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Ducey to contract with former chief of staff on water, gaming

Posted by   /  January 17, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror Barely a month after leaving the Ducey administration, former chief of staff Kirk Adams is going back to work for his old boss. Gov. Doug Ducey will hire Adams as a contract employee to work on water and Indian gaming issues during the 2019 legislative session, Adams told […]

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APS parent company spent $37.9M fighting clean-energy measure

Posted by   /  January 17, 2019  /  Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic Proposition 127 has further cemented its rank as the most expensive ballot initiative battle in state history with the filing of new finance reports that show Arizona Public Service Co.’s parent company and others spent big through Election Day. Voters rejected the clean-energy ballot measure by a wide margin. […]

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Border sheriffs: Trump’s ‘wall’ focus impedes broader border security discussion

Posted by   /  January 17, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

  By Perla Trevizo | Arizona Daily Star As the government shutdown nears its fifth week, border sheriffs are saying “the wall” has become a lightning rod of division and a sound bite that constrains talks on securing the border. “The term ‘the wall’ gets in the way a lot. It has become this semantic […]

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Schumer recruiting top-notch candidate for McCain Senate seat

Posted by   /  January 17, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  By Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong | The Hill Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is recruiting Rep. Ruben Gallego (Ariz.), a rising Democratic star in the House, to run for the Arizona Senate seat long held by John McCain. Schumer and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev.) met with Gallego […]

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The stories that defined Paradise Valley in 2018

Posted by   /  January 17, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

  By Terrance Thornton | Paradise Valley Independent The Independent is the paper of record for the Town of Paradise Valley and in that function, the publication — and its dedicated reporting staff — covered extensively the municipal happenings of calendar year 2018 with a conscientious approach to journalism. Calendar year 2018 in the Town of […]

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Bill Gates elected chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Posted by   /  January 17, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  Scottsdale Independent Bill Gates, the newly-elected chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, says county government is making a difference on pressing regional issues such as water, environmental health, and growth and can do even more in the coming year. Mr. Gates has served on the Board of Supervisors, representing District 3, since […]

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How prepared is Arizona for the next economic downturn?

Posted by   /  January 16, 2019  /  Economy, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Capitol Times Gov. Doug Ducey said in his State of the State address that he wants the state’s rainy day fund to be $1 billion, a figure that comports with recent research showing Arizona is ill prepared for the next recession. Two of those researchers from Pew Charitable Trust, Stephen […]

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Maricopa County eyes election changes after chaotic 2018 elections

Posted by   /  January 16, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

  By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic 2018 was a rough year for elections in Maricopa County. In August, newly minted Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes administered his first major election, and it was plagued with issues from the moment polls were supposed to open. At 6 a.m. Aug. 28, 62 polling places around the county were not […]

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Arizona Sen. Sinema ready to bargain on border wall to end shutdown

Posted by   /  January 16, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Immigration  /  No Comments

  By KTAR.com U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona has joined a bipartisan group of legislators who planned to tell President Donald Trump in a letter they were willing to beef up border security if it would end the government shutdown. A representative from Sinema’s office said Wednesday in an email to KTAR News 92.3 […]

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[OPINION] California burns for better leaders

Posted by   /  January 16, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Perverse housing incentives block urban high rises and set the woods on fire. By Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. | The Wall Street Journal  If only people who live on the seashore would get together with those who build in fire-prone wildernesses, the excess water of one could offset the excess dryness of the other. Sadly there […]

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