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Arizona’s response to opioid crisis needs to include the human factor

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Editorial board, The Republic | azcentral.com Published 8:52 a.m. MT Nov. 2, 2017 | Updated 8:56 a.m. MT Nov. 2, 2017 Naloxone is used to reverse opioid overdoses. Records show that law-enforcement officers in Arizona used it on average of once a day in the summer of 2017.(Photo: Getty Images)   CLOSE Doctors are cutting back on opioid prescriptions but not by nearly enough, federal health officials say. Wochit   Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide The numbers are staggering: More than 3,200 suspected opioid overdoses were reported in Arizona since June 15, with more than 400 deaths. […]

Gov. Ducey finds stop-gap funding for KidsCare

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CLOSE The Republic’s politics team talks Bisbees’s plastic bag ban, KidsCare funds drying up and Martha McSally and Paul Gosar entering Arizona’s Senate race on Nov. 1, 2017. Johanna Huckeba/azcentral Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.(Photo: The Republic) Arizona will ensure some 23,000 children from lower-income families don’t have to live without health insurance — at least for now — and the governor is officially asking Congress to make sure those kids stay covered. Gov. Doug Ducey’s office said Wednesday that the state will shift money around in existing budgets to cover the costs of KidsCare. The state-run, federally funded program was expected to […]

Application deadline is Monday for next student regent on Arizona Board of Regents

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The deadline to be the next student regent on the Arizona Board of Regents has been extended. The Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU) and Graduate Student Government (GSG) are looking for applicants for the next student regent to join the Arizona Board of Regents. This year, the student regent will be elected from Northern Arizona University and will serve from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020. Applications are due Nov. 6. Download the Student Regent Application Final. Each applicant must be a currently enrolled, full-time student at NAU with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates and […]

Arizona elections boss who told voter ‘F- yourself’ to make statement

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CLOSE Maricopa County is considering a switch to all-mail voting. Republic political reporter Rebekah L. Sanders speaks with Elections Director Reynaldo “Rey” Valenzuela about what voters can expect. Rebekah L. Sanders/azcentral.com Adrian Fontes, the new Maricopa County Recorder, speaks at the Arizona Republic/ azcentral.com studios on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.(Photo: David Wallace/The Republic) Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes will make a statement on Facebook Live at 2:30 p.m. about inflammatory comments he made to a voter on social media who criticized the design of election ballots. The voter is Nathan Schneider, a Democratic candidate for the Arizona Legislature, who posted on […]

Rule Reversal: Governor Doug Ducey Is Hellbent on Deregulating Arizona

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Just lately, the only thing noisier than the cacophony of dozens of construction sites is the moaning of Phoenicians about what’s going up on those sites. The condominiums are all wrong, according to many: too boxy, or not colorful enough, or aesthetically unrelated to the rest of the block. Others, shocked to see how much chicken wire and plywood is involved in new construction, are grumbling about parsimonious developers. Pretty soon, dreary and cheaply made buildings might be the standard in Arizona. That’s because, if Governor Doug Ducey has his way, a whole lot of Arizonans who aren’t architects might […]

Doyle McManus: Anti-Trump Republicans have three options, but only one can save their party |

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The most stinging critiques of President Donald Trump’s presidency in the last few weeks have come not from Democrats, but from Republican members of the U.S. Senate. “I will not be complicit,” said Jeff Flake of Arizona. Trump’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior … is dangerous to a democracy.” “The debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth-telling … will be what he is remembered for,” said Bob Corker of Tennessee. “He is obviously not going to rise to the occasion as president.” “Half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems,” said John McCain […]

Governor may tap rainy-day fund to keep health coverage for 23,000 Arizona kids | Local news

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Gov. Doug Ducey may tap the state’s “rainy day fund” to keep health-care coverage for 23,000 Arizona children until Congress finally acts. The governor said Tuesday that both the House and Senate are weighing legislation to restore funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. It provides nearly free care for children in families earning up to twice the federal poverty level, or about $40,840 a year for a family of three. Cash for CHIP ran out when the federal fiscal year ended Sept. 30. In the interim, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has used unspent dollars from […]

Four Latinos form Arizona’s first legislative LGBT Caucus

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By Angelica Cabral | Cronkite News Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 PHOENIX – Six years ago, it was a young intern who helped save Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s life in a shooting that shocked Arizona and the nation. Now, that same intern has made history again by helping to found the first LGBT Caucus in the Arizona Legislature. Daniel Hernandez, who now represents District 2 in the state House of Representatives, said he and some of the other founders — Tony Navarrete and César Chávez — used to get together for dinners and joke that they were the ‘gaucus,’ or the gay […]

The loss of civility in politics | Editorial

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It is sad when you lose a friend. I have known Steve Slaton for many years and his attacks against me are a sad reflection of the political climate in which we now find ourselves. Slaton’s latest article (“It’s about the rule of law, conservative values,” published Oct. 20) shows his lack of judgment when he applies the “Rule of Law according to Steve.” He got it all wrong and has misjudged me. One conservative value he has forgotten is the civility in debate and allowing the freedom of ideas and differences. Slaton lists accusations in his article that do […]

Proper forest management is top education goal of ECO | Latest News

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HOLBROOK — The Eastern Arizona Counties Organization (ECO) brought members of the Arizona Legislature, as well as dozens of local, state and federal officials, to the White Mountains to educate policy makers on the need to properly manage the forest during the organization’s annual Legislators’ Field Trip. District III Supervisor Jason Whiting helped guide the legislators around the region to show how the issue not only affects local communities, but all forest and water users around the state. “We are discussing the best solutions on how to move forward with forest management,” Whiting said. “This is an issue that reaches […]