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Jackalope award, poem laud Ally Miller's budget blasts

Supervisor Ally Miller was named a Local Hero by the Koch brothers-connected Americans for Prosperity this week, receiving a taxidermied specimen of the mythical creature of the Southwest deserts, the jackalope. ... Read more»

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Advocates: Relatively small budget cuts could have big impact on Arizona arts

The Trump administration’s call to eliminate the NEA and NEH in next year’s budget would mean the loss of just over $1.5 million in federal funds for Arizona. While that number may appear small in a budget that’s in the trillions, arts advocates called it short-sighted — taxpayers “get a lot of bang for their buck with the small amount of funding they get from the NEA.”... Read more»

Arizonans approve ballot measure to raise minimum wage

Supporters of Prop. 206, the measure to raise the minimum wage, gathered alongside a crowd of about 300 gathered at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel on Tuesday night and cheered as early election results appeared on the screen.... Read more»

The conservative playbook for keeping 'dark money' dark

In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules coach their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors. Since 2008, dark money groups have spent more than $690 million in federal races. The same story is playing out on the state level, including in Arizona.... Read more»

A House divided – but for Arizona lawmakers, maybe not so much

Arizona’s congressional delegation may not be as polarized in its votes as headlines would make it appear. Arizona – with four members of the conservative Freedom Caucus and two left-wing stalwarts in its nine-member House delegation – was less polarized than 22 of 33 states with at least one member from each party.... Read more»

Obamacare ad onslaught

It has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act — and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense.... Read more»

Reid wrong on AFP criticism

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wrongly blamed the conservative group Americans for Prosperity for promoting a “false” story of a woman whose insurance premiums went up $700 per month. AFP didn’t feature that woman’s story in any of its ads.... Read more»

Republican contenders for CD1 duke it out

Three Republicans vying to challenge U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick made their pitches to Southern Arizona voters Wednesday afternoon. Andy Tobin, Gary Kiehne, and Adam Kwasman spoke to about 200 members of the Saddlebrooke Republican Club, jockeying to see who could express more dislike for Obamacare and the incumbent Democratic congresswoman.... Read more»1

Libraries opposing bill to limit hikes by taxing districts

"Pima County can run its own fiscal affairs without being told how to do it by big daddy state government," said Tucson Democrat Bruce Wheeler, explaining his vote against a measure proceeding through the Legislature that Pima library staffers say would mean cutting staff and hours, and perhaps shuttering libraries.... Read more»

Factcheck: Group attacks Barber over Obamacare

A conservative group is attacking Democratic Rep. Ron Barber with an ad that claims the Affordable Care Act “means higher costs for struggling families.” It may mean higher costs for some, but hundreds of thousands of state residents are expected to qualify for Medicaid because of the law, and others will qualify for federal subsidies to buy coverage.... Read more»

'Dark money' groups fueled by cable industry

The U.S. cable industry’s largest trade association last year helped bankroll several groups that spent millions of dollars in attempts to defeat President Barack Obama, new disclosures indicate.... Read more»

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Rest of the story: Anecdote on Az man's health insurance

Conservative groups are highlighting the case of an Arizona man with leukemia whose insurance plan was canceled because it didn’t comply with the Affordable Care Act. A news report quoted the man as saying he would need to pay $26,000 to keep the same doctor. It turns out, he was able to get a new plan, which has his doctor in its network, for a lower premium and a lower out-of-pocket maximum than his old plan.... Read more»

False assumptions on the health care law

An ad from a conservative advocacy group attacks the federal health care law by asking misleading and loaded questions about its impact. The ad features a mother named Julie, who asks, “If we can’t pick our own doctor, how do I know my family’s going to get the care they need?” The law doesn’t prohibit Julie from picking her own doctor.... Read more»

Tobacco giant funded conservative nonprofits

Tobacco giant Reynolds American Inc. last year helped fund several of the nation’s most politically active — and secretive — nonprofit organizations, according to a company document reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.... Read more»

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

Super PACs and nonprofits unleashed by Citizens United have spent more than $840 million on the 2012 election, with the overwhelming majority favoring Republicans.The Supreme Court decision helped Romney neutralize Obama's fundraising advantage.... Read more»

Two dark money groups outspending all super PACs combined

Two conservative nonprofits have spent more on TV ads to influence the presidential race so far than all other super PACs put together, new spending estimates show. ... Read more»

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