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Eloy resident hopes to oust Smith

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Election 2016

ELOY — Fed-up with the “one-party system of government” in Arizona, Eloy resident Ralph Atchue is putting his hat in the ring to take on Republican incumbent Steve Smith this November to try and rein in Legislative District 11 for the Democrats.His main reason for running? Deep dissatisfaction about the

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Tags: Arizona, Legislative District 11, Ralph Atchue, LD 16 Senate

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Pot legalization likely to make Nov. ballot

Thu, Jun 30, 2016

Election 2016

An initiative to regulate marijuana so that adults can legally purchase, carry and consume small amounts of the substance will “absolutely” make it to the ballot come this November, according to spokesmen from the campaign.“On the local and state level this initiative will affect each person,” said Chris Sarappo, an

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Tags: Arizona, Marijuana legalization, Ballot initiative

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Sheriff candidates debate lively at chamber luncheon

Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Election 2016

ELOY — Can private business donate front-end loaders and backhoes to smash up the Mexican cartel drug traffickers’ corridors out in western Pinal County?You betcha says Democratic county sheriff candidate Kaye Dickson. And if elected Pinal County’s top cop she’s set to start bulldozing for the sake of county property

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Pinal County Sheriff, Kaye Dickson, Kevin Taylor

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Did Babeu Warn Of Cartels To Help Fund His Race For Congress

Fri, May 27, 2016

Election 2016

azcentral.com-Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu says drug cartels are in his county and that the public should be on alert. However, his claims are being disputed by other members of law enforcement.  A day after Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu advised Memorial Day travelers to pack a gun because of

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Tags: Arizona, Congressional District 1, Paul Babeu

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Model gov't: Arizona lawmakers outsource legislative ideas

Thu, May 26, 2016

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX – When Arizona lawmakers sponsored a 2016 house bill banning the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn products, the bill matched almost exactly to language in legislation proposed outside Arizona. But House Bill 2176, which never got a committee hearing, was not the only bill in the state’s 52nd legislative

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Model laws

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Effort launches to block laws loosening rules for ‘dark money’

Thu, May 19, 2016

Election 2016

Arizonans could get the last word on whether to uphold or reject newly enacted campaign finance laws that would allow more “dark money” to flow into state elections.Opponents of changes approved earlier this year by the Republican-controlled legislature filed the necessary paperwork Friday to begin circulating petitions to refer the

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Campaign Finance Laws

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ELECTION 2016: Voters nearly split on Prop. 123

Wed, May 18, 2016

Education

PHOENIX — Arizona voters were almost evenly split on a proposal to tap the state’s land trust fund to boost education funding, but a measure overhauling public safety pensions was winning by a wide margin Tuesday night.Proposition 123 is a plan to pump $3.5 billion in new money into the

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Tags: Arizona, Prop 123

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Website: Congressional District 1 leaning Democratic

Tue, May 17, 2016

Election 2016

CASA GRANDE — Arizona’s Congressional District 1 is considered one of the most competitive districts in the country, but at least one political tracking organization says that race has taken a left turn.Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a political tracker on centerforpolitics.org, has changed its House of Representatives rating for CD1 from

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Tags: Arizona, Congressional District 1

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Session ends with no vote on STV bill

Thu, May 12, 2016

Pinal County

Arizona legislators officially ended their session early Saturday morning without voting on HB 2384, the measure designed to give San Tan Valley residents an easier path toward a vote on whether or not to form a city.House Speaker David Gowan refused to let the bill go to the floor for

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, San Tan Valley Incorporation

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Judge throws out primary challenge

Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Election 2016

A judge late Tuesday threw out a challenge to last month’s presidential primary.Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Gass said there was evidence of problems in the March 22 election as well as things that may have been done wrong. And the judge said it’s certainly possible that the decision

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Tags: Arizona, Presidential Preference Primary, Primary Challenge

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