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Government agendas for week of May 29 –June 2, 2017

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

Cities and Towns: 5-31 City of Phoenix Council Meeting 6-1 City of Phoenix Zoning Adjustment Hearing 6-1 City of Phoenix Board of Adjustment Meeting 6-1 City of Casa Grande Planning Hearing 5-30 Town of Cave Creek Special Council Meeting 6-1 Town of Florence Planning and Zoning Commission 6-1 Town of Fountain Hills Special and Regular […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for May 26, 2017: Nevada becomes 19th state to ask Congress for constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United.

Posted by   /  May 26, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics, Immigration, Real Estate, Regional News  /  No Comments

Nevada Legislature passes proposal to overturn Citizens United Trump promised a ‘big beautiful door’ in his border wall. California farmers are ready and waiting Utah lawmaker takes aim at campus free-speech rules Attorney general looking into University of New Mexico golf junket Downtown Denver hotel opening this summer will boast highest open-air rooftop bar in […]

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No one hurt yet by law restricting voter initiatives, lawyer says

Posted by   /  May 26, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The attorney for two top Republican lawmakers is laying the groundwork to quash a legal challenge to new hurdles they erected to voters creating their own laws. During a preliminary hearing May 25, David Cantelme did not address whether the Legislature exceeded its constitutional […]

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Residents discuss drawbacks, benefits of life on federally owned land

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

By Ben Moffat | Cronkite News Wednesday, May 24, 2017 An Arizona rancher and state legislator told a congressional committee Wednesday that he has been “held hostage” for years by the red tape that accompanies federal ownership of lands in the West. The testimony by state Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, came during a House hearing […]

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Former AZ utility regulator, lobbyist, utility owner charged with conspiracy, bribery, fraud

Posted by   /  May 25, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Evan Wyloge and Jim Small | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged former Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce, his wife, prominent lobbyist Jim Norton and utility owner George Johnson with conspiracy, bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, over what prosecutors lay out as a scheme to pay off Pierce in […]

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GOP leads efforts to pass state laws it says protect free speech

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

Much of the proposed legislation is based on a model bill published in January by the Goldwater Institute By Douglas Belkin | The Wall Street Journal Demonstrators have chased away conservative speakers over the past few months at the University of California, Berkeley, and Middlebury College in Vermont. Taking action to avoid similar scenes, universities […]

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Arizona Supreme Court backs Horne in challenge to $400,000 campaign fine

Posted by   /  May 25, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Capitol Times The Arizona Supreme Court ruled today that Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk violated Tom Horne’s due process rights by levying a $400,000 fine against him and a former aide over campaign finance violations. The decision overturned two lower court rulings and handed the former attorney general a major […]

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Ducey vetoes bill protecting student journalists

Posted by   /  May 25, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral Gov. Doug Ducey says he believes in First Amendment rights for high school journalists, but only if they are supervised — and can be overridden by — school principals and administrators. “I’m a believer of course in free speech and have been supportive of the First […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for May 25, 2017: The world’s biggest retail real estate convention is living up to its name again in Sin City.

Posted by   /  May 25, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics, Real Estate, Regional News, Transportation  /  No Comments

Las Vegas: Real estate dealmaking in full swing at RECon 2017 Salt Lake City Outdoor Retailer parent buys SIA Snow Show, will combine for huge Denver trade event California: The epic, ugly battle over finishing the 710 Freeway might finally be coming to an end New Mexico Legislature sends new budget package to Martinez

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Phoenix named highest-performing city in the nation

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

KTAR Phoenix was named the highest-performing city in the nation by Governing Magazine on Wednesday, according to a press release. The city was assessed on seven different elements that helped it earn the top spot: Dynamically planned, broadly partnered, resident-involved, race-informed, smartly resourced, employee engaged and data drive. Related: Take that, Philly: Phoenix reclaims title […]

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