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The Latest: Arizona smoking age boost sponsor admits defeat | Political News

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action at the Arizona Legislature (all times local): The sponsor of one of two competing tobacco and vaping regulation bills at the Arizona Legislature says he’s giving up on his proposal in the face of opposition from anti-smoking advocates. Republican Rep. John Allen said Friday he just couldn’t get the votes to back his measure raising the age to buy tobacco or vaping products to 21. The bill also contained a clause barring cities and towns from further regulating tobacco or charging licensing fees to retailers. It was backed by the tobacco and vaping […]

The Latest: Lawmakers reject naming mountain after veteran | Political News

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on action at the Arizona Legislature (all times local): Arizona lawmakers decided not to name a mountain peak west of Phoenix in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL. The House voted 45-15 to reject a bill to name the tallest peak in Estrella Mountain Regional Park after Charles Keating IV. Keating was killed in 2016 in Iraq during a battle with Islamic State fighters. Republican Rep. Walter Blackman, an Army veteran, says it’s offensive to ask lawmakers to honor one veteran over another. Democratic Rep. Lorenzo Sierra has the peak in his district and says […]

Mark Kelly Attended Fundraiser Hosted By Canadian ‘Deadbeat’ Dad

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Mark Kelly / Facebook BY: Cameron Cawthorne Follow @@Cam_Cawthorne May 24, 2019 2:05 pm Mark Kelly, the former astronaut running as a Democratic candidate for Senate in Arizona, appeared at a May 15 fundraiser hosted by a man who previously made headlines for being one of Ontario, Canada’s “worst deadbeat parents.” Kelly’s campaign sent out a fundraising invitation billing Blaine Tanner as a host at the Sedona reception along with his wife, Ellen Simon. The couple last made political news in 2006. Simon was running for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District seat when Tanner’s ex-wife revealed their domestic issues on Arizona political blogs, the […]

US Senate confirms Michael Bailey for US Attorney in Arizona

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PHOENIX (AP) – The U.S. Senate has confirmed Michael G. Bailey as United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. Bailey’s confirmation was approved Thursday by a Senate voice vote. President Donald Trump nominated the Arizona attorney to the post on Feb. 12. Bailey attended law school at the University of Arizona and was admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in 1991. He previously served as a Maricopa County prosecutor for cases involving violent crimes. Source link

Hot mic captures Arizona GOP lawmakers’ frustration with colleagues

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CLOSE Arizona Reps. Ben Toma, R-Peoria and Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa. (Photo: The Republic) Arizona House Republicans were caught on a hot microphone on Thursday discussing how to penalize two of their colleagues for not going along with the state budget. An audio clip of the meeting, obtained by The Arizona Republic, features multiple members of the House GOP suggesting bills from two lawmakers not get hearings next year. The hot mic incident comes after weeks of tension among Republicans at the legislature, where a budget plan has stalled out as multiple GOP lawmakers held out their votes over issues they wanted […]

BC-AZ–Arizona News Digest, update, AZ |

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Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Arizona. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Phoenix bureau at 602-258-8934 or aparizona@ap.org. This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Mountain unless specified otherwise. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates. TOP STORIES: […]

Sen. McSally seeks national preservation for Sandra Day O’Connor house

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Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide Sen. Martha McSally has asked the National Park Service to formally designate former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s adobe home in Tempe as a national historic place. “Justice O’Connor used her home as the venue to bring other political leaders together to create solutions that solved Arizona’s policy challenges,” McSally wrote in a letter shared Thursday. “It was Justice O’Connor’s success in creating a cooperative environment for policy-making that enabled her to rise to become the Majority Leader in the State Senate, the first woman to do so in Arizona and […]

Mark Kelly criticized after onetime alleged ‘deadbeat’ hosts event

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CLOSE Mark Kelly speaks during his U.S. Senate campaign kickoff event at Hotel Congress, Feb. 23, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. (Photo: Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star) Democratic Senate hopeful Mark Kelly is under fire from Republicans for appearing at a fundraiser headlined by a man who more than a decade ago made headlines of his own: as one of Ontario, Canada’s “worst deadbeat parents.”  A fundraising invitation from Kelly’s campaign bills Blaine Tanner as a host at the Sedona reception last week along with his wife, Ellen Simon. The last time the couple made political headlines was in 2006, when Tanner’s […]

Ducey OKs move of Arizona primary date to early August

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PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation moving Arizona’s late-August primary date forward by three weeks to the first Tuesday of the month. The governor signed the measure by Republican Sen. David Gowan on Wednesday. The measure passed the House on a bipartisan 39-21 vote and the Senate on a 28-2 vote. Opponents in the House complained about longer campaigns and worried college students and some families may be out of town early in August and unable to vote. Backers said more time between the primary and general elections will give candidates longer to make their case […]

Improve Arizona schools? Here’s what could make the most difference

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CLOSE Opinion: What would most positively impact the quality of Arizona education? Here are key points from our Moving the Needle series. Third grader Deagan Hines, left, works with student teacher Clare McHale at Copper Trails School in Goodyear on March 6, 2019.  (Photo: Cheryl Evans/The Republic) What could Arizona do to make the most positive impact on schools? That’s the central question driving this Moving the Needle series. Yes, schools could use more cash. But we can’t fund everything. In that case, wouldn’t it be smart to focus on the things that research suggests would make the biggest difference for […]