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Burns shot down in bid for investigation into improper outside influence
PHOENIX -- Calling it a "fishing expedition,' three state utility regulators late Thursday quashed a bid by a fourth for an outside look into whether the panel has been or can be subject to improper outside influences.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Petition circulation snafu puts minimum wage measure in jeopardy
PHOENIX -- A judge has ruled that dozens of people who circulated petitions to boost the minimum wage were not legally qualified to do so.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hospital executive pay cap issue will not be on November ballot
PHOENIX -- Arizonans will not get to decide in November whether to cap the pay of hospital executives.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Legal battle underway to allow marijuana question on ballot
PHOENIX -- An attorney for the group seeking to legalize recreational use of marijuana told a judge Friday she can't keep the measure off the ballot even if she believes it is confusing or fraudulent.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Legal marijuana signatures are in; will measure make ballot?
PHOENIX -- A bid to let adults buy and use marijuana for recreation has enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Utility regulation candidates reject claim that human activity causes climate change
PHOENIX -- Four of the five Republican candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission said Monday night they're not convinced that human activity contributes to climate change.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Bisbee in state cross hairs over plastic bags
PHOENIX -- A Republican state senator wants Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate -- and slap down -- the city of Bisbee for what she claims is the decision to ignore a state law prohibiting local laws on plastic bags.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ducey to select 2 new Az Supreme Court justices
PHOENIX -- A special state commission takes the first steps this week to letting Gov. Doug Ducey put two of his choices on the state's high court.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Kirkpatrick takes aim at McCain's 30-year U.S. Senate seat (with video)
VERDE VALLEY - Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick has Republican U.S. Senator John McCain's 30-year senate seat in her sights. While making a stop in Camp Verde July 26, she shared her reasons as to why:


Thursday, August 4, 2016

Elections officials: We are not ballot harveting police
PHOENIX -- The top election officials in the state's two largest counties will not enforce a new law that makes "ballot harvesting' a crime.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Planned Parenthood dodges termination of Medicaid funding ... for now
PHOENIX -- State Medicaid officials have agreed not to try to cut off family planning dollars from Planned Parenthood, at least not yet.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

AZ jobless rate up for third consecutive month
The economist for the state whose job it is to report the numbers insists, in essence, that there's nothing to see here.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

WalletHub study ranks Arizona education as fourth worst in U.S.
PHOENIX -- The way WalletHub sees things, Arizona has the fourth worst school system in the entire country.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Majority of legislators score big on small business
PHOENIX - Nearly three-quarters of Arizona's legislators received a perfect score on pro-small business legislation, according to the Arizona Small Business Association.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Aug. 12 hearing to decide if marijuana legalization will be on ballot
PHOENIX -- A judge will hear arguments Aug. 12 over whether Arizonans will be allowed to vote on whether they want to legalize marijuana for recreational use.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Arizona Health Assn. plays both sides of fence on legal marijuana debate
The Arizona Public Health Association has submitted an argument supporting legalizing marijuana for recreational use. It also submitted one against the measure.
Monday, July 18, 2016

Meet Congressional Dist. 1 candidate Wendy Rogers
Unlike Ann Kirkpatrick, I support an effort in the US House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare to replace it with a proposed plan called A Better Way.  A Better Way will be a step-by-step plan that will enable all to access quality and affordable health care for themselves and their families.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet Congressional Dist. 1 candidate Tom O'Halleran
My primary concern with health care today is affordability. The House of Representatives has voted dozens of times to repeal the ACA despite knowing full-well those votes would fail. That time would have been better spent addressing the shortcomings in the law to further improve access to healthcare and bring down costs.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Meet Congressional Dist. 1 candidate Shawn Redd
I believe in States rights and believe that health care should be left under the jurisdiction of individual states. However I do support reducing restrictions that prevent i
Saturday, July 16, 2016

AZ governors past and present share thoughts on Trump's need to unite Republican Party
PHOENIX -- As Republicans gather in Cleveland, three Arizona governors say they know what it will take for Donald Trump to unite the party behind him.


Saturday, July 16, 2016


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