Politics Archives

What would you do with a billion dollars?

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Last week, Representative Bob Robson , Speaker pro tempore of the Arizona House of Representatives introduced House Bill 2033 which would create a funding vehicle to enable our universities to maintain and expand our research infrastructure at that level. At a time when the state is projecting a $500 million budget shortfall in fiscal 2014-15… Read More →

Phoenix Chamber appoints new VP of public affairs

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The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce today announced the appointment of Mike Huckins as Vice President of Public Affairs. Huckins will spearhead the Chamber’s lobbying efforts at the Capitol, oversee the Chamber’s public affairs and seven issue committees, as well as provide leadership for the Chamber’s internal public affairs team. “We are thrilled to welcome… Read More →

Will campaign contributions lower your tax rates?

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Many politicians will tell you that donating to their campaigns does not affect the way they vote or design laws. However, a new study from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University suggests regular ongoing contributions do help provide access to influential lawmakers and that companies making campaign contributions specifically to… Read More →

Battle brews for Arizona microbreweries

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Some of Arizona’s most successful microbreweries are brewing for a legislative battle to hang onto their business. Four Peaks and San Tan brewing companies are in danger of losing their restaurants that aren’t attached to brewing operations once they surpass a production cap, the Arizona Capitol Times reported. Both companies have been close to going… Read More →

E-cigarette tax could generate $6M a year for Arizona

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The Arizona Legislature’s budget analysts say a tax on electronic cigarettes could bring $6 million a year in new revenue into the state’s coffers. The analysis released by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee bases that figure on taxing the nicotine vapor smokes at the same ratio as the current $2 per pack tax on regular… Read More →

Phoenix Earns Perfect Score on Equality Index

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For the second straight year, the City of Phoenix has earned a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s municipal equality index (MEI), which measures how supportive U.S. communities are of the gay and lesbian community. Last year, Phoenix was one of the most improved cities in the nation and became the first… Read More →

Marriage Equality Coming to Arizona

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Today U.S. District Court Judge John Sedwick ruled against Arizona’s constitutional amendment banning marriage equality, making Arizona the latest state to see such a ban struck down in court since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its historic marriage rulings last June. “This is a wonderful day for Arizona,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Today’s… Read More →

GPEC honors Stanton’s development efforts

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Mayor Greg Stanton was honored by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) with its Outstanding Regional Contribution award for his continuing efforts to promote regional economic development a priority. “Mayor Stanton has been a tremendous advocate for the greater Phoenix region, and an active voice at the economic development table,” said GPEC President and CEO… Read More →

Arizona Opens Mexico City Trade Office

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The State of Arizona today announced the strategic expansion of its presence and investment in Mexico with the launch of the Arizona State Trade and Investment Office. The grand opening of the Arizona office located in Mexico City was the culminating event of an Arizona-led trade mission conducted this week to strengthen the state’s relationship… Read More →

GoDaddy Opens Global Technology Center in Tempe

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Ryan Companies today joined Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, GoDaddy executives, Arizona State University, government and economic development officials and local business leaders to celebrate the opening of the GoDaddy Global Technology Center at ASU Research Park. Ryan Companies is the developer for the project and provided design/build services along with its partner, the Smith Group.… Read More →

AZ Nurses Association Endorses Prop. 480

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The Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA) has announced its strong support for ‘Yes on 480,’ giving the campaign another boost of momentum and the backing of a major health care group. AzNA’s mission is to promote and advance professional nursing in Arizona and the group points out that Maricopa Medical Center is a premier teaching and… Read More →

Phoenix Center Announces Mayor’s Arts Awards

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Phoenix Center for the Arts will present the Mayor’s Arts Awards, November 21, 2014, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets cost just $75 and are available for purchase at the Phoenix Center for the Arts box office or by calling 602-254-3100. Art lovers and community-minded individuals can reserve their spot in this… Read More →

Pearce quits GOP post over Medicaid remarks

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Former Arizona legislator Russell Pearce, the chief sponsor of Arizona’s hard-line law against illegal immigration, has resigned a top leadership position in the state Republican Party after he was criticized for remarks advocating mandatory contraception or sterilization for people on Medicaid. The party late Sunday night announced Pearce’s resignation as first vice chairman — the… Read More →

AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men. They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception… Read More →