Politics Archives

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema: Most Influential Women

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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, 9th District Greatest accomplishment: “We took immediate action when we learned about the tragedies at the Phoenix VA. Since last summer, we’ve held three veterans resource clinics, established a mental health working group, and passed laws to increase accountability and improve the quality of VA healthcare.” Childhood aspiration: “In first grade, I told… Read More →

Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women

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A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. “The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women… Read More →

Arizona beer has an economic kick in terms of jobs, taxes

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When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says “everything is improved by the presence of a brewery,” he’s talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind. “Anytime you can put a business between two breweries, you’ll see a much more foot traffic in that area, and… Read More →

Business community brings down hammer on CCEC

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One of the most important things going on in Arizona politics right now is something you may not even know about. Arizona’s Citizens Clean Election Commission (CCEC) is working hard to change state election laws by proposing new rules that would sweep countless businesses under its jurisdiction in unprecedented ways. The business community has already… Read More →

GPEC CEO will participate in White House Panel

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The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) President & CEO, Chris Camacho, will be speaking at the White House today during the 4th annual White House Forum on Economic Development, hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and SelectUSA. More than 50 economic developers from around the nation will attend the one-day event, where they… Read More →

MBA students raise taxes in capitol day exercise

Megan Faust, Matt Anderson (second and third from left) and classmates receive guidance from Cox proctors during the executive MBA Business Strategy and Public Policy course.

In a twist of irony, about 40 executive MBA students acting as legislators and advocates voted in a slight increase in taxes to balance a mock state budget on Wednesday, July 22nd. The students, many of whom are employed in Arizona businesses, passed the final vote after two days of learning about policy making and… Read More →

Phoenix ranked No. 1 for energy efficiency

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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has ranked Phoenix the Number 1 big-city local government in the nation for energy efficiency. The Council lauded the city for achieving its 2015 goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in local government operations and then resetting its targets to be even more stringent. The City of Phoenix… Read More →

How will overtime expansion impact Arizona business?

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The Department of Labor announced plans Tuesday to expand overtime guarantees to about 5 million salaried workers who are not now covered, including an estimated 100,000 white-collar workers in Arizona. The proposed rule would more than double the threshold at which a salaried worker has been ruled ineligible for overtime pay, from the current $23,660… Read More →

Defense department honors Glendale, Snell & Wilmer

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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced today that two employers in Arizona have been awarded the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The City of Glendale and Snell & Wilmer LLP, a law firm based in Phoenix, were two of 15 employers from across the… Read More →

Partisan system: Is it working? Is it fair?

Author Paul Johnson, former mayor of Phoenix, is chairman of The Nonpartisan Movement's 501c4 in Arizona.

The evidence says that we should be optimistic about the future.  Through innovation, entrepreneurs and dynamic businesses, we are on get verge of driverless cars, new energy sources, a cure for cancer, extending human life and untold millions of other wonderful discoveries.  Here in Arizona we have an amazing potential for job growth and an… Read More →

Margie Emmerman earns Global Citizen Award

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Phoenix Greg Stanton honored Emmermann as the recipient of the city of Phoenix Global Citizen Award at the second annual Mayor’s International Gala hosted by Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and enhancing global connections. Emmermann was recognized as an individual who embraces the qualities of a global citizen and who… Read More →

Randy Johnson will get first key to the City of Phoenix

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Mayor Greg Stanton will present Arizona Diamondbacks legend and Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson with Key to the City during a public ceremony at Noon, this Friday, June 5 at City Hall.  The “Big Unit” will be the first person to ever receive a Key to the City of Phoenix. Johnson was the… Read More →

Former AG Grant Woods releases new CD, plans concert

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As Arizona’s Attorney General during the 1990s, Grant Woods used indictments, lawsuits, and legislation to upset the status quo. Now, instead of government, the former Arizona top prosecutor is turning to music to create change. The Project, a collaboration of Arizona musical all-stars performing 10 of Woods’ original songs, will be released today. Performers on… Read More →

Ducey declares this Arizona Travel and Tourism Week

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Governor Doug Ducey, along with the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT), has proclaimed May 2-10, 2015 as Arizona Travel and Tourism Week. The recognition honors Arizona’s tourism industry as a top revenue generator for the state. Arizona Travel and Tourism Week coincides with the U.S. Travel Association’s annual celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week.… Read More →