift: $0 student-loan debt
Wed, Apr 29, 2015US Congress
Two Arizona Democrats think college graduates should leave school with a cap, gown and diploma — and a zero balance on their student loans. U.S. Reps. Raúl Grijalva of Tucson and Ruben Gallego of Phoenix are helping to lead the charge among liberals in Congress to guarantee debt-free college. The proposal, which Read More

Tags: Arizona, Raul Grijalva, Ruben Gallego, Student Loans

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