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GAO: Air Force plan to retire A-10 did not fully weigh impact, costs

An A-10 Thunderbolt II from the 74th Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia flies over Afghanistan in this 2011 photo. (Photo by Master Sgt. William Greer/U.S. Air Force)

The Pentagon’s attempt to retire the A-10 fighter jet was based on insufficient information that did not fully consider vulnerabilities that could come from the loss of the “Warthog,” the Government Accountability Office said. The GAO report, released Wednesday, also said that because of shortcomings in its evaluation process, the Air Force “cannot ensure that… Read More →

Az Business honors Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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A crowd of nearly 500 packed Desert Botanical Garden Thursday to honor Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2016. “All the women we are honoring tonight have procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, leadership and innovation,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “These women are… Read More →

Sen. John McCain talks trade in Arizona

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With anti-trade rhetoric coming from both sides of this upcoming presidential election, Sen. John McCain offered his stance on why trade is of high importance to Arizona’s economy, Tuesday morning during a keynote speech. During the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce‘s Political Insider series with the senator, he said you don’t have to look much… Read More →

Kate Gallego: Most Influential Women in Arizona

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Kate Gallego, vice mayor, City of Phoenix Gallego, an advocate for infrastructure investment, chaired the campaign to pass Proposition 104, Phoenix’s 50-year transportation plan. Advice: “Negotiate your salary. I was proud to lead the effort to pass the Equal Pay Ordinance at the Phoenix City Council, which works toward closing the pay gap between men and women.… Read More →

Gilbert Chamber opposes minimum wage, marijuana ballot measures

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition to three 2016 ballot initiatives concerning fair wages and healthy families; hospital accountability and executive pay; and the regulation and taxation of marijuana in Arizona. “We firmly believe that these issues attempt to mandate employer workplace management through the ballot box which jeopardizes the growth of our economy,”… Read More →

Trump fundraising spikes in Arizona, still trails well behind Clinton’s

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised three times as much money from Arizona contributors in June as his total fundraising in the state in the preceding year, according to the latest reports from the Federal Election Commission. Trump brought in more than $340,000 from the state in June, after it became clear that he would… Read More →

Stanton says immigration reform should be a priority

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told a panel of mayors here that immigration reform needs to be Hillary Clinton’s “No. 1 domestic priority” if she is elected in November. Stanton stressed the importance of “young, bilingual, entrepreneurial” Latinos to Arizona’s economy, saying that comprehensive immigration reform would give the city a boost. “It would be an… Read More →

Arizona delegates hope for unity, progressive change after DNC email leak

Sanders delegate Michael Gordy said that while he will eventually vote for Hilary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee needs to focus on being truthful. (Photo by Joey Carrera/Cronkite News)

Sanders delegate Mikel Weisser was not surprised that leaked emails showed the Democratic National Committee apparently scheming to support Sanders’ rival, Hillary Clinton, in the Democratic primary that culminates with Clinton’s nomination here this week. Weisser said he’s too cynical for that. But Weisser also said he hoped the revelation could work to bring the… Read More →

No surprises: Arizona delivers all 58 delegation votes for Trump

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Arizona delegates cast all 58 of their votes Tuesday for Donald Trump, helping him complete his run to be the unlikely presidential nominee of the Republican Party in a red, white and blue sea of chanting convention delegates. Trump’s campaign outlasted 16 other Republican hopefuls and weathered intense criticism from some members of a divided… Read More →

Arizona official says proposed school regulations need tweaking

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An Arizona school superintendent testified Thursday that, without changes, proposed regulations implementing the law to replace No Child Left Behind could throw the state back into an “unfortunate” debate like the one over Common Core. Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Gail Pletnick was part of a panel of local education officials who told the Senate… Read More →

Officials back bill to encourage renewable energy on public lands

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, is hopeful his bill on renewable energy on public lands - with more than 60 co-sponsors - will pass because it “transcends political divisions.” (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

State and federal officials praised a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would encourage renewable energy development on public lands by streamlining the permitting process and letting local governments share in revenues from the projects. The bill would “level the playing field” between renewable and fossil fuel projects on federal lands by creating a streamlined leasing process… Read More →

Arizona, New Mexico senators team up to prevent sale of tribal items

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Arizona and New Mexico lawmakers teamed up this week to sponsor a bipartisan bill that would prevent the auction of sacred tribal items. The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act of 2016, sponsored by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, would tighten penalties for people trying to export these items for sale online or in… Read More →

Trump, Flake spar during likely GOP nominee’s visit to Congress

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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was on Capitol Hill to reach out to Republican lawmakers Thursday but ended up criticizing several instead, saving his sharpest comments for Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, according to published reports. Trump said he has not been hard so far on Flake, who has declined to endorse Trump’s candidacy, but… Read More →

The Trump wall, Brexit and Arizona trade relations: What Mexico’s top diplomat has to say

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Global competition, trade agreements and the budding economic relationship between Arizona and Mexico were on the agenda this week at the annual conference of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs, discussed how she feels about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the impact of a proposed wall along the Mexico border… Read More →