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-Fence fundraising: Maricopa resident Smith driving force of border

Fri, Jul 29, 2011

Immigration

CASA GRANDE — Arizona launched a fundraising website last week to build fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, a newly authorized project that supporters said is needed to close gaps exploited by smugglers and illegal immigrants.

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Tags: Arizona, LD23, Steve Smith, Border fence

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-Committee exploring union of Arizona school districts

Thu, Jul 28, 2011

Education

The Arizona RepublicState-mandated unification and consolidation of school districts in the past has not fared well with wary Arizona voters.School districts have been concerned about losing local control, teachers and their identities if merged with each other.

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Tags: Arizona, School Districts, LD23, Johm Filmore

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Varela, supporters kick off campaign for Arizona House

Thu, Jun 17, 2010

Election 2010

Tri-Valley DispatchBy Alan LevineStaff Writer Former Casa Grande City Councilman Ralph Varela and his family hosted a gathering of friends and colleagues Thursday to boost his candidacy for the Arizona House of Representatives.The campaign kick-off was held in the Blue Matador Ball Room at Eva’s Fine Mexican Food restaurant.Varela is vying

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Tags: Ralph Valera, LD23, Barbara McGuire, Ernest Bustamante, Democrats

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Arizona lawmaker pushes for jobless aid for students

Sun, Apr 4, 2010

AZ Legislature

Arizona RepublicBy Ryan Van Velzer With so many people working and going to school full-time, it's difficult to see why anyone in this position would be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits, a state lawmaker says."It is not acceptable to discriminate against students who are trying to better themselves through education,"

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Tags: Barbara McGuire, LD23, Unemployment benefits

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Varela to run for Legislature in LD23

Tue, Mar 16, 2010

AZ Legislature

Casa Grande DispatchBy Harold Kitching, Staff WriterCity Councilman Ralph Varela on Monday is expected to resign to run for the Arizona House of Representatives in the Democratic primary, triggering a replacement process mandated by the Casa Grande City Charter.

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Tags: Ralph Varela, Arizona LD23

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Lightbulb bill aimed at asserting state rights

Sun, Feb 21, 2010

AZ Legislature

Arizona RepublicBy Mary Jo Pitzl Frank Antenori's idea is as bright as a 100-watt lightbulb.And it's lighting up conversations at the Capitol over states' rights and the role of the federal government. In proposing that Arizona become the national epicenter of incandescent-lightbulb manufacturing, the Tucson Republican hopes to provoke a fight

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Tags: Light bulbs, States rights, Frank Pratt, LD23

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Arizona voters to decide if affirmative action should end

Tue, Jun 23, 2009

Civil Rights

St. Louis Post DispatchBy Steve ParkerThe Associated Press is reporting that “Arizonans will vote next year on a proposed state constitutional amendment to generally prohibit state and local governments from discrimination and preferential treatment based on race, ethnicity and sex.” AP’s Paul Davenport reports: The proposed constitutional amendment does not

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Tags: Arizona, Constitutional amendment, Affirmative action, Rebecca Rios, LD23, Arizona State Senate

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AZ legislators discuss budget woes with Toltec parents, staff

Thu, Apr 30, 2009

Budget

Arizona City IndependentBy Kayne Crison, EditorRepresentative Frank Pratt and Senator Rebecca Rios met with a sizeable crowd of Toltec parents, staff, teachers and Governing Board members last week to discuss State Budget woes and anticipated cuts that will likely fall hardest on the state's education system.District 23 legislators Representative Frank

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Tags: Rebecca Rios, , LD23, Arizona Legislature, 2010 Arizona State Budget

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Recession's effect on Pinal Dark clouds and silver linings reported

Fri, Apr 3, 2009

Budget

Casa Grande DispatchBy Melissa St. AudeAcross Pinal County, revenues are down, budgets are tight and the needs of vulnerable residents are high, but while some see potential signs of improvement, others fear that the worst is yet to come. The United Way of Pinal County hosted a strategic crisis meeting

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Tags: Rebecca Rios, , LD23, Arizona Legislature, 2010 Arizona State Budget

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Democratic legislators slate budget hearing in Casa Grande

Sun, Jan 25, 2009

Education

Arizona Republicby Lindsey CollomState Democratic lawmakers have chosen Casa Grande as the site of their first effort to offer Arizona residents a public forum to discuss the Legislature's proposed spending cuts. The hearing Monday will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Casa Grande Middle School, 300 W. McMurray Blvd., in Casa Grande.

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Tags: Rebecca Rios, Barbara McGuire, LD23, Arizona Legislature, Arizona Schools

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