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Arizona schools chief Kathy Hoffman voices support for vaccinations

Posted by   /  February 20, 2019  /  Education, Health Care  /  No Comments

KTAR.com The top education official in Arizona voiced her support for vaccinations in a state that ranked among the top in the nation for exemption rates this past year. Kathy Hoffman, Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday that she strongly supports immunization as a matter of school safety. “I […]

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Supreme Court strikes blow against states that raise revenue by hefty fines, forfeitures

Posted by   /  February 20, 2019  /  Courts/Law  /  No Comments

  By Richard Wolf | USA TODAY The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that state governments cannot impose excessive court fees, fines and forfeitures as a means of raising money. The decision, which united the court’s conservatives and liberals, makes clear that the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against “excessive fines” applies to the states. Associate Justice […]

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Showdown over water bill averted, clearing way for Arizona to finish Colorado River deal

Posted by   /  February 20, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By Ian James | AZCentral Proposed water legislation that might have upended Arizona’s Colorado River drought plan was set aside by a leading Republican lawmaker following a day of tense debate. The dispute over the bill pitted House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who introduced the measure on behalf of a group of farmers and ranchers, against the […]

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Arizona 10th most “sinful” state, survey finds

Posted by   /  February 20, 2019  /  Featured News  /  No Comments

By Adam McCann | WalletHub ed states and blue states may like to point to one another as the source of all that is wrong with the U.S., but the truth is that each of the 50 states has its own virtues and vices. For example, Missouri has the worst drug use problem. And it […]

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House panel approves bill to quash political activity in classrooms

Posted by   /  February 19, 2019  /  Education, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

  By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times The president of the state’s largest teachers’ union warned a House committee Monday of a potential Red for Ed resurgence if they advanced a contentious bill from Rep. Kelly Townsend last night, which they did. Townsend’s House Bill 2015, which opponents view as retaliation for last year’s […]

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Arizona House speaker blocks repeal of law that allows lawmakers to avoid arrests

Posted by   /  February 19, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Dustin Gardiner | Arizona Republic Arizona lawmakers who want to keep their get-out-of-jail-free cards might not have to worry after all. House Speaker Rusty Bowers has blocked a measure that seeks to repeal a law, commonly known as legislative immunity, which prevents police from arresting lawmakers while the Legislature is in session. Bowers, R-Mesa, […]

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The real national emergencies Trump is ignoring

Posted by   /  February 19, 2019  /  Immigration  /  No Comments

By focusing on the border, the president is distracting us from the greater threats facing America By Janet Napolitano and Karen Breslau | POITICO Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013, is president of the University of California. She is author of the forthcoming book, “How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security […]

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Bill would ask Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education

Posted by   /  February 19, 2019  /  Education, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star A House panel voted Monday to ask voters to increase what they pay in sales taxes to fund public education. The proposal would put a measure on the 2020 ballot to boost the current 0.6-of-a-cent sales tax earmarked for schools to a full […]

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Goldwater loses bid to unveil information on experimental drugs

Posted by   /  February 18, 2019  /  Courts/Law, Health Care  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A federal judge rejected efforts by the Goldwater Institute to force the Food and Drug Administration to detail publicly how dying people can get access to unapproved medicines. In a 12-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton said attorney Jonathan Riches has […]

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Boom! Fossil vehicle sales are officially now decreasing in China, Europe, & USA

Posted by   /  February 18, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Transportation  /  No Comments

  By Dr. Maximilian Holland | CleanTechnica Report Sales of fossil fuelled vehicles are now on the decline in the world’s three largest auto markets, and being replaced by electric vehicles. Fossil car sales will only decrease from here on out. EVs for the win! China, The World’s Largest Auto Market In the world’s largest […]

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