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There were no statewide or legislative elections in 2017, but the year marked the most prolific campaign fundraising year since the state began keeping the records in an electronic database, setting up the 2018 election for massive political spending. Read more»

Former Tucson-area legislator Ted Vogt has been appointed director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, Gov. Jan Brewer announced Tuesday. Vogt, a former Air Force intelligence office, lost a bid for reelection to the state House in November. As Veterans Services director, he replaces Joey Strickland, who resigned after hiring former GOP legislator Terri Proud as an assistant. Read more»

The director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services resigned and an assistant he hired, former Tucson lawmaker Terri Proud, was fired Wednesday after Arizona-Sonora News Service reported that Proud said menstrual cycles might be too problematic for women to be in combat. Read more» 1

Lost Dutchman State Park, east of metro Phoenix, is one of 30 managed by Arizona State Parks that needs capital improvements.

Delaying capital improvements needed after years of deep budget cuts to Arizona State Parks will only exacerbate the problems and increase future costs, a state lawmaker said last week. "If you don’t take care of your infrastructure, it’s like not taking care of your house and if you let that little $2 item go and don’t fix it, you end up with a $100 repair bill." Read more»

Now that voters rejected Proposition 204, the task of funding education when a temporary sales tax expires in May will remain with the state Legislature. Read more»

Participants in an Arizona Department of Transportation public meeting on the proposed Interstate 11 linking Phoenix and Las Vegas add ideas to a map of the draft alignment. The meeting is part of a two-year, $2.5 million study by transportation officials in Arizona and Nevada.

The Arizona Department of Transportation is undertaking a two-year study of a proposed highway — Interstate 11 — linking the Phoenix metro area with Las Vegas. Read more»

Over the past two years, 475 Arizona prisoners collected $1.1 million in unemployment benefits while sitting in their cells. The Department of Economic Security is seeking to recapture the funds. Read more»

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a ruling that blocked an Arizona law that would have denied health coverage to domestic partners of state employees. Read more»