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Pinal board opposed to ‘county islands’

Posted by   /  December 15, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jake Kincaid | SAn Tan Valley Sentinel Although unclear on the legal specifics of the creation of “county islands,” the Pinal County Board of Supervisors is undoubtedly opposed to their creation. That became clear Wednesday when Supervisor Mike Goodman attempted to bring some constituents’ long-voiced concerns about their ability to opt out of the […]

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Montgomery drops challenge to Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act; Laura A. Bianchi, partner and director, Rose Law Group Cannabis Department, applauds decision

Posted by   /  December 15, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Medical Marijuana  /  No Comments

By Arizona Daily Independent Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has decided not to continue challenging the most recent ruling upholding Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act, as the deadline of December 11 to seek review by the United States Supreme Court has passed. In 2016, the Arizona Court of Appeals found in favor of a Sun City […]

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No longer a tech nerd debate, FCC drives the internet in the fast lane

Posted by   /  December 15, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

The regulatory rollback won’t change things for Americans, proponents say By Margaret Haring McGil | POLITICO The repeal of net neutrality ushers in a new chapter of the internet that could eventually transform the way Americans communicate, shop and consume information online. The Federal Communications Commission’s party-line vote Thursday to dump the Obama-era rules, which […]

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DiCiccio sets off an alarm about proposed Phoenix budget, calls for lower light- rail spending

Posted by   /  December 15, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Ahwatukee Foothills News City Councilman Sal DiCiccio has warned that Phoenix residents could see significant property and other tax increases – or face service cuts – in the budget being prepared for the 2018-19 fiscal year that begins July 1 and has called for a curtailment in light-rail expansion plans. The warning came after a […]

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Political pandemonium in the works in rush to fill vacated congressional seat

Posted by   /  December 15, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times The resignation of U.S. Rep. Trent Franks has set off a flurry of political activity as Republicans clamor to gauge if they stand a chance of winning a seat in the staunchly conservative 8th Congressional District. Those political maneuvers have impacts at the state Capitol, immediate and long […]

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Training on harassment at Prescott City Hall

Posted by   /  December 14, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Attorney cautions council members against ‘unwelcome conduct’ By Cindy Barks | The Daily Courier With new sexual harassment claims coming to light nationally on a sometimes-daily basis, the City of Prescott has taken note. During the orientation of newly seated City Council members on Tuesday, Dec. 12, City Attorney Jon Paladini conducted a tutorial on […]

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‘Normal side effects’ from cancer treatment hospitalize McCain

Posted by   /  December 13, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

Sen. John McCain has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center where he’s being treated for “normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy,” according to a statement Wednesday from his office, reports The Arizona Republic. McCain, who missed votes on Monday and Tuesday, will return to work in the U.S. Senate “as soon as […]

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As expected, Lovas further crowds the run for Trent Franks’ seat

Posted by   /  December 13, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

KTAR.com Add former Arizona Rep. Phil Lovas to the list of candidates hoping to replace U.S. Rep. Trent Franks in a special election next year. Lovas, who resigned his post in the Trump administration earlier this week, made his announcement Wednesday on social media. He joined former state Congressman Bob Stump and state Sen. Steve […]

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Privately funded border wall hits a wall

Posted by   /  December 12, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

A bid to build a privately financed border wall ended after six years with a whimper and some hunting cameras, but no actual wall, Arizona Capitol Times and Yellow Sheet Report said Tuesday. The Joint Border Security Advisory Committee began in 2011 as a panel of lawmakers and law enforcement officials tasked with spending money […]

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A CHIP off Trump’s block: Children’s health funded until Dec. 22

Posted by   /  December 12, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

Arizona received redistribution money in October to keep CHIP program funded By Mattie Quinn The bill signed by President Trump helps states keep the Children’s Health Insurance Program afloat, but it doesn’t offer any reassurance that kids won’t lose their health care in 2018. The future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is still […]

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