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How are Scottsdale developers building taller, denser buildings?

Posted by   /  February 28, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Parker Leavitt | The Republic At least a dozen Scottsdale development projects have taken advantage of a lesser-known provision in the city’s zoning code that allows taller buildings and greater density in exchange for public art and other improvements since the ordinance was adopted five years ago, records show. A seven-story office tower planned […]

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Head of police association says rioting bill won’t chill rights to protest

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

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The head of the Arizona Police Association is rejecting arguments that legislation to include rioting in racketeering and conspiracy statutes will chill the rights of Arizonans to protest. Levi Bolton told Capitol Media Services Monday he does not want changes to SB1142, which he […]

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Dear Governor Ducey: We don’t like these regulations

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

By Rachel Leingang | Arizona Capitol Times Mitch Levy runs a wine tasting room, Burning Tree Cellars, in Cottonwood. The 60-year-old disabled veteran opened the business nearly 10 years ago. But he’s facing an uncertain future because of some license regulation changes, so he sent Gov. Doug Ducey an email, hoping to find some relief. […]

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Chicago Airbnb on hold after Goldwater suit

Posted by   /  February 27, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

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Arizona attorney general abandons Bill Montgomery’s crusade against medical marijuana law

Posted by   /  February 26, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Marijuana  /  No Comments

By Ray Stern | Phoenix New Times Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery launched a fresh appeal this week in a lawsuit he believes could overturn the state’s medical-marijuana law. This time, though, his office will be going it alone. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has chosen to side with Arizona voters. On Tuesday, Montgomery filed […]

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Tax reform proposals could cause home ownership to wane

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

By Gabriela Rico | Arizona Daily Star Industry leaders fear if taxpayers don’t use the mortgage interest deductions, fewer people will want to buy a house and for sale signs will hang longer. While the local housing market is enjoying a recovery, tax reform proposals coming out of Washington are stoking fears about a damper […]

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Work on Trump’s border wall to begin near Tucson, 2 other locations

Posted by   /  February 26, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

By Michael Squires and Rafael Carranza | The Republic Work on the wall President Donald Trump has promised to erect along the nation’s 2,000-mile southwestern border will begin near Tucson, as well as El Paso, Texas, and El Centro, Calif., according to the Department of Homeland Security. Related: Arizona House wants cities to help in […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Republican lawmakers introduce bills to curb protesting in at least 18 states, including Arizona

Posted by   /  February 26, 2017  /  Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Christopher Ingraham | The Wall Street Journal ince the election of President Trump, Republican lawmakers in at least 18 states have introduced or voted on legislation to curb mass protests in what civil liberties experts are calling “an attack on protest rights throughout the states.” From Virginia to Washington state, legislators have introduced bills […]

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Can government employees criticize the government?

Posted by   /  February 25, 2017  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

They have fewer free-speech rights than private workers, but what counts as a fireable offense is debatable By Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene | Governing Can government employees be legally fired for criticizing the government? It’s a question that many federal workers are asking as they look for ways to express opposition to their new […]

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Paradise Valley Town Council appoints David Sherf to fill vacancy

Posted by   /  February 25, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Josh Martinez | Paradise Valley Independent In the wake of Maria Syms’ departure, the Paradise Valley Town Council appointed former councilman David Sherf to fill the vacancy. Council interviewed four candidates to fill the post but ultimately decided on Mr. Sherf at its Thursday, Feb. 23 meeting at Town Hall, 6401 E. Lincoln Drive. […]

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