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Will Bennett block Brewer from seeking 3rd term?

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December 11, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett says he might try to block Gov. Jan Brewer from getting on the ballot if she tries to run for another term. Brewer has floated the idea that term limits don’t prevent her from running again because she wasn’t elected to the partial term she held after Democrat Janet… Read More →

Governor’s task force making right moves on sales tax

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December 8, 2012 by in Blogs | Featured | Politics | Small Biz

One of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s top legislative priorities for 2013 is to simplify our state’s sales tax system.  Our sales tax is so complicated that you might be surprised to learn that Arizona does not technically have a sales tax. Rather, we have a transaction privilege tax (TPT), something that requires… Read More →

Avoiding the fiscal cliff

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The Obama administration and House Republicans have unveiled their opening offers in talks to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. Details are scant but the White House estimates its plan would carve $4.4 trillion from the deficit over the coming decade, including previously enacted cuts ($1 trillion) and savings from reduced costs for overseas military operations… Read More →

Avondale mayor named NLC president

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The mayor of Avondale has been named as the leader of the National League of Cities. The NLC made the announcement Saturday that Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers would be the organization’s president for 2013. Rogers says she is deeply honored to be elected to the one-year position. The vote on a new president came at… Read More →

Brewer will let feds run health exchange for Ariz.

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has decided against creating a state-run health insurance exchange to implement a key part of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law. Brewer’s decision announced Wednesday means the federal government will set up an online marketplace for the state, offering subsidized private health coverage to the middle class. The governor reiterated… Read More →

Tackle Popular Immigration Reforms Now

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November 28, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Following the results of the election, there appears to be a real window in Washington, D.C. to do something meaningful on immigration. The just reelected president has made immigration reform a first tier priority.  And many Republicans believe that dealing with this issue is essential to restoring to their party some attractiveness with the two… Read More →

Brewer postpones decision in insurance exchange

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is postponing when she’ll declare whether Arizona will create a state-run insurance exchange as part of implementing the federal health law that she opposes. Brewer’s office disclosed the postponement on the hot-potato issue late Thursday after the federal Department of Health and Human Services extended until mid-December a deadline for states… Read More →

Kavanagh returns as House Appropriations chair

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November 16, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Fountain Hills Republican John Kavanagh will return as chairman of the state House Appropriations Committee when Arizona lawmakers report in January for their 2013 regular session. Kavanagh’s return as Appropriations chairman is among 18 committee chairmanships announced Thursday by Speaker Andy Tobin in a post-election reorganization. Other returning House chairmen include Bob Robson for the… Read More →

Brewer faces choice on Arizona health exchange

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Gov. Jan Brewer is being pulled one way by major business groups and another by fellow conservatives as she faces a fast-approaching deadline to decide whether to implement a key part of the federal health care law. The decision, due Friday, will determine if Arizona creates a state-run, online marketplace for consumers to use when… Read More →

Sinema wins Arizona congressional seat

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November 12, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

Former Democratic state Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has been elected to represent a new Phoenix-area congressional district, emerging victorious after a bitterly fought race that featured millions of dollars in attack ads. Sinema becomes the first openly bisexual member of Congress. Her victory came in a year when three states approved gay marriage, and at least… Read More →

Scottsdale ranked No. 1 for Republican singles

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November 8, 2012 by in Business News | Politics

While Democrats had a big win with President Obama this week, Republicans, do not fret. As a consolation prize for the presidential race, Chemistry.com has released the Top 10 Cities Where Republicans are Still Irresistible. The site reveals where conservatives are in the highest demand online, showing the top U.S. cities where red reigns. Republican… Read More →

Gov. Brewer will start race at PIR

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November 7, 2012 by in Business News | Politics | Sports

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has been selected as the Honorary Starter for the AdvoCare 500, Phoenix International Raceway President Bryan R. Sperber announced today. As the Honorary Starter, Governor Brewer will wave the green flag to start the AdvoCare 500, as well as greet the drivers during pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. “We… Read More →

Arizona congressional races too close to call

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Arizona’s three competitive congressional races were too close to call early Wednesday, including the Tucson-centered seat Rep. Ron Barber won in June to replace his former boss, Gabrielle Giffords. Barber saw his small lead against Republican Martha McSally in the 2nd District disappear just before midnight, with McSally taking a tiny lead. “We knew it… Read More →

Obama faces tough road with improving economy

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Here’s the assignment President Barack Obama has won with his re-election: Improve an economy burdened by high unemployment, stagnant pay, a European financial crisis, slowing global growth and U.S. companies still too anxious to expand much. And, oh yes, an economy that risks sinking into another recession if Congress can’t reach a budget deal to… Read More →