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Michelle Obama blasts Trump in Phoenix

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke of hope and a leader who needs to be smart and generous at Phoenix Civic Center. Photo by Kristiana Faddoul/Cronkite News)

Thousands flocked to downtown Phoenix on Thursday to see First Lady Michelle Obama campaign for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The Arizona Democratic Party Early Vote Rally took place at the Phoenix Convention Center following campaign stops from Bernie Sanders in Flagstaff and Chelsea Clinton at Arizona State University earlier in the week. Obama began the speech… Read More →

Clinton leads Trump in Arizona by 5 points


Democrat Hillary Clinton now holds a five-point lead over Republican Donald Trump in the presidential race in Arizona, though more than 20 percent of the state’s likely voters say they are undecided, according to the latest Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News Poll. In the statewide poll of 713 likely voters, 39 percent said they plan to vote… Read More →

Arizona fares poorly on civic engagement ranking

Voter turnout is expected to be above average this fall, but a report on overall civic engagement - from voting to helping neighbors - said Arizona fared poorly compared to other states. (Photo by redjar/Creative Commons)

Arizonans have lower rates of civic engagement than residents of most other states, likely because they are a “state of newcomers” who do not feel the need to build a sense of place, a public policy expert said Friday. Lattie Coor, chairman and CEO of the Center for the Future of Arizona, cited Arizona’s low… Read More →

Arizona Small Business Association opposes Prop 205


Small businesses are the life blood of Arizona business, and every day the nearly 500,000 Arizona small businesses struggle to provide goods/services, pay employees, provide benefits and make a profit. It seems that more small businesses would benefit the Arizona economy. Proposition 205, Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana, would legalize the sale of recreational marijuana… Read More →

East Valley Partnership opposes marijuana initiative


The East Valley Partnership Board of Directors voted to oppose Proposition 205, the ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Based on significant concerns with the impact on businesses, schools and the community as a whole, East Valley Partnership Board members voiced opposition to the proposed Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act. “After… Read More →

What’s happening in Arizona this election season?

Phoenix Election Day - Propositions 1 & 2

For those of you who have been paying attention to this election season since its start last summer, fatigue is an understatement. With just a little more than a month away from Nov. 8, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel of experts who offered their projections and insights on this roller coaster… Read More →

Do Downtown Phoenix’s environmental problems lie in Legislature?

by in AZ Business Magazine | Green | Politics

Located in one of the most arid regions of the United States, the city of Phoenix struggles with reducing its environmental footprint. The Sierra Club’s 2016 Environmental Report Card, which grades Arizona’s governor and all its legislators based on their efforts to promote environmental change, showcased Arizona’s lack of change, citing the legislature at the… Read More →

What to do if politics are taking over the office

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Politics

The popular saying “never talk about politics or religion” exists as a rule of etiquette because of the potential conflict those topics can create, says Shawn Oller, office managing shareholder for Littler in Phoenix. “Even in the best circumstances, political discussions bring forth very strong personal opinions from all sides,” Oller says. Political discussions in… Read More →

Report: Disabled Americans more engaged with 2016 election


A new Pew Research Center analysis shows that Americans with disabilities are more engaged with the current election than the general public, although they are less likely to turn out on election day because “they face a number of obstacles to voting.” The report, A Political Profile of Disabled Americans, found that nearly three-quarters of the… Read More →

Marijuana legalization could boost education funding


Proposition 205, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, could be a boon for the state’s public education system, with the potential of bringing in $55 million a year should it win at the ballot box on Nov. 8 Sen. Martin Quezada said, on the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol website, Arizona schools are in desperate… Read More →

Stanton, other mayors urge Congress to break Zika gridlock


Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and 76 other Mayors from across the country wrote an open letter to congressional leaders, urging them to pass the Zika bill that has been gridlocked in congress. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are 18,611 confirmed Zika cases in the U.S. The letter the mayors released… Read More →

2016 Arizona primary results

John McCain

Last night’s Primary races in Arizona ran much smoother than the state’s Presidential Primary (unless you were tracking the election on the Arizona Secretary of State website, which crashed much through the night) and the results are in. Some precincts are still reporting, according to the Dorn Policy Group, but the group stated many of the… Read More →

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


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 →