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Local leaders discuss the rise of Mesa’s innovation district

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Hayley Ringle | Phoenix Business Journal The Mesa Arts Center, Benedictine University and the extension of the Metro light rail down Main Street are part of the city’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area and form an innovation district similar to the successful transformation of downtown Phoenix. City, education and business leaders joined together Thursday morning […]

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Virginia Korte plans to pursue Scottsdale mayor’s seat

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Scottsdale Independent Scottsdale City Councilwoman Virginia Korte has announced her intent to form an exploratory committee for the mayor’s seat in 2020. In a Jan. 18 press release, Ms. Korte says it’s time for her to make the “ultimate commitment.” “For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to helping maintain our wonderful quality of […]

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As federal shutdown looms, legislators approve Arizona CHIP health care funds for children

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

By Fortesa Latifi | Cronkite News ealth insurance for thousands of low-income children in Arizona’s KidsCare program would be preserved, even if federal funds are yanked, under a measure approved Thursday by an Arizona legislative committee. The House Health Committee voted in favor of HB 2127, the bill designed to prevent a funding freeze for […]

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Gray in for Lesko at Legislature

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Andrew Nicla | The Republic Former Arizona Rep. Rick Gray will replace former state Sen. Debbie Lesko in the Senate after the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to appoint him. Lesko, R-Peoria, resigned last week to run for former Rep. Trent Franks’ vacant congressional seat. Gray, who lives in Sun City, […]

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1 vote kills Tempe opposition to border wall

Posted by   /  January 19, 2018  /  Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

The vote came just one day after Flagstaff passed a resolution to oppose the wall KTAR.com The Tempe City Council failed to pass a resolution that would have opposed a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday. The resolution failed on a 3-4 vote. Before the vote was held, several Arizona residents spoke in front […]

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Vote San Tan Valley’s finance report shows large in-kind donations

Posted by   /  January 18, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

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By Jake Kincaid | San Tan Valley Sentinel The fourth-quarter campaign finance report for the Vote San Tan Valley political action committee shows more spending than previous reports and the significant in-kind donations of goods and services that have allowed the political action committee to run. The group filed a map for the incorporation of […]

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Queen Creek’s bond rating affirmed as the town prepares to fund transportation improvements

Posted by   /  January 18, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Queen Creek Independent Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings, leading providers of credit ratings, both affirmed the town of Queen Creek’s AA rating and stable outlook after completing independent reviews. The bond rating affirmations are significant as the town prepares to issue an excise tax bond to fund critical infrastructure improvements. During the Dec. 6 […]

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Pair with direct roles in the Gabby Giffords shooting call for for gun control bills

Posted by   /  January 18, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Republican majority pushes to loosen firearm restrictions, not tighten them By Dustin Gardiner | The Republic For state Reps. Daniel Hernandez and Randy Friese — the Arizona Legislature’s two most vocal proponents of tougher gun laws — the trajectory of their political careers were shaped on a single day: Jan. 8, 2011. On that day, […]

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The pardoned has not heard from the pardoner

Posted by   /  January 18, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Arpaio has not heard from Trump since announcing Senate candidacy KTAR Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was right alongside President Donald Trump during the campaign and the president repaid the favor by pardoning Arpaio after he was found guilty of contempt of court. But now that the former lawman is running for U.S. Senate, […]

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Missile snafu ‘very close to impossible’ in Arizona, says official

Posted by   /  January 18, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  1 Comment

Alerts in Arizona go through a vetting process By Uriel J. Garcia | The Republic Could what happened in Hawaii occur here? The erroneous message on Saturday that warned of an incoming ballistic missile has put other states’ emergency-alert systems under scrutiny. The Hawaii alert, sent by a state official to countess cellphones in the […]

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