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Elections Director: Club is probably violating campaign law
PHOENIX -- The state's elections director says an organization that has so far put nearly $1.7 million into this year's primary election likely is violating campaign finance laws.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ducey hopes to block JanPAC from funding Smith campaign
PHOENIX -- Unable to get Jan Brewer's endorsement for himself, Doug Ducey is now angling to deter the governor from spending her own political funds to help elect Scott Smith.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Allen seeks appointment to replace Crandell on ballot
Responding to calls from constituents and colleagues, Navajo County Supervisor Sylvia Tenney Allen declared her intention to replace the late Sen. Chester Crandell as the Republican Party nominee for State Senate representing Legislative District 6 at the State Capitol.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

AZ jobless rate stands at 7%
PHOENIX -- The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point last month, to 7.0 percent, amid lackluster overall growth of jobs in the private sector and sharp but seasonally expected declines in employment in public education.

And it might have been worse except for one thing: the federal Affordable Care Act.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

State mandates 25-mile rule on marijuana grow privilege
PHOENIX -- Medical marijuana users have no right to grow their own plants once a dispensary moves within 25 miles as the crow flies, a state hearing officers concluded Tuesday.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Court rules transgender man can get legal divorce
PHOENIX -- A transgender man is entitled to get a divorce in Arizona from his wife even though he kept his uterus and bore children with her, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday.


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Court revives death-row inmate's complaint that prison read his mail
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Monday ordered a new hearing for an Arizona death-row inmate who said prison officials violated his constitutional right to counsel by reading a letter he sent to his attorney.

Arizona Department of Corrections policy allows officers to inspect inmate mail for contraband and for what the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called "such suspicious features as maps of the prison yard, the times of the guards' shift changes and the like."


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Grass-roots group pushes Congress on abandoned uranium mine cleanup
WASHINGTON - The people behind Clean Up the Mines understand that others have been trying for years to clean up abandoned uranium mines and have mostly met with limited success.

But they say that doesn't mean they shouldn't keep trying.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Arizona tops nation in deferred action claims
PHOENIX -- Arizona has a higher percentage of individuals who have applied for deferred action than any other states, according to a new report.

The study by the Migration Policy Institute found 23,000 people living here had submitted applications by March 31 to remain and work in this country. Federal immigration officials say about 20,000 already have qualified.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Judge: Montgomery's office can investigate Horne
A judge rebuffed efforts by Attorney General Tom Horne to quash a criminal investigation into whether he has been using public resources in his reelection bid.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

From here to there: Few unaccompanied minors staying in Arizona
WASHINGTON - More than 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were sent to Arizona for processing by Customs and Border Protection this summer, but fewer than 200 of them ended up staying in the state.


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Court: No frisking without a crime
Police cannot frisk someone they stop and question absent some "reasonable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot,' the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Will negative ads backfire on GOP governor candidates?
The mud-slinging in the Republican gubernatorial fray has gotten so bad that party Chairman Robert Graham has told the contenders to just cool it -- or risk electing Democrat Fred DuVal in November.
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gov. Brewer endorses Scott Smith for governor
Waiting until after some ballots already have been cast, Gov. Jan Brewer Thursday finally formally backed former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith as her successor. Brewer said Smith supports the same things she does. And she said Smith "stood strong with me' with her decisions to expand the state's Medicaid program and adopt the Common Core education standards.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Smith hopes to boost campaign with endorsement from Gov. Brewer
PHOENIX -- Gubernatorial hopeful Scott Smith hopes to revive his sagging campaign with what amounts to a last-minute endorsement from the state's top Republican.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Redistricting battle rests with decision by U.S. Supreme Court
PHOENIX -- The U.S. Supreme Court could announce at its first public session of the year in October whether state lawmakers will get to redraw Arizona's congressional lines.

The justices have agreed to discuss on Sept. 29 a bid by the Legislature to void a provision of a 2000 voter-approved measure giving power to set the lines to the Independent Redistricting Commission. That is a closed-door conference.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

State's same-sex couples could get family leave, but impact uncertain
WASHINGTON - Couples who were legally married in a state that recognizes same-sex unions might be given Family and Medical Leave Act benefits if they work in Arizona - even though the state does not recognize their marriage.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Senator Crandell discovered dead at Despain Ranch in Heber
A state senator was found dead Monday afternoon on a Navajo County ranch, the possible victim of a balky horse.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

'Dark money' influencing state elections
PHOENIX -- The race for who could be a heartbeat away from governor is being financed largely by a "dark money" group that will not disclose its donors.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Poll shows GOP voters undecided on their nominee for AZ governor
A new statewide survey by the Behavior Research Center released Tuesday shows half of Republicans questioned say they still have no specific preference in the six-way race. That has left Christine Jones and Doug Ducey in a virtual tie -- but only in the teens among their support.


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Saturday, August 2, 2014


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