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Brewer makes changes to her senior staff

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has made changes to her senior staff, appointing a new deputy chief of staff and state Department of Administration director. Brewer announced Thursday that Kathy Peckardt is her new deputy chief of staff. Peckardt has been director of human resources at the Department of Administration since 2002. The governor says Brian… Read More →

Brewer names new chief of staff

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Gov. Jan Brewer is promoting Scott Smith to be her new chief of staff, replacing Eileen Klein who has accepted the state Board of Regents’ top staff job. Smith was Brewer’s top legislative lobbyist before becoming her deputy chief of staff, He is also director of the state Department of Administration and was point man… Read More →

ASU launches center to focus on Latino issues

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Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy has launched a center that will focus on increasing the state’s understanding of Latino issues. The university says the Morrison Institute Latino Public Policy Center’s mission isn’t advocacy, but rather to provide a place where groups, business leaders, educators and others can exchange thoughts about the issues.… Read More →

The Arizona Chamber’s guide to the ballot propositions

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October 19, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics

With less than three weeks remaining before the 2012 General Election, many Arizonans are getting ready to put their early ballots in the mail. Before you fill in those boxes with ink and head to the post office, please take a moment to review the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s recommendations on statewide propositions.… Read More →

A look at the 9 measures on Arizona ballot

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Here are the nine voter initiative and legislative referendum measures on Arizona’s Nov. 6 general election ballot: SALES TAX INCREASE — Proposition 204 would replace a penny-on-the-dollar temporary sales tax increase set to expire in mid-2013 with a permanent increase of the same size. Revenue would have to be used for education, construction projects and… Read More →

Paid time off to vote? Yes, in Arizona!

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October 17, 2012 by in Business News | Politics | Workforce

As the November election approaches, Americans gear up to exercise their greatest civic duty — voting. But finding the time to vote is a luxury many working voters struggle with. However, Arizona law simplifies this process by dictating that employers must give eligible voters up to three hours of paid leave in order to vote… Read More →

Campaign issue: Energy

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Americans depend on energy for everything from driving their cars to powering factories, homes and offices — and of course our smartphones, laptops and tablets. How that energy is produced and where it comes from affect jobs, the economy and the environment. Where they stand: President Barack Obama proposes an “all of the above” strategy… Read More →

Brewer appoints Republican judge to Supreme Court

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October 12, 2012 by in Business News | Legal | Politics

Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Ann Scott Timmer is Gov. Jan Brewer’s choice to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Supreme Court. The 52-year-old Republican was one of three finalists nominated by a state screening commission. Timmer replaces former Justice Andrew Hurwitz, a Democrat, and her appointment changes the court’s partisan makeup to four Republicans… Read More →

Obama releases September Housing Scorecard

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury today released the September edition of the Obama Administration’s Housing Scorecard – a comprehensive report on the nation’s housing market. Data continue to show signs that the housing market is strengthening – home equity has increased by $860 billion… Read More →

Politics and Social Security

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The issue: Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security will run out of money in 2033, according to the trustees who oversee the retirement and disability program. At that point, Social Security would collect only enough tax revenue each year to pay about 75 percent of benefits. That benefit cut wouldn’t sit… Read More →

Prosperity Project educates businesses about election issues

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October 5, 2012 by in Business News | Economy | Politics | Small Biz

Last week I talked about jobs – the issue everyone should be talking about, but isn’t. Jobs and the economy are the number one issues for voters this election season. The majority of voters want to enter the voting booth armed with facts about the candidates on their ballot. They want to know how these… Read More →

Jobs report gives Obama a boost

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President Barack Obama got much-needed good news Friday following his disappointing debate performance as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. Republican rival Mitt Romney said Obama still hasn’t done enough to create jobs. The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring unemployment… Read More →

Jobless rate falls below 8%

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The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away. The rate declined from 8.1 percent because the number of people who said they were employed soared by 873,000… Read More →

Arpaio far ahead in fundraising in sheriff’s race

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September 30, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Republican Joe Arpaio remains the leader in fundraising in the race for Maricopa County sheriff. The Republican incumbent raised $457,000 from Aug. 9 through Sept. 17 and had $3.8 million in his re-election campaign fund at the end of the period. The campaign for Democrat Paul Penzone says it raised $138,000 during that period and… Read More →