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WILL COMMON CORE’S REAL AUTHORS PLEASE STAND UP

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PHOENIX, March 16 – Representative Boyer’s H2180 (schools; menus of assessments) got a boost of sorts today from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, who issued a nearly 750 word, almost two page, press release, touting the bill, giving a ...

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COLUMNIST: BUDGET PROCESS ‘HUMILIATING AND DEMEANING’

PHOENIX, March 13 – The Republic’s Robert Robb today teed off on the budget process in a column that takes Republican legislators to the woodshed for turning the act of budgeting into a farce that produces bad public policy and damages ...

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GUNS IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS BILL CLEARS HOUSE

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PHOENIX, March 13 – The House yesterday approved the latest iteration of the guns in public buildings bill, H2320 (firearms; permit holders; public places), on a 33-25 vote. Much of the discussion about the bill was about the costs of security ...

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ONCE UPON A TIME, DECORUM MEANT INSULTS HAD TO BE SUBTLE

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PHOENIX, March 11 – House fed-state had a meltdown today as Representatives Darin Mitchell, Kelly Townsend and Bruce Wheeler got into a heated argument during debate on S1318 (abortion; health care exchange; licensure) and then Townsend abruptly gaveled the committee ...

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FOR SALE: ONE TRAILER

PHOENIX, March 10 – One senator told our reporter that the Legislature is going to need a fix-all trailer bill for the budget, and estimates there’s roughly a dozen errors that have already been found in the bills approved early ...

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SETTING A BLISTERING PACE

PHOENIX, March 9 – The budget was officially approved on the 54th day of the session, the quickest a budget has been dispatched in recent memory. Capitol Reports records show that lawmakers in 2010 approved a budget in 60 days ...

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PASSING THE BUCK

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PHOENIX, March 9 – The FY16 budget doesn’t raise taxes, but aims to increase revenue by getting more bang for its tax buck. While the budget scraps Ducey’s original proposal to bring in $32.6 million through additional TPT collectors, it ...

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EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW IS WRONG

PHOENIX, March 6 – One railbird said the current budget train wreck is “the craziest process I’ve seen… and I lived through the nightmare of 2009, so I thought I couldn’t be surprised anymore.” The source called the frustration and ...

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