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Rain halts convention, but doesn’t stop GOP conventioneers

The politicking went on as usual Monday for Arizona delegates at the Republican National Convention, despite some events being canceled because of the weather. ... Read more»

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Big Government - Big Church - Big Business:  What ever happened to the separation of chuch and state?  In 2005, Governor (and concurrent church Bishop/Pastor) Mitt Romney appointed his wife Ann Romney as head of an unpaid and new special office (Did he create this office with his powers of Governor?) whose purpose was to help the state’s faith-based groups gain more federal monies in association with the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (Do I sense a church vs state boundary issue?). This was a result after the state had seen its share of faith-based grants decline over the previous three years.  Ann worked directly with Jim Towey, director of the White House office. Just how are all these US tax payor monies being allocated to the thousands of organized religions?  It is noted the LDS church sent 450 semi trucks of food and supplies in response to Hurricane Katrina.  The LDS church recently formed an offical partnership with Gail McGovern of the American Red Cross. Is it the same White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiative that enabled the LDS church to grow to this size to provide national emergency and social services of this magnitude?

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The Gila County Republican Party took the opportunity of the Republican National Convention to sell tickets for its Colt .45 raffle to raise money for local offices. County party officials say they have sold more than 700 tickets over the last few months.

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