Politics Archives

Number of independent voters in Arizona grows

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The number of independent voters has continued to grow in the months since they passed Republicans as the largest voter bloc in Arizona. The change continues a pattern that has been ongoing for years — a growing number of voters don’t want to be associated with either major political party. Figures released by the Secretary… Read More →

Phoenix Makes Case to Host Democratic Convention in ’16

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City and government officials in Phoenix are currently preparing for a visit Sept. 9-11 from the Democratic National Committee. Phoenix joins four other cities – New York City; Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; and Birmingham, Ala. – as finalists to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The committee of Democratic officials to visit Phoenix makes up the… Read More →

Glendale votes Tuesday on casino plan

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The Glendale City Council will consider an agreement next week with the Tohono O’odham Nation over its plan to build a casino resort near the city’s sports and entertainment district. City officials posted a draft agreement of the deal Wednesday. The council is scheduled to vote on the project Tuesday night. The southern Arizona tribe… Read More →

Glendale supports tribe’s casino plan

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The Glendale City Council has approved a resolution to support the Tohono O’Odham Nation’s proposal to build a casino near the city’s sports and entertainment district. The council voted 4-3 Tuesday to back the plan that the tribe projects will have a $300 million annual economic impact. The Tohono O’Odham has been pushing a proposal… Read More →

Phoenix eyes Mexico City Trade Office

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The Phoenix City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to move forward with plans to partner with the Arizona Commerce Authority to open an Arizona Trade Office in Mexico City. “Phoenix is taking the right steps to become a global city, and we’re ready to open our first trade office in Mexico City,” said Mayor Greg… Read More →

Each Class of Dropouts costs Arizona $7.6B

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The more than 18,000 Arizona students who dropped out of high school this year will produce $7.6 billion less economic activity over their lifetimes than if those same students had graduated, according to a new report by the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable. Cutting the dropout rate in half would generate $3.8 billion more in economic… Read More →

Stanton Advances Efforts on Marriage Equality

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Mayor Greg Stanton and mayors from across the nation joined together to make a strong statement in favor of marriage equality. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Dallas this weekend, Stanton also led the effort to pass a Climate Protection Agreement and received the City Livability Award for Phoenix’s Veterans Court initiative. “We… Read More →

A Priority For The Next Governor

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Three of Arizona’s five Democrat members of Congress last week joined all four of their Republican colleagues from the state to accomplish what a similar bipartisan majority in the Arizona Legislature did earlier this year: It loaded a badly needed shot in the arm for the small-business owners who generate almost every new job in… Read More →

Poll: Education remains top priority for Arizona voters

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Education is one of the most important issues facing Arizona according to a recent poll of 500 likely voters in Arizona conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Expect More Arizona. Furthermore, more than 6-in-10 of those surveyed say education is “one of the most important” or “a very important” issue as they decide… Read More →

Child safety is job one of special legislative sesion

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I usually use this space to write about the pressing business issues of the day. Things like taxes and regulations and other items critical to job creation in Arizona. But this week the attention deserves to be on kids in the state’s care. The problems that have plagued Child Protective Services have been well documented.… Read More →

Legislative session wraps with wins for business

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Ninety state legislators and Gov. Jan Brewer made their way through a myriad of bills in workmanlike fashion in the recently completed legislative session, wrapping up their work in an efficient 101 days. The session produced a number of wins for the Arizona Chamber and the larger business community demonstrating once again why Arizona has… Read More →

Equal Pay for Equal Work

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President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order for the non-retaliation for disclosure of compensation information on April 8, 2014. The next day, April 9, 2014, the Paycheck Fairness Act failed to pass in the Senate with a vote of 53-44, missing the needed 60 votes. In part one of this article, the Ban Bossy campaign… Read More →

Brewer OKs tax cut law for manufacturers

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates sales taxes on electricity and natural gas purchased by manufacturers and mining smelters, a move she said was needed to make the state more attractive to large businesses. Brewer signed Senate Bill 1413 at a Capitol ceremony attended by a couple of… Read More →

Stanton, Gallego Work to Close Gender Pay Gap

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Mayor Greg Stanton and Councilwoman Kate Gallego announced Tuesday a new effort to ensure that City of Phoenix contractors – those paid with taxpayer dollars – practice equal pay for equal work among men and women. This morning, on National Equal Pay Day, Stanton asked Gallego to lead an effort over the next few months… Read More →