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Arizona’s rocky relationship with the EPA

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August 12, 2013 by in Columnist Spotlight | Politics

I’d imagine that the speechwriter preparing President Obama for his visit to Phoenix this week was hard pressed to come up with many highlights in the White House-Arizona relationship. We’ve had a rocky marriage over the past five years. From health care, to tax policy, to labor relations, the administration has made it harder to… Read More →

Flake tops The Hill’s ‘most beautiful’ list

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August 5, 2013 by in Featured | Politics

Sen. Jeff Flake had already made something of a name for himself as a freshman, by being one of the bipartisan “Gang of 8″ that drafted a sweeping immigration reform bill. Now the Arizona Republican can boast of another freshman achievement: most-beautiful person on Capitol Hill. Flake was awarded the top spot Wednesday in The… Read More →

Napolitano steps down as Homeland Security Secretary

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor who led the burgeoning Department of Homeland Security through a host of policy changes in the post 9/11 era, is resigning to head the University of California system. Napolitano, just the third person to lead the 10-year-old department, told her senior staff Friday she would be… Read More →

Legislative Session Improves Business Landscape in Arizona

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The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), the largest trade association in Arizona representing over 11,000 member businesses in all 15 counties, tracked 65 bills during Arizona’s 51st Legislature (Jan. 14 – June 13, 2013), eight of which were Priority Bills. ASBA has announced all eight Priority Bills passed. “We have a strong sense of responsibility… 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 →

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

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 →