-Fence fundraising: Maricopa resident Smith driving force of border
Fri, Jul 29, 2011Immigration
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.

Tags: Arizona, LD23, Steve Smith, Border fence

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-Committee exploring union of Arizona school districts
Thu, Jul 28, 2011Education
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.

Tags: Arizona, School Districts, LD23, Johm Filmore

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Varela, supporters kick off campaign for Arizona House
Thu, Jun 17, 2010Election 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 Read More

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

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Arizona lawmaker pushes for jobless aid for students
Sun, Apr 4, 2010AZ 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," Read More

Tags: Barbara McGuire, LD23, Unemployment benefits

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Varela to run for Legislature in LD23
Tue, Mar 16, 2010AZ 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.

Tags: Ralph Varela, Arizona LD23

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Lightbulb bill aimed at asserting state rights
Sun, Feb 21, 2010AZ 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 Read More

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

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Arizona voters to decide if affirmative action should end
Tue, Jun 23, 2009Civil 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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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, 2009Education
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.

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

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