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Ducey to ask for $30 million for drought contingency plan

Negotiations on a drought plan for Arizona took a step forward Thursday when the head of the state water department said Gov. Doug Ducey will ask for $30 million in his upcoming budget proposal to help make the Drought Contingency Plan a reality.... Read more»

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On guard: Watch out for conspiracy theories morphing into voter suppression moves

Voters need to be on guard in 2019 for the Legislature confusing contentiousness in this election with fantasies of conspiracies, and enacting laws to artificially maintain their power through voter suppression. ... Read more»

Despite slight drop, Arizona still leads nation in women officeholders

Despite a record number of women running for office this year, Arizona will actually lose one female elected official when congressional and legislative delegations take office in January.... Read more»

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Orange Crush: Trump broke McSally, GOP's stranglehold on Arizona

It’s fine, Martha. You didn’t lose. Donald J. Trump beat you. He beat Lea Marquez Peterson's bid to replace you. He looks like he's electing Democrats Katie Hobbs, Sandra Taylor and Kathy Hoffman to statewide office.... Read more»1

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Now what? Bond failure leaves Pima County looking to Phoenix

So another road bond question was soundly defeated by the voters. Pima County's next and maybe last option to fix our roads is to ask the Legislature to expand the RTA's taxing authority and send another ballot question to voters. ... Read more»

Voters reject Prop. 305 school voucher measure

Proposition 305, which would have vastly expanded a program that allows parents and guardians to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, was rejected by voters. The measure was failing by a 2-1 margin Tuesday night.... Read more»

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Why Arizona's $1.1B mass incarceration crisis should matter more to Garcia, Ducey

How are candidates Doug Ducey and David Garcia proposing to satisfy more than 80 percent of voters who support criminal justice reform? Arizonans want formerly incarcerated people to have easier access to jobs and housing. They want lawmakers to address unjust racial disparities within the system, hold police accountable in cases of misconduct, decriminalize addiction, and send fewer people to prison.... Read more»

Supreme Court’s 'InvestInEd' ruling breaks no new ground, stokes political feuds

Eight weeks after it ordered the #InvestInEd school-funding tax initiative pulled from this fall’s ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court explained its 5-2 ruling Friday in a 23-page opinion that critics blasted as “a very political decision.”... Read more»

Health care is Sinema's top issue in Senate bid

Protecting Arizonans with pre-existing conditions from losing their health care and controlling costs are Democrat Kyrsten Sinema's top priorities.... Read more»

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Sinema plays it cool, McSally runs hot in Senate debate

McSally had the moxie to charge "treason" but Sinema put her on the defensive repeatedly during Monday's debate. You could tell by McSally’s exasperated denials, as the Democrat’s brainy posture seemed to piss the Republican candidate off to no end.... Read more»1

Arizona saw biggest post-recession tuition increases in nation

Arizona universities have posted the largest tuition increases in the nation since the start of the recession, with the $5,355 increase per student more than twice the national average.... Read more»

Kroger to phase out plastic bags at all its grocery stores by 2025

Kroger, owner of Fry’s Foods in Arizona, will phase out plastic bags by 2025, becoming the latest company to respond to the backlash against single-use plastics.... Read more»1

Report: Aging legislatures overlooking concerns of younger voters

Legislators across the country are far older than their constituents, and issues important to young people are taking a backseat at state and national levels as a result, according to a new report.... Read more»

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Gov debate quick take: None of them should win

I may seem like a broken record dissing our choices on the ballot but across the country I see candidates who know what's what. Can we get a plan here in Arizona? Something more than slogans? In Monday's debate, Ducey promised more of boom-bust, Garcia was a man without a plan, and Torres wouldn't look up... Read more»3

Ducey, Garcia clash over education, border security in first debate

Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey and Democratic rival David Garcia clashed Monday night over education and border security during a live, televised debate.... Read more»

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Cunningham: Initiative intimidation rips heart out of Arizonans' right to pass our own laws

This week, we heard the news that two citizen initiatives will not be on the state ballot. Whatever your thoughts on these particular proposals, we will be denied a discussion and the right to vote for or against them. ... Read more»

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