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McCain predicts more ties between Russia and Trump campaign will be uncovered

Posted by   /  March 28, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

KTAR U.S. Sen. John McCain said he expects an investigation will uncover more ties between Russian officials and President Donald Trump’s campaign. “One thing I can predict to you unequivocally, there will be more coming out,” McCain told CBS News on Tuesday. But it will likely take time for those ties to be found. The […]

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Federal budget would cut critical programs in Eloy

Posted by   /  March 28, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Tanner Clinch | Pinal Central New federal government budget proposals set forth by the Trump administration could hit Eloy especially hard. The budget would create dramatic cuts to after-school program funding as well as a loss of revenue for infrastructure and housing projects in Eloy, city and school officials say. Of the many programs […]

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What’s being done to improve Arizona’s infrastructure

Posted by   /  March 27, 2017  /  Economy, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Real Estate, Transportation, Water  /  No Comments

AzBigMedia Arizona’s infrastructure is the subject of significant debate this legislative session. While infrastructure can be defined in many ways, it is essential for the efficient movement of people, goods and elections. Last fall, a citizen task force studied the issue of transportation funding. Their efforts resulted in several pieces of legislation considered by the […]

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Late-arriving bill aims to tighten Arizona ballot-initiative rules even more

Posted by   /  March 27, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Mary Jo Pitzl | The Republic When Gov. Doug Ducey last week signed a bill that will make citizen initiatives more difficult, opponents said they weren’t done fighting. Neither, apparently, are those who want to tighten rules for placing initiatives on the ballot. A new bill on a fast track for passage in the […]

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Spring thaw: Ducey proposes 97 new state jobs to end hiring freeze

Posted by   /  March 27, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Hank Stephenson | Arizona Capitol Times Republican Rep. Anthony Kern recently asked the Legislature’s budget gurus to go through Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal and tally up all the new government positions the governor wants to fund. Kern was astounded with what they found. Also: Gov. Doug Ducey signs tax cut for airlines, at […]

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Controversy over large-scale water pumping by foreign-owned farms reaches Arizona Capitol; Rose Law Group land use and water attorney Thomas Galvin testifies

Posted by   /  March 27, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Water  /  No Comments

By Isaac Windes | Arizona Capitol Times Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte Farms. A bill requiring the collection of data, such as the water levels of basins and the number of wells in northwestern Arizona, isn’t going anywhere at the state Capitol, but it’s having an impact anyway. Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Fondomonte Farms. […]

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HUD cuts: Goodbye affordable housing in Arizona?

Posted by   /  March 26, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Catherine Reagor | The Republic President Trump’s proposed cuts to HUD will do away with the programs that have backed hundreds of affordable homes in Arizona A few years ago, I met a resident of Tempe’s Apache ASL Trails apartments built for deaf senior citizens. Using sign language and an interpreter, she told me […]

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Pharma company that spent $500,000 trying to keep pot illegal in Arizona just got DEA approval for synthetic marijuana

Posted by   /  March 26, 2017  /  Featured News, Government and Politics, Health Care, Marijuana  /  No Comments

By Christopher Ingraham | The Washington Post Insys Therapeutics, a pharmaceutical company that was one of the chief financial backers of the opposition to marijuana legalization in Arizona last year, received preliminary approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration this week for Syndros, a synthetic marijuana drug. Related: Arizona-based drug manufacturer involved in prescription drug scandal […]

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State disputing local control of fringe benefits

Posted by   /  March 26, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking a judge to rule that the word “benefits” in a voter-approved measure is not the same as “fringe benefits.” And the goal of this judicial war of words is a bid by Brnovich to block local governments from telling […]

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Republicans Biggs, Gosar help sink ‘Obamacare’ repeal

Posted by   /  March 25, 2017  /  Featured News, Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

By Ronald J. Hansen |The Republic At least two Arizona Republicans joined the state’s four Democrats in the U.S. House to help torpedo the GOP’s health-care plan Friday in a move that seemingly ends efforts to reshape the nation’s health-care system. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act without a vote as […]

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