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Amid opioid crisis, insurers restrict pricey, less addictive painkillers

Posted by   /  September 18, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Health Care  /  No Comments

Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too By Katie Thomas and Charles Ornstein | The New York Times At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain […]

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Grant funding reductions at EPA delaying air and water programs in Arizona

Posted by   /  September 18, 2017  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality expects reductions in grant funding from the federal Environmental Protection Agency, but a lack of specifics have impeded planning, Arizona Capitol Times reported. The Trump administration announced a reduction of $2.6 billion in the EPA’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget in March, a plan that is now making its way […]

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[SUNDAY FEATURE] Phoenix constitutional convention gives ‘rebirth to a new nation,’ planners say

Posted by   /  September 17, 2017  /  Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Alia Beard Rau | The Republic The gathering of leaders from 22 states to recommend rules for what would be the first Article V convention in American history has concluded in Arizona, on what was the 230th anniversary of the states’ final approvalof the U.S. Constitution. “It is fitting that we have met here […]

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Voucher expansion ballot measure prompts questions on voter protection

Posted by   /  September 17, 2017  /  Education, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times What is now Proposition 305 will not only put the fate of school voucher expansion into the hands of Arizonans, but is also likely to set precedent on how the Voter Protection Act applies to referenda. The argument is sure to be made that whatever voters decide in […]

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Sen. John McCain introduces bill to protect transgender troops

Posted by   /  September 16, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By KTAR.COM U.S. Sen. John McCain has introduced a bill that aims to protect transgender troops by preventing the Department of Defense from removing active service members based solely on their gender identity. The bipartisan bill was introduced with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Susan Collins (R-Maryland) and Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island) on Friday. According […]

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Arizona agencies feud over policing ‘dark money’ groups; voters could be the losers

Posted by   /  September 16, 2017  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Dustin Gardiner | The Republic As next year’s statewide elections get closer, several Arizona agencies are locked in a bitter feud to determine who has the power to police so-called “dark money” groups that spend millions to influence races. The dispute is playing out in complicated legal tit-for-tats, but the heart of the fight […]

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Sinema and McSally: Trump raised deal on ‘dreamers,’ border security in bipartisan meeting

Posted by   /  September 16, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

By Ronald J. Hansen | The Republic U.S. President Donald Trump says he’s “fairly close” to reaching a deal with congressional leaders on providing protections to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children but he needs “massive border security.” Hours before President Donald Trump reached tentative terms Wednesday with Democratic leaders […]

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Government agendas for week of Sept. 18 – 22, 2017

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

Cities and Towns 9-20 City of Phoenix Council Formal Meeting 9-19 City of Phoenix Zoning Adjustment Hearing 9-19 City of Buckeye Council Meeting 9-19 City of Buckeye Council Workshop 9-18 City of Apache Junction Work Session – Agenda not available 9-19 City of Apache Junction Council Meeting – Agenda not available 9-18 City of Avondale Work Session […]

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Phoenix dreamers skeptical of possible DACA deal between Dems, Trump

Posted by   /  September 15, 2017  /  Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

By Molly Longman | Phoenix New Times Local Dreamers are raising their eyebrows skeptically as Democrats say they’re inching closer to a deal with President Donald Trump that could offer protections to nearly 800,000 Dreamers nationwide. “If they really want to make sure young people are not feeling all this anxiety and stress and fear […]

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Notable Photoable: Mowin’ it down at the White House

Posted by   /  September 15, 2017  /  Government and Politics, PHOTOS/CARTOONS  /  No Comments

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