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Gilbert Chamber opposes minimum wage, marijuana ballot measures

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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition to three 2016 ballot initiatives concerning fair wages and healthy families; hospital accountability and executive pay; and the regulation and taxation of marijuana in Arizona. “We firmly believe that these issues attempt to mandate employer workplace management through the ballot box which jeopardizes the growth of our economy,”… Read More →

Trump fundraising spikes in Arizona, still trails well behind Clinton’s

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised three times as much money from Arizona contributors in June as his total fundraising in the state in the preceding year, according to the latest reports from the Federal Election Commission. Trump brought in more than $340,000 from the state in June, after it became clear that he would… Read More →

Stanton says immigration reform should be a priority

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Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton told a panel of mayors here that immigration reform needs to be Hillary Clinton’s “No. 1 domestic priority” if she is elected in November. Stanton stressed the importance of “young, bilingual, entrepreneurial” Latinos to Arizona’s economy, saying that comprehensive immigration reform would give the city a boost. “It would be an… Read More →

Arizona delegates hope for unity, progressive change after DNC email leak

Sanders delegate Michael Gordy said that while he will eventually vote for Hilary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee needs to focus on being truthful. (Photo by Joey Carrera/Cronkite News)

Sanders delegate Mikel Weisser was not surprised that leaked emails showed the Democratic National Committee apparently scheming to support Sanders’ rival, Hillary Clinton, in the Democratic primary that culminates with Clinton’s nomination here this week. Weisser said he’s too cynical for that. But Weisser also said he hoped the revelation could work to bring the… Read More →

No surprises: Arizona delivers all 58 delegation votes for Trump

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Arizona delegates cast all 58 of their votes Tuesday for Donald Trump, helping him complete his run to be the unlikely presidential nominee of the Republican Party in a red, white and blue sea of chanting convention delegates. Trump’s campaign outlasted 16 other Republican hopefuls and weathered intense criticism from some members of a divided… Read More →

Arizona official says proposed school regulations need tweaking

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An Arizona school superintendent testified Thursday that, without changes, proposed regulations implementing the law to replace No Child Left Behind could throw the state back into an “unfortunate” debate like the one over Common Core. Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Gail Pletnick was part of a panel of local education officials who told the Senate… Read More →

Officials back bill to encourage renewable energy on public lands

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, is hopeful his bill on renewable energy on public lands - with more than 60 co-sponsors - will pass because it “transcends political divisions.” (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

State and federal officials praised a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would encourage renewable energy development on public lands by streamlining the permitting process and letting local governments share in revenues from the projects. The bill would “level the playing field” between renewable and fossil fuel projects on federal lands by creating a streamlined leasing process… Read More →

Arizona, New Mexico senators team up to prevent sale of tribal items

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Arizona and New Mexico lawmakers teamed up this week to sponsor a bipartisan bill that would prevent the auction of sacred tribal items. The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act of 2016, sponsored by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, would tighten penalties for people trying to export these items for sale online or in… Read More →

Trump, Flake spar during likely GOP nominee’s visit to Congress

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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was on Capitol Hill to reach out to Republican lawmakers Thursday but ended up criticizing several instead, saving his sharpest comments for Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, according to published reports. Trump said he has not been hard so far on Flake, who has declined to endorse Trump’s candidacy, but… Read More →

The Trump wall, Brexit and Arizona trade relations: What Mexico’s top diplomat has to say

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Global competition, trade agreements and the budding economic relationship between Arizona and Mexico were on the agenda this week at the annual conference of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs, discussed how she feels about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the impact of a proposed wall along the Mexico border… Read More →

Ducey signs executive order revoking public funds for lobbyists

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Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order Wednesday that ends state contracts with professional lobbyists, ending a long-standing practice of state government entities spending public money on lobbying, according to the governor’s office. The executive order affects all government-funded contract lobbyists at all state agencies, boards and commissions. Ducey signed the order in an effort… Read More →

‘Right to try’ advocates rally for access to experimental treatments

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, said his “right to try” bill, to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs, is partly in honor of Arizona state Rep. Laura Knaperek, who drove the cause in Arizona. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara/Cronkite News)

When Paul Rushin’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, she underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy before being told she was cancer-free. But in 2015, the cancer was back and had spread to her left hip, inoperable and leaving the Anthem woman facing chemotherapy for the rest of her life. “Being on chemo for… Read More →

Flake: Building ‘fortress America’ won’t help economic growth

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America cannot grow economically if it closes the borders to commerce and builds “fortress America,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Wednesday at a conference on U.S.-Mexico trade. Flake, the keynote speaker at the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute’s “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border” conference, said the strong trade partnership between the U.S. and its southern… Read More →

Former Congressman John Shadegg joins Polsinelli

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Former U.S. Congressman John B. Shadegg joined Polsinelli’s Phoenix and Washington, D.C. offices, Tuesday, as shareholder. Shadegg brings extensive experience to Polsinelli’s national Public Policy Practice, including eight terms in Congress where he demonstrated leadership and a passion for health care and energy issues on behalf of the country and Arizonans specifically. “Polsinelli has an established and… Read More →