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2018 “Tech Ten” Legislators Announced by the Arizona Technology Council | Business News

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Arizona Legislators Honored for Their Support of Technology at the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation, November 8 at the Phoenix PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#aztechcouncil–The Outstanding Technology Senator of the Year, Outstanding Technology Representative of the Year and the Tech Ten Legislators were announced Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority. The winning legislators will be awarded at the 2018 Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards (GCOI) presented by Avnet, Inc. on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St. West Building, 3rd Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “The outstanding legislators on this […]

Could Democrats take over the state Senate?

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CLOSE #RedForEd and public education issues are big topics on the November ballot. Here’s what you need to know. Carly Henry and William Flannigan, Arizona Republic #RedForEd supporters gather at the state Capitol in Phoenix on May 3, 2018. The Arizona Legislature passed a state budget, including a teacher pay-raise plan.(Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic) For more than two decades, Democrats have fallen short in their quest to flip control of at least one chamber in the GOP-dominated Arizona Legislature. But if there were ever a year for them to turn the tide, 2018 could be it. Talk of a “blue wave” in this […]

Arizona Supreme Court pulled into political fray – Arizona Capitol Times

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The Arizona Supreme Court from left are Robert Brutinel, John Lopez, John Pelander, Scott Bales, Andrew Gould, Clint Bolick, Ann Scott Timmer. The Arizona Supreme Court’s integrity is under attack by supporters of the defunct Invest in Education Act who accuse the justices and Gov. Doug Ducey of collusion. But the accusations are fueled not by hard evidence but rather by an assumption grounded in speculation and unverifiable information spread by the Ducey campaign. The court and its justices have been swept up in election season politics that typically bypass the judicial branch. And the lasting impact may not be […]

Friday Notebook: Important Arizona initiative campaign swallowed by other races | Local news

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This is the multimillion-dollar campaign you may never hear of. Realtors, the supporters of Prop. 126, have poured at least $6.1 million into the campaign for the initiative. It would put in the state constitution a prohibition on taxes of services such as, say, those provided by Realtors — or tax preparers, or doctors, or barbers. If we pass this proposition, we couldn’t impose taxes on services the same way we have a sales tax on goods like bicycles and clothing. There is a campaign committee in favor of the proposition, called Citizens for Fair Tax Policy. It is chaired […]

News – Legislative Pulse: Fighting for Reliable Energy in Arizona

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Editor’s Note: Arizona state Rep. Mark Finchem (R–Tucson) is serving his second term in the Arizona legislature. Finchem is vice chair of the House Federalism, Property Rights, and Public Policy Committee and the Military, Veterans, and Regulatory Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee.  Burnett: The owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) electricity plant on Navajo Nation land in Arizona are planning to close it down prematurely. Do think that this would be good for the people of Arizona? Finchem: It is a bad idea because there is, as yet, no replacement […]

Arizona lawmakers eyeing the financial operations of charter schools | Kingman Daily Miner

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PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey said he’s open to the idea of reforms in how charter schools are operated, including how they handle their finances. For the moment, though, he has no specific suggestions. And he remains convinced charter schools, which in Arizona can be operated as for-profit entities, remain an “innovation.” But others already are moving ahead. Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, told Capitol Media Services on Tuesday she wants lawmakers to mandate there be better oversight of the people who own and operate these charter schools that get taxpayer funds. “I am uncomfortable with the nepotism that exists […]

Charter school financial controversies spark talk of Arizona legislative action | Local news

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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s open to the idea of reforms in how charter schools are operated, including how they handle their finances. For the moment, though, he has no specific suggestions. And he remains convinced that the private schools, which in Arizona can be operated as for-profit entities, are an innovation, he said. There is some movement on the issue. Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, said Tuesday she wants lawmakers to mandate that there be better oversight of these technically public schools run by private entities that get taxpayer funds. “I am uncomfortable with the nepotism that […]

Martha McSally – Good for Gun Rights & Good For Arizona

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Opinion Representative Martha McSally during a Congressional hearing. (Photo by Customs and Border Patrol) Washington, DC –-(AmmoLand.com)- There is a showdown coming in Arizona – and it has Second Amendment implications. No, we’re not talking about the Gunfight at the OK Corral. We’re talking the Senate race between Representatives Martha McSally (Republican) and Kyrsten Sinema (Democrat). In this case, on Second Amendment issues, there is a very clear choice. Let’s take a look at McSally’s record. It’s pretty short – but there is a good reason for that. She spent 26 years serving in the United States Air Force, flying the […]

Kyrsten Sinema is OK with child prostitution? Don’t believe the ad

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Opinion: In political ads the idea is to find the most damning comments a politician makes and leave out any context. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema(Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic) Each of you in favor of human trafficking and child prostitution raise your hand? Don’t be shy. Anybody? No? … Exactly. Perpetrators over victims? So why are a bunch of rich Arizona Republicans under the guise of the super PAC, DefendArizona, trying to make it look like Democratic senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema is more interested in protecting perpetrators than victims? The answer, in a word, is politics. The latest TV ad attacking Sinema […]

Education activists start grassroots effort to oust 2 Arizona Supreme Court justices | Local news

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PHOENIX — Upset with a ruling that knocked a tax hike for education off the ballot, some members of the Save Our Schools movement are asking voters to turn one or two Supreme Court justices out of office in November. Teresa Ratti, a high school teacher, said the justices’ conclusion that the Invest in Ed initiative was misleading was “the exact same statement” that came from the Republican-controlled Legislative Council, which was tasked with writing an explanation of the proposal. “Do we really have a separate judiciary branch or is our judicial branch being controlled or influenced by the executive […]