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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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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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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

Tags: Arizona, Arizona State Legislature, Gun bills

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Weisser Counters Gosar's Assertions
Mon, Jan 27, 2014Election 2014
By JIM SECKLER/The Daily NewsPublished: Monday, January 27, 2014 1:17 AM MSTKINGMAN — A Democratic challenger for Mohave County’s congressional seat also attended the incumbent’s town hall Wednesday night.Mikel Weisser, who plans to run for the seat held by U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., said the Republican criticism of Benghazi Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Congressional District 4, Mikel Weisser

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State Political Meetings: AZ GOP Nullifies Fed Law, while Dems Endorse Marijuana Legalization
Mon, Jan 27, 2014Arizona Democratic Party
The party faithful of the Arizona Democratic and Republican Parties gathered on Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Maricopa County for their respective State Committee Meetings. State law requires official political parties to meet quarterly. Precinct committee people, state and county party leaders, elected officials, and candidates gather to discuss strategy, Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Democratic Party, Arizona Democratic Party State Committee Meeting

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