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Ducey urges lawmakers to pass drought plan, but farmers have concerns

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror Gov. Doug Ducey urged lawmakers Tuesday morning in a press conference with leaders from both parties to pass a Drought Contingency Plan before a fast approaching deadline at the end of this month. The plan is part of a seven-state agreement, including Mexico, that would see all of them […]

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Speaker, some lawmakers resistant to Ducey’s push to end legislative immunity

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services per Arizona Capitol Times A proposal by Gov. Doug Ducey to abolish so-called legislative immunity is getting some negative reaction from some lawmakers who enjoy its protections — and would have to vote to put it on the ballot for voters to repeal. “It was put here […]

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[COMMENTARY] The government shutdown through the eyes of Abraham Lincoln

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  By Phil Riske, Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer What follows is a column I wrote in 2013. I find no reason to change a word. I look out onto the Reflecting Pool, and there are no reflections of visitors to this Capital. There are no people touching and tracing the names of the soldiers on the Vietnam […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] California’s largest utility just declared bankruptcy. Hello, climate change.

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

PG&E faces billions of dollars in liability from wildfires exacerbated by rising temperatures and drought. By Umair Irfan | Vox PG&E, the largest utility in California, announced Monday that it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the end of the month, providing a 15-day advance notice required by law. What’s forcing the company […]

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Fire babies: Rose Law Group Reporter Notable Photoable

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  PHOTOS/CARTOONS  /  No Comments

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Babbitt: Colorado River drought plan just the beginning of tough decisions needed

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

  By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star A proposed Colorado River drought plan that will cost well over $100 million is just the beginning of what’s needed to protect the over-allocated river, says Bruce Babbitt, the former governor who rammed through Arizona’s last big water legislation nearly four decades ago. After Gov. Doug Ducey […]

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Ugenti-Rita proposes bill to bar vote ‘procrastinators’

Posted by   /  January 14, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

  By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times Spurred by frustrations over prolonged vote counts, a Republican lawmaker wants to restrict early voting options for voters who receive their ballot by mail. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita wants to require Arizonans who get their ballot early in the mail to return it by mail. SB 1046 would […]

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[OPINION] Make John McCain proud of the Senate. Demand promises from William Barr on Robert Mueller.

Posted by   /  January 14, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

Look to Watergate for the impact a confirmation hearing can have. Elliot Richardson’s commitments led him to resign rather than bow to Nixon’s demands. By Grant Woods | Arizona Republic (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) Too often in today’s United States Senate, style has become a sad substitute for substance, […]

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Gov. Doug Ducey’s 2019 State of the State address

Posted by   /  January 14, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By KTAR.COM Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ushered in a new Legislature on Monday with his annual State of the State address, in which the Republican laid out his priorities for the upcoming session. In the approximately 45-minute speech, Ducey closed the door on a record-setting election year for Arizona, welcomed new lawmakers and paid tribute […]

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[REGIONAL NEWS] ‘Our Armageddon’: Los Angeles teachers strike in nation’s 2nd largest school district

Posted by   /  January 14, 2019  /  Education  /  No Comments

  USA TODAY The wave of teacher strikes that has rocked education in the last 11 months reached a crescendo early Monday, as educators in the nation’s second-largest school district took to the streets of Los Angeles. Los Angeles Unified School District, where the strike affects half a million students at more than 900 schools, […]

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