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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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Democrats Drive for 5: An Early Overview of 2016 U.S. Senate Races

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

US Congress

Control of the U.S. Senate is a big and achievable goal for both parties this November. The stakes are high, no matter who wins the presidential race, with the power to control Judicial and Executive branch confirmation votes and to determine rules governing filibusters being the most obvious. If either

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Tags: Arizona, U.S. Congress, U.S. Senate, Ann Kirkpatrick

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AZ Lawmakers Move To Repeal Two Controversial Abortion Laws, Sort Of

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

AZ Legislature

State lawmakers are moving to repeal two controversial abortion laws-- sort of. One action rescinds a law signed just last month by Gov. Doug Ducey which allow medication abortions only through the first seven weeks of pregnancy. Proponents said that conformed with Food and Drug Administration labeling of the abortion drug

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Abortion Laws

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Supreme Court upholds redrawing of Arizona’s legislative districts

Wed, Apr 20, 2016

AZ Legislature

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the boundaries of Arizona’s legislative districts Wednesday, saying the commission that drew the districts had legitimate reasons for putting more voters in some districts than in others. A group of voters had argued that the districts drawn in 2012 by the Arizona Independent Redistricting

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Tags: Arizona, Supreme Court, Redistricting

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Arizona citizens deserve better

Thu, Mar 24, 2016

Election 2016

Letter to the Editor  "On the first day of the current session of the Arizona Legislature, I read Sen. Steve Smith’s letter in the Casa Grande Dispatch letting us know that the “voters are his boss.” If you’ve paid any attention to what’s gone on in the state Legislature since that

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Casa Grande, Letter to the Editor, Ralph Atchue

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Bill that would allow a San Tan Valley city advances

Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- San Tan Valley is one step closer to being able to incorporate.And possibly some other communities, too.Without debate, the Senate gave preliminary approval Wednesday to legislation carving out a new exception to laws on how and when cities can form. HB 2384 needs a final roll-call before going

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Incorporation

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Editorial: Sheriff’s race heats up

Mon, Mar 14, 2016

Election 2016

The Pinal County sheriff’s race this year is getting more lively with the addition of another Democratic candidate, former longtime department member Kaye Dickson. She later was the county’s animal control director and did that same job in Ohio before returning to run.Sheriff Paul Babeu is making a run for

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, County Sheriff

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ELECTION 2016: Dickson returns to Arizona, enters race

Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Election 2016

CASA GRANDE — A veteran with more than three decades of experience at the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has returned to Arizona to seek that department’s top job, shaking up the race.Kaye Dickson, who left Arizona for Columbus, Ohio, last spring to head Franklin County Animal Care and Control, has

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Pinal County Sheriff

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Goldwater echoes ACLU’s concerns with Pinal RICO funds

Wed, Mar 2, 2016

Election 2016

FLORENCE — The Goldwater Institute, a prominent conservative think tank based in Phoenix, wants a closer look at how Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu is using seized criminal money.Babeu, a Republican running for an open seat in Arizona’s Congressional District 1, has drawn attention in the past for how the

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, County Sheriff, Congressional District 1

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Pinal County’s financial condition has stablized

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Pinal County’s general fund budget has taken dramatic hits in the last couple of years, but a presentation given to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 17 provided cautious optimism.The good news is the county is projected to operate with an estimated 1 percent surplus for the remainder

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Budget

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