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9th Circuit Court to reconsider ruling on Arizona’s ‘ballot harvesting’ ban | Local news

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PHOENIX — A federal appeals court will give Democrats a new chance to argue that an Arizona law banning “ballot harvesting” is illegal. In a brief order, the majority of the judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said they want to review and reconsider a 2-1 ruling by one of their panels last year that upheld the 2016 law, which bars Arizonans from collecting and delivering the ballots of others. In that ruling, the majority brushed aside complaints from the state and federal Democratic parties that the Republican-controlled Legislature had no evidence of fraud from the practice. Nor […]

Some of the Most Important Education Issues Facing Arizona (And One Item That Doesn’t Make the List.)

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click to enlarge Let’s see, what are the most important education issues facing the legislature this year? Fulfilling its promise to continue raising teacher salaries is definitely on the list. So is increasing charter school transparency and oversight to weed out rampant corruption and profiteering. And decreasing teacher shortages. And decreasing class sizes. And increasing education budgets so old buses can be replaced, old schools can be maintained and old textbooks and technology can be updated. And let’s not forget ridding the state of its destructive English Immersion model for ELL students. Other problems could be addressed as well, […]

Pentagon asked for more help, concertina wire, on border | Arizona and Regional News

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to provide more help securing the U.S.-Mexico border, two defense officials said Friday amid a political standoff over President Donald Trump’s demand for more money to build a border wall. The acting secretary of defense, Pat Shanahan, has not decided how to respond to the DHS request, but in the past the Pentagon has provided help when asked. At one point last fall there were nearly 5,900 active-duty troops along the border in Texas, Arizona and California to assist border patrol agents and to erect wire barriers. That […]

US court to reconsider appeal on Arizona election issues

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A federal appeals court will reconsider its earlier ruling against a challenge to Arizona’s restrictions on collection of early ballots and refusing to count votes cast in the wrong precinct. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday a larger panel of judges will review an appeal of a trial judge’s denial of the challenge by Democratic Party officials who said Arizona’s practices disproportionately affect minority voters. A three-judge panel on Sept. 12 ruled that not counting ballots cast in the wrong precinct and making third-party ballot harvesting a felony created “a minimal burden.” The Sept. 12 ruling also […]

Letter: Controlling the minds of children | Politics-local

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Mark Finchem is now into mind control. His latest proposed bill would bar teachers from discussing any controversial or political issue in the classroom. First, who will decide what is controversial or political? The ruling party? Second, kids see these issues several times a day on TV and the internet. Are they supposed to wipe them from their minds? Or is it better that they discuss these in an educational setting meant to teach them to analyze, research and evaluate the data? Are they to grow up in Never Never Land where the fantasy spewed by the people in power […]

Walls work, says Arizona sheriff who claims crime dropped by 91 percent thanks to border fence

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As Washington, D.C. debates whether or not a wall will stop the flow of illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States, one Arizona county sheriff says it led to a dramatic 91 percent reduction in crime. “The fence worked here. It may not work in New Mexico, I can only talk about my area. But [politicians should] defer to the Border Patrol experts,” Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot told Fox News.  “They know the situation.” In 2006, President George W. Bush passed the Secure Fence Act which had a tremendous impact in Yuma County. In 2015, Fox News reported a 96 percent […]

Arizona synagogue vandalized

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(JTA) — A synagogue in Lake Havasu City, Arizona was vandalized, though … about $1,000 in property damage, Havasu News reported Thursday. …. a far-left politician, attended in 2011 alongside several anti-Israel activists who … Source link

Arizona Delegation Helps Usher In Historic New Congress

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The 116th Congress marked the return of a Democratic majority to the U.S. House. Arizona voters helped make that happen by flipping the 2nd Congressional District. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Tucson, won that seat, which had been held by Republican Martha McSally. Before Kirkpatrick left Tucson to be sworn in, she said she hopes to see immigration reform pass during this congressional session If a border wall is part of any comprehensive immigration bill in Congress, Kirkpatrick will not support the bill. “No. Absolutely not. And we don’t want a wall in Southern Arizona. A third of our economy comes from […]

Kyrsten Sinema’s outfit draws attention at Senate swearing-in

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Vice President Mike Pence administers a ceremonial Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.(Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally made history Thursday, becoming the first two women from Arizona sworn into the U.S. Senate. Sinema made even more history than that, becoming the first openly bisexual person in the Senate. So, naturally, everyone talked about her dress. RELATED: Sinema, McSally face familiar problems in Senate OK, maybe not everyone. But a lot of people on social media took […]

Kyrsten Sinema, Martha McSally make history, face familiar problems

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CLOSE U.S. Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema explains her priorities in office and her desire to always put Arizona first. Diana Payan, The Republic | azcentral.com Sens. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema(Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP; Jack Gruber/USA TODAY) Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally were formally sworn in to the U.S. Senate on Thursday, reshaping Arizona’s Capitol Hill contingent and helping define a day in Washington in which a record number of women joined Congress. Sinema, a Democrat, and McSally, a Republican, were sworn in along with other new members of the Senate, meaning they technically joined the chamber at the same time. Gov. Doug […]