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Arizona teachers want the rich to hand over their money – Las Vegas Review-Journal

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The 18th-century Scottish lawyer Alexander Tytler is often credited with the following maxim: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself largess out of the public treasury.” Whether Tytler originated the thought or not, the message remains relevant today. Consider what’s going on in Arizona when it comes to teacher compensation. Arguing they are underpaid, Arizona teachers in March held a series of high-profile walkouts designed to elicit public sympathy. After a few weeks of protests at schools and the State Capitol, the governor caved and […]

Arizona Senate signatures that appear forged now subject of lawsuit

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CLOSE The Arizona Republic’s politics team talks with David Garcia about his campaign and Arizona’s upcoming election for governor. Carly Henry, The Republic | azcentral.com Mark Syms, an independent candidate for the Arizona Senate, appears to have submitted dozens — potentially hundreds — of forged signatures on his nominating petitions for the ballot.(Photo: Arizona Secretary of State) A lawsuit filed Monday seeks to knock an Arizona Senate candidate off the ballot over accusations that he submitted at least 914 forged voter signatures with his nominating petitions. Last week, The Arizona Republic reported that dozens of voters listed as signatories on Mark Syms’ nomination petitions said that they did not, […]

Arizona Democrats Call for Special Legislative Session

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Some Arizona Democrats want the state’s Republican governor to call a special session of the Legislature. Four Democratic state senators wrote Gov. Doug Ducey asking him to call a special session to resolve two issues left over from this year’s Legislature. The first is more than $50 million in child-development block grant money from the federal government, Arizona’s share of a funding increase approved by Congress, but the state Legislature did not work that increase into its budget before adjourning. So, for now, it can’t be spent. The second unresolved issue is gun safety. Ducey proposed a plan to allow […]

Who was Sharlot M. Hall? Poet, author, historian, and ranch woman | The Daily Courier

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A woman far ahead of her time, Sharlot became the Territorial Historian in 1909, the first woman to hold public office in the Territory. Young Sharlot Hall traveled to Prescott in the Arizona Territory with her family by covered wagon in 1882, settling at what became the family homestead near Lynx Creek and the Agua Fria in the area that is now Dewey. Growing up on the family ranch, Sharlot’s formal education was limited, but she studied a great deal at home and became fascinated with Arizona history. After learning about the Governor’s […]

Arizona police chief hires former prosecutor to review use of force | Arizona and Regional News

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The beating of a 33-year-old man and the rough treatment of a teenager prompted the chief of the Mesa Police Department to enlist a former prosecutor Friday to investigate the videotaped encounters and report directly to him. Police Chief Ramon Batista said the body camera footage of the two incidents last month left him “angry and deeply disappointed.” “We will work every day to make sure these situations don’t happen again,” Batista said at a news conference. “I will be relentless in my pursuit of organizational excellence. … I promise you I will fix this.” Batista, who had a long […]

Arizona Senate candidate Mark Syms’ petitions were forged, voters say

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CLOSE The Arizona Republic’s politics team talks with David Garcia about his campaign and Arizona’s upcoming election for governor. Carly Henry, The Republic | azcentral.com Mark Syms, an independent candidate for the Arizona Senate, appears to have submitted dozens — potentially hundreds — of forged signatures on his nominating petitions for the ballot.(Photo: Arizona Secretary of State) Mark Syms, an independent candidate for the Arizona Senate, appears to have submitted dozens — potentially hundreds — of forged signatures on his nominating petitions for the ballot. The Arizona Republic has confirmed with more than 20 voters listed as signatories on Syms’ nomination petitions that they did not, in fact, sign the forms. […]

Arizona police launch 2nd investigation of use of force

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) – The beating of a 33-year-old man and the rough treatment of teenager prompted the chief of a suburban Arizona police department to enlist a former prosecutor Friday to investigate the videotaped encounters and report directly to him. Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista said the body camera footage of the two incidents last month left him “angry and deeply disappointed.” “We will work every day to make sure these situations don’t happen again,” Batista said at a news conference. “I will be relentless in my pursuit of organizational excellence … I promise you I will fix this.” […]

Bay Area political events: Wiener town hall, teachers strikes

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Upcoming political events in the Bay Area. SATURDAY Wiener town hall: State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, hosts a town hall meeting. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Presidio Community YMCA, 1151 Gorgas Ave., San Francisco. RSVP and more information here. Teachers strikes: Public forum on “Lessons from the red state teacher rebellion: What can California learn?” Speakers talk about strikes in West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona. 4 p.m., Oakland Tech High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland. World Naked Bike Ride: Event focuses on the need to promote renewable energy and move away from big oil. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., starts at Ferry Building Plaza […]

Energized Arizona Teachers Turn Attention to Tax Proposal – U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. News & World Report Energized Arizona Teachers Turn Attention to Tax ProposalU.S. News & World ReportEnergized Arizona Teachers Turn Attention to Tax Proposal. School districts around Arizona have spent the end of the school year authorizing the first rollout of their teacher pay raise plans after a historic statewide walkout this spring. June 8, 2018 … and more » Source link

Emails say Gary Pierce did political work for utility he was supposed to regulate | Local news

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PHOENIX — Gary Pierce was doing political work, at least indirectly, for the owner of a water and sewer company even as he was serving on the Arizona Corporation Commission which regulates utilities, according to emails written by his wife, Sherry. The disclosure came in federal court Thursday as jurors hearing a fraud and bribery case got to Sherry Pierce’s emails written to Kelly Norton. Norton’s husband at the time, Jim Norton, was lobbying for George Johnson and the water and sewer company that bears his name. Kelly Norton said it was Johnson who, in exchange for giving her a […]