Douglas outlines plan to improve Ariz.'s public schools
Sat, Oct 3, 2015Education
PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas is calling for higher teacher pay, an end to teaching "racism'' in schools, a requirement for high school graduates to be able to speak a foreign language, allow parents to refuse to let their children take standardized tests, and give children more time Read More

Tags: Arizona, Public schools, Diane Douglas

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State makes case in fight with Pima, Pinal counties
Thu, Oct 1, 2015Pinal County
PHOENIX –– Attorneys for the state argued Thursday that there is nothing wrong with state lawmakers balancing their budget by shifting costs to Pima and Pinal counties, even if it forces residents to pay even higher taxes.John Lopez IV, the state’s solicitor general, did not dispute that legislators balanced the Read More

Tags: Pinal County, Arizona, Pinal County, Pima CountyBudget, Taxes

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Guest commentary: Clean Elections provides unbiased information for voters
Thu, Sep 24, 2015Election 2016
Gina Roberts, special to AFNStarting this August, Arizona voters began hearing knocks on their doors from hopeful 2016 candidates running for statewide or legislative office and who are asking for support. That’s right, 2016!The Citizens Clean Elections Commission (Clean Elections) provides the tools voters need to cast an informed ballot, Read More

Tags: Arizona, Clean Elections, Candidates

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Judge: Douglas doesn't have the power to fire BOE staff
Tue, Jul 14, 2015Education
PHOENIX -- A judge has thrown out a bid by the state schools chief to control the employees of the Board of Education and move them into their own offices.

Tags: Arizona, Education, Superintend of Public Instruction

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New Court Challenge To Legislative Districts Sierra Vista Herald
Sat, Jul 4, 2015Redistricting
WASHINGTON — Just one day after it said the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was legal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear a challenge to the commission’s Statehouse district plans.The court agreed to hear a case brought by more than a dozen Arizona voters who accused the commission Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission

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McGuire announces exploratory committee for Congress
Thu, Jul 2, 2015US Congress
KEARNY — State Sen. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearny, announced Monday she is opening a committee to explore running for Congressional District 1.

Tags: Arizona, U.S. Congress, Senator Barbara McGuire

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Ducey Says He'll Consider Renaming Jefferson Davis Highway
Wed, Jul 1, 2015Pinal County
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey says he'll have the state transportation department review the name of a highway memorializing the Confederacy's president, Jefferson Davis. Ducey said Friday that he'd like to see those stretches of highway renamed after Arizonans. Rep. Reginald Bolding earlier this week called for a highway marker on Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Governor Doug Ducey, Jefferson Davis

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Injunction sought to stop CAC tax hike
Tue, Jun 30, 2015Education
FLORENCE — An injunction has been requested in Pinal County Superior Court in an effort to stop a 20 percent property tax increase approved by the Central Arizona College Governing Board from taking effect.In court documents filed Thursday, Garland Shreves is seeking a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order Read More

Tags: Arizona, Central Arizona Community Collage, Taxes

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Supreme Court strikes a blow for Arizona citizens
Mon, Jun 29, 2015Redistricting
By Laurie Roberts The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to gift the Arizona Republican Party with several new seats in Congress.The high court upheld the right of a citizen commission to draw congressional maps, rejecting Republican legislative leaders' opinion that only they (meaning the Legislature) can draw the lines.

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission

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Pinal property taxes likely to climb following split vote
Thu, Jun 4, 2015Pinal County
FLORENCE — The fat lady has not officially sung, but it appears a property tax increase in Pinal County is inevitable.A tentative budget of $421 million for Fiscal Year 2016 was passed by a 3-2 vote of the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Wednesday. That tentative budget includes Read More

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Property taxes

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