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Pinal County cracking down on potluck dinners
PHOENIX -- A House panel took the first steps Thursday to keeping those involved in community potlucks on the right side of the law.


Friday, February 5, 2016

State proposes new restrictions on return of early ballots
PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers approved a measure Thursday that would make felons out of people who return the early ballots of others to the polls.


Friday, February 5, 2016

State Senate unanimously endorses revamping police, fire pension plan
PHOENIX -- State senators gave unanimous approval Thursday to revamping the pension plan covering police and firefighters.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Plans proposes restoring $28 million to JTEDs
Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma, said the plan would restore $28 million of the $30 million lawmakers voted last year to cut from Joint Technical Education Districts this coming school year.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Popular vote process gains support in State House
PHOENIX -- The state House voted 40-16 Thursday to move Arizona toward a system where the presidential candidate who got the most popular votes in the nation would become president, no matter what the Electoral College decided.
Friday, February 5, 2016

New push to allow guns in public buildings
PHOENIX -- Undeterred by prior vetoes, gun-rights advocates are making a new push to allow some people to bring their weapons into public buildings.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Attorney: Text deletions should not be fodder for legal challenge
The attorney for Bob Stump contends the Checks and Balances Project has no legal right to ask a court to rule that the state utility regulator illegally deleted text messages -- not that he's conceded Stump actually did.
Friday, February 5, 2016

Another report, another F for Arizona schools
WASHINGTON - Arizona got an F for its support of public education on a new report card from a national education advocacy group, but the nation as a whole didn't do much better, with no state getting better than a C.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Douglas says proposal a threat to her powers as state schools chief
PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas is lashing out at what she said is a "repulsive' plan by a Mesa Republican lawmaker she contends will strip her of many of her constitutional duties.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Revamping of state liquor laws on table
PHOENIX -- A House panel voted Tuesday to make it easier for liquor stores to move up the block -- and even next door -- to schools and churches.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Massive changes proposed for police, firefighter pensions
PHOENIX -- Ignoring arguments that the claimed savings may not be real, a Senate panel on Wednesday approved massive changes to the pension system that covers police and firefighters throughout the state.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Voters may get final say on photo radar
PHOENIX -- The future of photo enforcement of traffic laws in Arizona could depend on what voters decide in November, if not at the state level, than in each community.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Conflict of interest issues surface for Andy Tobin
PHOENIX -- The man who replaced a state utility regulator forced out over conflicts of interest has some conflicts of his own that likely will keep him from voting on key issues before the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lawmakers seek revamping of Electoral College process
PHOENIX -- A House panel on Monday approved a measure, that, had it been in effect in 2000, would have meant Al Gore would have been president.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chain of command issues new focus for lawmakers
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers voted Tuesday to make sure there's someone left to run the government if the roof caves in -- literally -- during the next State of the State address.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Change proposed for redistricting process
PHOENIX -- A House panel approved a change in the redistricting process that, if ratified by voters, could have the lines for future legislative and congressional elections drawn only by Republicans.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

House Ways and Means Committee show support for 'empowerment scholarships'
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers took the first steps Monday to eventually allowing all 1.1 million children in public schools to get vouchers of tax dollars to attend private and parochial schools.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New restrictions proposed for fetal research
PHOENIX -- Abortion foes at the Legislature on Monday proposed new restrictions on fetal research that would be even more restrictive than federal law.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Poll shows increased voter favor for Ann Kirkpatrick
Democrat challenger Ann Kirkpatrick picked up six points when those questioned were asked whether they would back her or McCain. And they all came from the undecided category.

The bottom line, according to pollster Earl de Berge, is that if the general election were held today Kirkpatrick and McCain would be in a statistical dead heat.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sen. Lesko unveils plan to secure police and fire pension fund
PHOENIX -- The head of the Senate Finance Committee is unveiling a bold plan this coming week to keep one of the state's pension funds from going broke.
Saturday, January 30, 2016


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