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Game-playing at legislative carnival
Fri, May 2, 2014AZ Legislature
They call the end of the Arizona legislative session the "Sine Die," a fancy Latin word for "without day" or indefinitely.A more accurate description would be that the carnival has packed up and left town. On the last day the legislators are like a gaggle of giddy fifth-graders who've had Read More

Tags: Arizona, Election 2014, Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Governor Jan Brewer

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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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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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Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Allow Them To Break Any Law
Sat, Jan 18, 2014AZ Legislature
OPINION on Arizona SB 1062It is beyond dispute that throughout world history most of the atrocities on the human race were committed in the name of religion whether it was the Holocaust, Crusades, Inquisition, witch hunts, or near extermination of aboriginal people by Christian imperialists. Conservatives and their Republican facilitators Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republicans, SB 1062

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Arizona legislators can shine light on dark money. But will they?
Fri, Jan 10, 2014Election 2014
In 2012, Americans for Responsible Leadership spent $1.5 million to kill a pair of ballot propositions that would have raised taxes for schools and changed the way we elect our leaders.

Tags: Arizona, Dark Money, Special Interests, Arizona Legislature, Lauie Roberts

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Election law targets Democrats, favors Republican votes
Tue, Jul 2, 2013AZ Legislature
By Luis Heredia My TurnRespect.Arizona Democrats have earned it. However, Gov. Jan Brewer and her political operatives have once again abused their power to marginalize Democrats. Signing House Bill 2305, which is designed to bolster the Republican Party’s advantage in the 2014 election, is the latest example.The victories of the Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona legislature, Democrats, Republicans, Jan Brewer

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Deal with the devil? Democrats question tactic colleague used to get her bills passed
Tue, Jul 2, 2013AZ Legislature
The Arizona Senate is no easy place to be in the minority.Few bills sponsored by Democrats are ever heard in committees, let alone the Senate floor, so it’s rare for a Democratic senator to have a bill approved by the bulk of the chamber. It’s even rarer for a Democratic Read More

Tags: Arizona, Arizona legislature, Senator Barbara McGuire, LD8

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Pinal Legislators split on Medicaid: Pinal’s Shope, Pratt two of nine R's to back Brewer
Sat, Jun 15, 2013AZ Legislature
As two of nine House Republicans to vote in favor of the $8.8 billion state budget that passed early Thursday morning, District 8 Reps. T.J. Shope and Frank Pratt were not too popular with fellow GOP lawmakers later that day.“It’s not easy going against the majority in the caucus,” Shope Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Legislature, Budget, T.J. Shope, Frank Pratt

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$8.8B budget passes
Sat, Jun 15, 2013AZ Legislature
PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature embraced a signature component of President Barack Obama’s health care law Thursday after a drawn out battle that divided the state’s Republican leadership and saw GOP Gov. Jan Brewer work closely with Democratic lawmakers to expand Medicaid access.The Legislature passed Brewer’s $8.8 billion state budget Read More

Tags: Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, Arizona Legislature, Budget

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Arizona Republicans advance budget, Medicaid plan
Thu, Jun 13, 2013AZ Legislature
(AP) A newly formed coalition of Democrats and GOP moderates forced a state budget and Medicaid expansion proposal through the Arizona Senate and House during an hours-long debate that carried into early Thursday.

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