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Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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Voters sound off on ballot issues for secretary of state information pamphlet

PHOENIX -- Arizona voters will be inundated with nearly 500 arguments about why they should support or oppose the seven different measures that will be on the November ballot.

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Judge OK’S ‘clean elections’ measure for November ballot

PHOENIX -- Arizonans will get a chance to vote in November on whether they want to alter the powers of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

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Jury notes could be grounds for mistrial in Arizona Corporation Commission bribery case

PHOENIX -- The admission by a juror in the Corporation Commission bribery trial that she made some notes at home and brought them to deliberations could lead to a new trial even after all the testimony has been heard.

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Court rules USGS not liable in fatal 2012 copter crash over Verde River

The failure of a federal agency to mark an overhead cable does not make the government liable for the death of a helicopter pilot who flew into it, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

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Judge to rule on Clean Elections measure

A judge will decide whether lawmakers have an absolute right to ask voters to approve two changes in law in a single act, even if they may only want one of them and not the other.

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Arizona K-12 education tax hike on rich could take away tax break for others

A 2015 law requires that income tax brackets be indexed. The idea is that taxpayers should not be forced into a higher tax bracket simply because their income has kept pace with the cost of living.

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Lawsuit seeks to remove ‘ballot harvesting’ ban

A new lawsuit seeks to block Arizona from enforcing its ban on “ballot harvesting’’ for the upcoming election, claiming the state has no legal authority to regulate who can and cannot deliver someone else’s mail.

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New session of U.S. Supreme Court begins with Arizona age discrimination lawsuit

The ability of a tiny Arizona fire district to fire its two oldest employees takes center stage in Washington as the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments the first day of its new session, possibly with a new justice already seated.

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New focus on Roe vs. Wade as president nominates Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

The president’s choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the newest new Supreme Court justice Monday could mean the ability of Arizona women to terminate a pregnancy likely depends on who is elected governor in November.

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Do you have an opinion on state ballot questions? It’s yours to share for $75

PHOENIX -- Got an opinion on whether to hike income taxes on the most wealthy?

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Voters may get final say on renewable energy initiative

Pushing ahead where utility regulators so far will not, advocates of more renewable energy filed more than 480,000 signatures Thursday to put the question on the November ballot.

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Petitions filed to outlaw 'dark money' politics in Arizona

Arizonans may get a chance to decide whether they want to find out who is trying to influence their elections.

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Realtors aim to ban Arizona service sales tax

Arizona Realtors formally launched their bid to ask votes ban state lawmakers from ever taxing services, even if it also would reduce or eliminate taxes on other necessities -- or even if legislators say the revenues are needed.

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Arizona educators want special tax on wealthy people

Supporters of more money for K-12 education said Thursday there's a reason they are taxing only the top 1 percent of Arizona wage earners to pick up the entire cost: It's politically expedient.

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Democrats seek more GOP transparency on ballot issues

PHOENIX -- Democrat lawmakers accused their Republican colleagues of hiding relevant information from voters about upcoming ballot measures.

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Lawsuit expected over language in Clean Elections ballot measure

Critics contend Prop. 306 misleads voters, would take power from commission

PHOENIX -- Members of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission voted Friday to sue the Legislative Council for what commissioners claim is an effort to mislead voters about an upcoming ballot measure.

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State seeks to boost coffers through Internet sales tax

PHOENIX -- Key state lawmakers want to take advantage of a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling which lets states collect online sales taxes.

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Court decision may limit legal definition of medical marijuana

A new ruling from the state Court of Appeals threatens to make criminals out of medical marijuana patients who choose edibles and drinks rather than smoking the drug and the dispensaries that prepare and sell them.

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Ducey doesn't back Douglas on teacher walkout reprimands

Gov. Doug Ducey is not interested in disciplining the tens of thousands of teachers who walked out of school during the six-day #RedForEd strike.

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Stringer: Racism label result of 'Democrat hit piece'

PHOENIX -- Hoping to put the controversy behind him, Rep. David Stringer came here Wednesday to tell a group of African-Americans that he is working on issues of interest to their community and his comments last week about immigration and assimilation were misconstrued or misunderstood.

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Arizona Supreme Court upholds Don Shooter's candidacy for AZ Senate

Don Shooter will get a chance to get back into the Arizona Legislature.

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Corporation Commission considers requirement of 80% renewable energy by 2050

With a renewable energy initiative ready to be filed next week, a state utility regulator is filing his own proposal, one that electric companies are likely to find more attractive.

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Court rules state denial of DACA drivers licenses illegal

A federal judge has swatted down efforts by the Ducey administration to deny licenses to some deferred action recipients even after a federal appeals court ruled that the state is legally required to provide licenses for others similar legal status.

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AZ Supreme Court takes up question of whether Wendy Rogers can be on CD1 primary ballot

Wendy Rogers has no right to have her name on the Republican ballot for Congress because her nominating petitions were flawed, a lawyer for political foes is arguing to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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Douglas lacking support in effort to discipline teachers who participated in statewide walkout

PHOENIX -- The state Board of Education won’t be weighing whether to discipline tens of thousands of teachers who walked out during the #RedForEd strike -- at least not yet.

Despite nominating petition error, judge allows Wendy Rogers to proceed with CD1 candidacy

PHOENIX -- Wendy Rogers can run for Congress in the Republican primary despite an error on her nominating petitions, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith ruled.

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Prescott Rep. Noel Campbell says ‘racist’ label unfair to embattled lawmaker David Stringer

PHOENIX -- Embattled Rep. David Stringer has picked up an ally in his defense of his comments about the effects of immigration: his Prescott Republican seatmate.

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GOP school superintendent candidates press need for ‘intelligent design’ in school curriculum

Three of the Republicans hoping to be state school superintendent want students exposed to and taught “intelligent design,’’ but not necessarily as part of the science curriculum.

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Ducey refuses to debate 'fringe' candidate Ken Bennett

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey won't debate his Republican foe, with an aide calling Ken Bennett a "fringe'' candidate despite the fact he was elected secretary of state in 2010.

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Governor: National Guard troops will continue border patrol

Gov. Doug Ducey won't withdraw National Guard troops from the border even though he objects to President Trump's policy of separating children from their families.

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Kirkpatrick prevails in residency challenge in CD2 race

Ann Kirkpatrick is a resident of Tucson and entitled to run for the open congressional seat being vacated by Martha McSally, a judge ruled this afternoon.

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It’s official: Ducey to seek re-election as governor

Gov. Doug Ducey promised Monday to make another attempt to let police and courts take guns away from potentially dangerous people if voters return him to office in November.

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Kirkpatrick faces legal challenge over residency in CD2 race

Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick acknowledged Monday she was circulating petitions for her congressional bid last year and earlier this year which bore a Tucson address where she did not live at the time.

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Arizona Republican Party calls on Rep. Stringer to resign

Citing his comments on immigrants and immigration, the Arizona Republican Party is calling on Rep. David Stringer to resign.

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Citing GOP extremism, state senator opts not to seek re-election

Decrying the direction of his Republican Party, state Sen. Bob Worsley yanked his name from this year's ballot.

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Lawmaker expelled from House now making run for Arizona State Senate

PHOENIX -- Don Shooter is a resident of Yuma and is legally qualified to make a bid for a political comeback to be a senator from the legislative district that he has represented before, a judge ruled Friday.

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Court hears arguments in Gosar case concerning blocked Facebook commenters

A congressional attorney is asking a federal judge here to toss out a lawsuit demanding that Rep. Paul Gosar be barred from blocking them -- or anyone -- from his Facebook page.

Arizona jobless rate falls to 4.7 percent

Arizona's jobless rate dropped two tenths of a point to 4.7 percent last month, driven in large part by an unusually strong showing in the state's construction industry. And there are indications on the horizon that trend will continue -- unless rising interest rates dampen demand.

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Ken Bennett faces legal challenge over nomination petitions in governor's race

Political allies of incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey are going to court to keep him from having to face a challenger in the Republican primary.

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Prescott lawmaker: Immigration 'represents an existential threat to the United States''

A first-term Prescott lawmaker is warning that immigration "represents an existential threat to the United States'' and needs to be curtailed before the country is irrevocably altered.

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Effort to outlaw ‘dark money’ in campaigns gains support

Republican Vernon Parker said Wednesday he supports an initiative to outlaw "dark money'' in political campaigns because he knows what it's like to be the victim of it.

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Secretary of State agrees to provisions to ease voter registration process

The state's top election official has agreed to remove a series of hurdles now in the path of those who want to register to vote.

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Bennett rejects notion that Cindy McCain should succeed her husband in Senate

Gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett is using the question of who would replace John McCain if and when the senator quits or dies to round up votes and raise money for his gubernatorial campaign.

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State extends comment period on evolution debate in high school science standards

Arizonans will get a bit more time to weigh in on the proposed new science standards for high schools, including the bid by Diane Douglas, the superintendent of public instruction, to eliminate several reference to "evolution.''

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Prescott's Ken Bennett to challenge Ducey in governor's race

Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey isn't going to get a free ride to the November election.

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Governor wants continued teaching of evolution in Arizona public schools

Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he believes evolution should remain part of the science standards for public high schools, despite what is being proposed by the state’s top school official.

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Court rules some rape suspects are eligible for bail

The state cannot deny the opportunity for bail for accused rapists even if the proof is evident even before trial that the person committed the crime, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.

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Texas school shooting: Lawmakers press governor to call special session on gun control

PHOENIX -- Democrat lawmakers are using Friday’s school shooting in Texas in a bid to get Gov. Doug Ducey to call lawmakers into special session to adopt new gun laws.

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Governor vetoes bill to raise auto minimum liability limits

PHOENIX -- Motorists are going to be able to operate their cars and trucks on Arizona roads with the same level of liability insurance they had to purchase in 1972.

Governor signs law making it harder for jobless Arizonans to receive benefits

Arizonans who don't take pretty much any job after being out of work for at least four weeks will lose their unemployment benefits.

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