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[OP-ED] The solution to border disorder

A small fence separates densely-populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol's San Diego Sector.

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By Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick The Wall Street Journal In recent months, tens of thousands of young Central American refugees have illegally poured across the U.S-Mexico border. It is the latest consequence of the failure of President Obama and Congress to overhaul America’s broken immigration system. This is not a new phenomenon. A recent [...]

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Eloy mayoral, council candidates

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The Eloy Enterprise Mayor Why is it a good idea to vote for you? What useful experience, knowledge or perspective do you bring? Continued:  Council Continued: Related: Incumbent Hoffman hopes experience leads to reelection in Maricopa 

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New contracts, raises for Florence manager, town attorney

Florence Town Manager Charles Montoya

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By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder Town Manager Charles A. Montoya received a new three-year contract with the town of Florence, and Town Attorney James E. Mannato received a new one-year contract at Monday’s Town Council meeting. Montoya’s contract provides an annual salary of $130,000. Instead of a vehicle allowance, he will have use of [...]

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New city manager sees Surprise as ‘this beautiful canvas’

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By Richard Smith | Daily News Sun A corporate executive or hotel guest with a view of mostly barren desert from a fourth-floor window will often greet the vista with a shrug or a grumble. But for Surprise City Manager Bob Wingenroth, it’s the ideal daily vista. Those acres of undeveloped land surrounding City Hall [...]

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The right to a speedy death: From the Rose Law Group Reporter Growlery

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By Phil Riske, managing editor You’ve probably heard someone say at one time or another, “When I go, I want to go quickly.” When I learned a lawmaker in my home state of Wyoming had proposed returning to the days when executions were carried out by firing squad, I thought how barbaric, how regressive can [...]

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Rose Law Group Health Care and Employment Law Attorney David Weissman provides perspective on conflicting Obama Care rulings

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The legal battle over President Obama’s healthcare law ramped up again Tuesday, as two federal appeals courts handed down conflicting rulings on whether the government can continue to pay subsidies nationwide to millions of low- and middle-income people to help them with the cost of insurance. The split decisions on a central element of the [...]

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Sources say Grupo Mexico near deal to buy Arizona’s Silver Bell copper mine

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Information from The Wall Street Journal Grupo Mexico, one of the world’s largest copper producers, is nearing a deal to acquire Mitsui 8031.TO -0.30%  & Co.’s 25% stake in the Silver Bell copper mine in Arizona for about $120 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, if it proceeds, would give Grupo [...]

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Glendale mayor wants AG to investigate ‘poker’ game played by council members

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By Peter Corbett, The Republic | azcentral.com Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers is asking the Arizona Attorney General to investigate a meeting between City Council members and an attorney for the Arizona Coyotes last June, just days before the council approved a $225 million agreement with the team. Weiers said the meeting violated the Arizona Open [...]

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Mixed Messages: New home sales slide in June

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REUTERS Sales of new U.S. single-family homes fell sharply in June and the prior month’s data was revised to show less robust growth, suggesting the housing market would struggle to regain momentum. The Commerce Department said on Thursday that sales dropped 8.1 percent, the largest decline since July 2013, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate [...]

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[SURVEY RESULTS] If you could substantively influence the Real Estate portion of the economy by “suggesting a fix,” what is the single most important change you would recommend to improve performance market-wide?

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This is a word cloud of the comments to the question “If you could substantively influence the Real Estate portion of the economy….” Font size represents frequency of use of each phrase.

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Capstone Collegiate Communities received approval from Tempe Council and subsequently closed on land targeted for 159 student housing units

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By: Daniel Benson; Belfiore Real Estate Consulting Capstone Collegiate Communities (CCC) is moving forward with its 159 unit ‘Capstone Cottages’ student housing community located near ASU’s main campus in Tempe.  After CCC initially received site plan approval from the Tempe Development Review Commission on April 21, 2014, a Tempe Neighborhood Association filed a formal appeal [...]

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Accusations arise in Magic Ranch annexation proposal

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By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder As the town hopes get the final signatures it needs to wrap up two major annexations that will add more than 4,000 people to the town limits, some Magic Ranch residents are asking that their signatures come off the petition. An opposition group has emerged in Magic Ranch to [...]

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Fannie says modest housing recovery will continue

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By Jann Swanson | Mortgage News Daily The theme for the economy and the housing market’s in 2014 has been set for months; the economy will continue to slowly strengthen; the modest recovery in housing will be sustained. Each monthly or quarterly report or round of economic analysis seems to merely join the chorus. Fannie [...]

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A tipping point for apartment development

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By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal The current wave of new apartments may have crested but there are so many units already in the pipeline that high tide of multifamily construction will continue for some time. Brian Smuckler, senior vice president and multifamily real estate expert with CBRE Group Inc., said if apartment developers [...]

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We were ‘lied’ to about Glendale casino, tribe tells Senate hearing

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos told the Senate committee that her tribe believs the Tohono O'odham plan for a Glendale casino breaks the promise between tribes and the state that was made in the voter-approved 2002 gaming compact.

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By Julianne DeFilipps | Cronkite News WASHINGTON – Tohono O’odham leaders “looked us in the face and lied” about their plans for a Glendale casino, and Congress needs to step in and stop it, opponents of the project told a Senate committee Wednesday. “They broke faith with us and the voters of Arizona,” said Diane [...]

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Phoenix foreclosure rates falling, but still rank high

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By Mike Sunnucks | Phoenix Business Journal Phoenix ranked fifth nationwide for foreclosures among major U.S. markets between May 2013 and May 2014, according to new data from the CoreLogic real estate research firm. The Valley had more than 9,700 foreclosure during the 12-month period, trailing only Atlanta, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida, Orlando and Chicago. Continued:

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Security Properties venture pays $30 million to buy 388-unit apartment complex in Mesa

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Business Real Estate Weekly by Rose Law Group Mesa – Sonora Canyon Venture LLC, a company formed by Security Properties Inc. in Seattle, Wash. (John Orehek, CEO), paid $30 million ($77,320 per unit) to buy the 388-unit Sonora Canyon apartments located at 265 N. Gilbert Road in Mesa. The seller was LSREF2 Oreo (Direct) LLC, [...]

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Heitman buys Camelback Road apartments for $276,852 per unit…sets record

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Business Real Estate Weekly by Rose Law Group Phoenix – Heitman America Real Estate Trust (HART) in Chicago, Ill. paid $74.75 million ($276,852 per unit) to acquire the 270-unit Broadstone Camelback apartments located in the Biltmore area of Phoenix. The purchase price is believed to be the highest dollar amount per unit ever paid for [...]

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iStar files for zoning to expand partially developed Artesia project in Scottsdale

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Business Real Estate Weekly by Rose Law Group Scottsdale – After picking up the pieces and deciding to complete two broken multi-family projects in the Valley, iStar Residential hopes to do the same with the Artesia community in Scottsdale. In fact, the division of iStar Financial is so confident in the potential for the project, [...]

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TruAmerica/Guardian venture spends $35.4 Million for 254 apartments in Phoenix

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Phoenix – A venture formed by TruAmerica Multifamily in Sherman Oaks, Calif. (Robert Hart, pres.) and The Guardian Life Insurance Co. of America in New York City, N.Y. paid $35.4 million ($139,370 per unit) to buy the 254-unit Avenue 25 apartments at 18250 N. 25th Avenue in Phoenix. The seller was Retreat at Union Hills [...]

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Student housing project at ASU sold to TIC group for $38.7 million

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Business Real Estate Weekly by Rose Law Group Tempe – Three tenant-in-common entities paid $38.7 million ($172,000 per unit) to acquire the 225-unit Block 1949 student housing project at ASU. The new owners of the 640-bed complex just east of Arizona State University at 1949 E. University Drive in Tempe have renamed the project Regents [...]

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Trammell Crow developing 200,000 square foot spec office project in Chandler

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Business Real Estate Weekly by Rose Law Group Chandler – Trammell Crow Co. in Scottsdale (Jim Mahoney, Cathy Thuringer, principals) plans to develop 200,000 sq. ft. of spec office space within the Chandler Airport Center located along the south side of the 202 Loop (San Tan Freeway) and just east of Cooper Road in Chandler. [...]

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TA Associates spends $75.45 million for 564 apartments in two valley projects

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Business Real Estate Weekly by Rose Law Group Chandler/Phoenix – A limited partnership formed by TA Associates Realty in Boston, Mass. paid $75.45 million ($133,77 per unit blended price) to buy 564 apartment units in projects located in Chandler and Phoenix. The real estate investment advisor acquired the multi-family communities in two cash transactions. The [...]

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Trammell Crow developing spec industrial project in Deer Valley

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Business Real Estate Weekly by Rose Law Group Phoenix – A joint venture formed by Trammell Crow Co in Scottsdale (Jim Mahoney, Cathy Thuringer, principals) plans to develop 219,521 sq. ft. of general industrial space within the Spectrum Ridge at Deer Valley commerce park in north Phoenix. Trammell Crow will develop the spec project in [...]

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[OP-ED] The solution to border disorder

A small fence separates densely-populated Tijuana, Mexico, right, from the United States in the Border Patrol's San Diego Sector.

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By Jeb Bush and Clint Bolick The Wall Street Journal In recent months, tens of thousands of young Central American refugees have illegally poured across the U.S-Mexico border. It is the latest consequence of the failure of President Obama and Congress to overhaul America’s broken immigration system. This is not a new phenomenon. A recent [...]

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Court rules state law intended for only one county is unconstitutional

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/East Valley Tribune The Arizona Court of Appeals late Wednesday trimmed the ability of state lawmakers to create special laws that are clearly designed to affect only one county or city. In a unanimous decision, the judges threw out a 2010 law that required counties of more than 3 [...]

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Governor candidates stunned by botched execution, but support death penalty

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By Alia Beard Rau | The Republic | azcentral Five Arizona GOP governor candidates reacted with stunned emotion Wednesday to news that the execution of convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood took two hours. But neither they, nor Democrat candidate Fred DuVal, went so far as to suggest the state should eliminate the death penalty. The [...]

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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“I don’t think he’s going to die.” ~ Michael Kiefer, Arizona Republic reporter who witnessed the execution Wednesday of Joseph Wood. His remark came more than an hour after lethal drugs had been injected into the inmate.

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Eloy mayoral, council candidates

candidate-profiles

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The Eloy Enterprise Mayor Why is it a good idea to vote for you? What useful experience, knowledge or perspective do you bring? Continued:  Council Continued: Related: Incumbent Hoffman hopes experience leads to reelection in Maricopa 

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New contracts, raises for Florence manager, town attorney

Florence Town Manager Charles Montoya

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By Mark Cowling | Florence Reminder Town Manager Charles A. Montoya received a new three-year contract with the town of Florence, and Town Attorney James E. Mannato received a new one-year contract at Monday’s Town Council meeting. Montoya’s contract provides an annual salary of $130,000. Instead of a vehicle allowance, he will have use of [...]

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New city manager sees Surprise as ‘this beautiful canvas’

Welcome AZ Surprise 2009 WBlog

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By Richard Smith | Daily News Sun A corporate executive or hotel guest with a view of mostly barren desert from a fourth-floor window will often greet the vista with a shrug or a grumble. But for Surprise City Manager Bob Wingenroth, it’s the ideal daily vista. Those acres of undeveloped land surrounding City Hall [...]

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Neighbors not flying with proposed skydiving business

Cessna 208 Caravan, a typical skydiving airplane.

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The adrenaline rush of jumping out of a plane and soaring through the sky could soon be available near Maricopa, but not if some area residents have anything to say about it. Wednesday’s meeting of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors included discussion on a comprehensive plan amendment requested by the applicant, Steve Zobro of [...]

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Inside Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Will – Laura Bianchi, Chair of Rose Law Group Trust & Estates Department, applauds his planning

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E! News Philip Seymour Hoffman had amassed quite the estate after 25 years in the business and when he died tragically on Feb. 2 of a heroin overdose, he had his estate in order per his exact wishes. According to probate documents filed in New York City and obtained Monday by E! News, Hoffman had [...]

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Jewel and husband Ty Murray calling it quits after 6 years of marriage – Kaine Fisher, Chairman of Rose Law Group Family Law Department thinks the pair is setting an example

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Country star Jewel and husband of six years Ty Murray are calling it quits, the singer announced on her website Wednesday. Jewel wrote, “My husband, friend and partner of 16 years and I have decided to get a divorce.” The couple, who dated 10 years before tying the knot in 2008, say they will part [...]

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Report: State gets an F for its ‘family-friendly’ workplace policies

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By Miranda Rivers | Cronkite News Thirty-eight weeks pregnant and on bed-rest with her fifth child, Glendale resident Angela Warren has to rely on her other four children to help run the household. Her husband, Matt, can’t break away from his full-time job right now – and their budget can’t take the hit of losing [...]

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Idina Menzel talks candidly about dating after divorce – Rose Law Group Chairman of Family Law Department Kaine Fisher weighs in

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The Huffington Post  | By Taryn Hillin Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs called it quits on their 10-year marriage last December, and now the Broadway star is opening up about navigating the dating world as a single mom. “It all sucks,” Menzel told “Valentine in the Morning” on his radio show Monday. “I don’t want [...]

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Casey Kasem judge reverses ruling: Host’s feeding, hydration can stop – another reason to ensure you have a complete and effective estate plan says Rose Law Group Corporate and Estate Planning Attorney Laura Bianchi

Casey Kasem

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Los Angeles Times By Nardine Saad A judge upheld Casey Kasem’s health directive to stop the radio legend’s nutrition and hydration during an ex parte hearing held Wednesday in Los Angeles. The move by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy reverses a decision he’d handed down Monday ordering the continued feeding and hydration [...]

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Randy Houser and Jessa Lee Yantz divorce drama; Kaine Fisher, Chairman of Rose Law Group Family Law Department, comments to Arizona Foothills Magazine

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Since it was announced on People.com May 15 that country singer Randy Houser and his wife Jessa Lee Yantz have decided to end their marriage, it’s safe to say the couple is in the midst of their own negotiations and disagreements. Even so, things were kicked up a notch May 16 when Houser filed a [...]

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Missouri law could affect Sam NFL draft; Law similar to Arizona’s, says Rose Law Group Employment Attorney David Weissman

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  By Christina Coleman, USA TODAY The Rams’ decision to draft Michael Sam could actually have huge legal implications for gay couples and employees across the state of Missouri. The Rams drafting Sam has raised some deeper issues about openly gay athletes in sports and in the workplace in general. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) posted [...]

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Disbarred attorney: Law should permit marriage to animals, whatever; ‘outrageous,’ says Kaine Fisher, Chairman of Rose Law Group Family Law Department

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Capitol Times Supporters and foes of a same-sex marriage lawsuit playing out in federal court here finally found a point of agreement: They don’t want the case expanded to decide if there’s a constitutional right to marry an inanimate object. Attorneys for both sides filed a joint motion [...]

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The coal-hard facts with Tucson Electric Power

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By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star A deal that was in the works for months is now official: The last coal-fired unit at Tucson Electric Power’s south-side power plant will run totally on natural gas by the end of 2017. But plans are much murkier for the short-term use of coal vs. gas at [...]

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More Arizonans divorcing auto travel, traveling lite

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By Travis Arbon | Arizona Capitol Times Arizonans have been driving less, walking more and riding public transit in high numbers in recent years, according to a report issued by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. The Bikes, Trains and Less Driving report documents a 10.5 percent decline in yearly vehicle miles traveled per capita in [...]

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GTM Research maps the new residential finance landscape

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By Nicole Litvak | Greentech Media July 21, 2014 Last month GTM Research published its latest report on residential solar financing.  As part of that update on the leaders and trends in the industry, we outlined the top (and emerging) finance providers in the market. We changed the format and companies included in this taxonomy [...]

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Sources say Grupo Mexico near deal to buy Arizona’s Silver Bell copper mine

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Information from The Wall Street Journal Grupo Mexico, one of the world’s largest copper producers, is nearing a deal to acquire Mitsui 8031.TO -0.30%  & Co.’s 25% stake in the Silver Bell copper mine in Arizona for about $120 million, according to people familiar with the matter. The deal, if it proceeds, would give Grupo [...]

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Barry Goldwater says Arizonans should pay special attention to Corporation Commission election

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By Barry Goldwater Jr | Arizona Capitol Times I’ve been around Arizona Republican politics for quite a while. As always, the stakes in the upcoming primary election for our party are significant. Will we succeed in electing a GOP successor to Jan Brewer? Will we succeed with other statewide races, including the Attorney General’s Office? [...]

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Tempe intends to have more renewable energy than state standard

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By Nancy Puffer, Special for The Republic Green is good for cities, not only in their coffers but also in their energy use. Tempe hopes to grow greener with a new City Council-approved goal of 20 percent of city property using renewable energy by 2025. That goes beyond the state’s renewable-energy standard of 15 percent. [...]

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Corporation Commission candidates claim ‘dark-money’ libel, threaten lawsuit

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By Evan Wyloge | Arizona Capitol Times Vernon Parker, Republicans hoping to fill two vacant seats on the state’s energy and water regulating commission, say they have been libeled by a local anti-taxation group that sent a secretly funded campaign mailer slamming them and lauding two other Republican candidates. Mason and Parker explain in a [...]

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$3.5 million from Ruins tourism in Coolidge area

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Tourism at Casa Grande Ruins at Coolidge resulted in spending of more than $3.5M in surrounding communities, reports a new study released Friday by the National Park Service. Additionally, the popular tourist attraction, which hosted more than 65,000 visitors last year, helped support more than 51 jobs in the local area. The Park Service says [...]

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UA refusing to rehire Sisley despite threat to pull funding

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star The head of the organization offering to fund a study on medical marijuana at the University of Arizona said he would pull the cash unless the school restores fired doctor and researcher Suzanne Sisley to the staff and the project. Rick Doblin said Tuesday he rejected [...]

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Iraq vet starts petition to reinstate medical marijuana research, Dr. Sisely

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Change.org Dr. Suzanne Sisley, a faculty member and researcher at the University of Arizona, was informed that her positions would not be renewed last month, likely a result of her federally approved research into the treatment of PTSD with medical marijuana. As an Iraq War veteran diagnosed with PTSD and a proud University of Arizona [...]

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Lack of commas in law leads to unusual medical marijuana ruling

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By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times Arizona’s medical-marijuana law is so vague, the state can’t prosecute patients who sell pot to other patients, a Pima County Superior Court judge has ruled. The offbeat, July 2 ruling and dismissal of a criminal case by Judge Richard Fields has the potential to open up all sorts [...]

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Political Insider: I’m too sexy for my shirt – Rose Law Group Senior Partner Court Rich’s tweet featured

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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, Mary Jo Pitzl and Alia Beard Rau | The Republic I’m too sexy for my shirt … The biggest splash of Republican gov candidate Frank Riggs’ campaign wasn’t the announcement of his candidacy or the endorsement he snagged from former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. What had tongues wagging? His muscular torso. His [...]

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AZ Talk: Should officials keep fighting legalized pot?

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The Arizona Republic AZ Talk brings you a cross-section of opinion from your fellow Arizonans, young and old, male and female, working class and white collar. TODAY’S QUESTION: Do you agree with Arizona law-enforcement officials who oppose legalizing marijuana? Continued:

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[COLUMN] Legalize pot, tax it to help schools

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By Linda Valdez, columnist | azcentral.com (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are posted only for purposes of discussion.) Legalizing marijuana in Arizona is the solution to school funding problems that aren’t likely to go away anytime soon. A Superior Court judge says the state owes K-12 schools $317 million — and the tab could go higher [...]

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Marijuana researcher appeals firing; next step court

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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services/Arizona Daily Star A University of Arizona doctor and researcher who was given her walking papers last month is not going quietly. Suzanne Sisley has filed a formal appeal of the decision by the school to terminate her from three separate positions. She contends decisions not to renew her [...]

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Rose Law Group Reporter’s Top 10 Items Seen Floating Down Phoenix Streets After Sunday’s Downpour

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10. Brandon McCarthy autographed baseball 9. Several $5 bills that could have gone to Al Melvin 8. Draft of news release from Mayor Greg Stanton announcing the Republican National Committee has selected Phoenix for its national convention 7. Jodi Arias jailhouse painting of Juan Martinez 6. Misprinted Starsucks cups 5. FedEx package addressed to Sen. [...]

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