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R&R Partners Wins Big

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R&R Partners’ government and public affairs and public relations practices were big winners at the 2013 Best of the Capitol Awards held this week at the Phoenix Art Museum. Jim Norton, R&R’s government and public affairs director, was recognized as Best Lobbyist. Norton, an instrumental force behind the passage of key legislation over the past… Read More →

R&R Partners Wins Big

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R&R Partners’ government and public affairs and public relations practices were big winners at the 2013 Best of the Capitol Awards held this week at the Phoenix Art Museum. Jim Norton, R&R’s government and public affairs director, was recognized as Best Lobbyist. Norton, an instrumental force behind the passage of key legislation over the past… Read More →

Mesa mayor leads US Conference of Mayors

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Mesa Mayor Scott Smith has been sworn in as 71st president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The outgoing USCM president is Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. Nutter appointed Smith as head of the nonpartisan organization during its 81st annual meeting Monday in Las Vegas. More than 200 mayors met to discuss a broad range… Read More →

Major victories for same-sex marriage

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In a historic victory for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. “Today’s significant ruling will likely spur further expansion of protections for LGBT individuals,” said Nonnie Shivers,… Read More →

Ben Quayle joins Clark Hill PLC

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Former Rep. Ben Quayle is moving on from politics after losing to another sitting congressman in last year’s Republican primary. Quayle is joining the law firm of Clark Hill PLC as a senior director in the firm’s government and public affairs practice group. The son of former Vice President Dan Quayle will work in both… Read More →

Coalition Formed to Combat Proposed EPA Regulations

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June 18, 2013 by in Business News | Economy | Energy | Politics

A group of Arizona business leaders and politicians announced that they have created a coalition to address proposed regulations on the Navajo Generating Station. The Arizona Coalition for Water, Energy and Jobs said in a press conference on Tuesday that regulations proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, if implemented, will have an adverse effect… Read More →

Arizona citizenship proof ruled illegal

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. The justices voted 7-2 to throw out Arizona’s voter-approved requirement that prospective voters document their U.S. citizenship in order to use a registration… Read More →

Arizona lawmakers adopt sales tax overhaul

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The Arizona Legislature adopted a major overhaul of the state’s complicated sales tax collection system in the final hours of the session Thursday night after a deal with cities and towns removed a major roadblock. Municipalities led by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns were able to hold off the overhaul after raising concerns… Read More →

Brewer's Medicaid expansion plan secured

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Arizona lawmakers have endorsed a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care law in a huge political victory for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, after a lengthy fight over Medicaid expansion that divided the state’s Republican leadership. The expansion that will extend health care to 300,000 more low-income Arizonans came after months of stalled negotiations,… Read More →

Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan secured

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Arizona lawmakers have endorsed a key element of President Barack Obama’s health care law in a huge political victory for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, after a lengthy fight over Medicaid expansion that divided the state’s Republican leadership. The expansion that will extend health care to 300,000 more low-income Arizonans came after months of stalled negotiations,… Read More →

Gabrielle Giffords named Woman of the Year

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A Democratic women’s leadership group has named former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords its Woman of the Year. Emerge Arizona honored Giffords at a ceremony Thursday night at a downtown Phoenix hotel. The group is part of a 10-state network offering a training program to help qualified Democratic women run for public office. The 42-year-old Giffords… Read More →

Behring named Scottsdale's city manager

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Sterling Award.

The Scottsdale City Council has selected Fritz Behring to be the new city manager. Behring has been Pinal County’s manager and also has been city manager in two Florida cities and one in Nebraska. City officials announced the selection Wednesday. Behring was one of three finalists for the Scottsdale job, which attracted 50 applicants in… Read More →

Behring named Scottsdale’s city manager

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Sterling Award.

The Scottsdale City Council has selected Fritz Behring to be the new city manager. Behring has been Pinal County’s manager and also has been city manager in two Florida cities and one in Nebraska. City officials announced the selection Wednesday. Behring was one of three finalists for the Scottsdale job, which attracted 50 applicants in… Read More →

$2.2 billion Maricopa County budget advances

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has advanced a $2.2 billion budget proposal that would lower spending, reduce taxes and increase employee pay. Arizona’s most populous county plans to decrease its spending by $82.4 million next year. The proposed budget also includes the first employee pay increase in five years. The county employs about 13,000… Read More →

Tax reform aims to help small businesses

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During the State of the Union address, President Obama said that tax reform is a key issue for small businesses today. Specifically, the president stressed that many small businesses are overwhelmed with administrative tasks associated with tax filing and deserve the opportunity to focus on strategic areas of their business that could help them grow… Read More →

Brewer Declares May 'Arizona Small Business Month'

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Arizona State Governor Janice K. Brewer approved the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) proclamation to declare May 2013 “Arizona Small Business Month.” The proclamation will be presented at ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference on May 16 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale during the “State of Small Business Breakfast.” Speaking at the State… Read More →

Brewer Declares May ‘Arizona Small Business Month’

Jan Brewer

Arizona State Governor Janice K. Brewer approved the Arizona Small Business Association’s (ASBA) proclamation to declare May 2013 “Arizona Small Business Month.” The proclamation will be presented at ASBA’s 1st Annual Arizona Small Business Conference on May 16 at The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale during the “State of Small Business Breakfast.” Speaking at the State… Read More →

Andrew Thomas will run for governor

Runoff Election, Early Voting Phoenix Mayor, Council

Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas says he’s planning to run for Arizona governor in 2014. Thomas served as county attorney from 2005 until he resigned in 2010 to unsuccessfully run for Arizona attorney general. A three-member disciplinary panel of the Arizona courts disbarred Thomas about a year ago for failed corruption investigations that he… Read More →

Phoenix health tax ordinance approved

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Phoenix has received federal approval of its plan to tax local hospitals and use the resulting revenue to obtain a larger amount of federal dollars for health care provided under the state’s Medicaid program. The Arizona Republic reports that city officials announced Wednesday the federal approval of the ordinance adopted last December by the City… Read More →

ACC’s Burns won’t seek re-election

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Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns says she has no plans to run for a second term. Burns made the announcement Friday. She says she will continue to be a watchdog for Arizona ratepayers until her current term ends. Burns says she would have liked to put off making the announcement until 2014, but she decided… Read More →

ACC's Burns won't seek re-election

Runoff Election, Early Voting Phoenix Mayor, Council

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns says she has no plans to run for a second term. Burns made the announcement Friday. She says she will continue to be a watchdog for Arizona ratepayers until her current term ends. Burns says she would have liked to put off making the announcement until 2014, but she decided… Read More →

Brewer signs photo radar bill

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring state transportation officials to confirm there’s a legitimate safety need before they allow cities to put photo enforcement cameras on state highways. A Senate amendment to House Bill 2477 passed by the Legislature softened a requirement that cities show photo enforcement has improved safety if they… Read More →

Obama unveils $3.8 trillion spending plan

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April 10, 2013 by in Economy | Politics

President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.8 trillion spending blueprint on Wednesday that strives to achieve a “grand bargain” to tame runaway deficits, raising taxes on the wealthy and trimming popular benefit programs including Social Security and Medicare. The president’s budget projects deficit reductions of $1.8 trillion over the next decade, achieved with higher taxes,… Read More →

Grand Canyon-sized tax reform

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The recent Grand Canyon Institute report “The Effects of Tax Reductions In Arizona: Significantly Reduced Government Revenue and No Apparent Impact on Economic Growth,” dismisses the bipartisan efforts to improve Arizona’s tax competitiveness over the past two decades and defies common sense. Does anyone really believe that Arizona would be better off with significantly higher… Read More →