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HOW MANY REPUBLICANS WERE IN THE SAMPLE POPULATION?

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PHOENIX, July 15 – A majority of Arizonans are opposed to the legalization of marijuana, the Arizona Republican Party’s internal polling shows. (The AZGOP opposes recreational marijuana.) The poll found that 58 percent of likely voters would vote to oppose ...

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THE GOVERNOR HAS TO GET, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING

Phoenix, June 23 – The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry honored a trio of lawmakers, one former governor and the current governor at their annual awards ceremony yesterday. Gov. Doug Ducey took home a “Champion of Legal Reform” award ...

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FORMER DES INTERIM DIRECTOR RESIGNS, MAYBE PUSHED OUT

Phoenix, June 22 – Jim Hillyard, the deputy director of operations for DES who served for a time as the agency’s interim head after Ducey fired Clarence Carter in January, resigned Monday. Adrienne Walker, his executive assistant, also tendered her ...

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IT’S NOTHING PERSONAL, WE JUST HATE YOUR IDEA

PHOENIX, April 2 – Senate Republicans never showed up to a conference committee in the House for H2595 (late filings; campaign finance reports) yesterday, a snub aimed at Rep. Michelle Ugenti, who was trying to amend her H2072 (ballot measures; Proposition ...

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THESE ARE NOT THE DROIDS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

PHOENIX, April 1 – Gov. Ducey yesterday defended his decision to sign S1318 (abortion; health care exchange; licensure), but struggled to explain the provision requiring doctors to inform patients that they may be able to reverse their medication-induced abortions, focusing ...

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AS USUAL, THE ANSWER IS COMPLICATED (BLAME ANOTHER LEGISLATURE)

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PHOENIX, March 27 – Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s (JLBC) Steve Schimpp had already explained to the board the FY16 budget estimates Peoria Unified School District funding would increase by between $0 and $200,000, but likely not decrease. He noted that, after ...

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LAWMAKERS WALK OUT OF SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

PHOENIX, March 27 – Several West Valley lawmakers walked into a hostile crowd last night when they attended the Peoria Unified School District governing board meeting to discuss the recently passed state budget. The Senate press release announcing the legislators’ ...

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GOVERNOR CAREFULLY CONSIDERING SHIELDING OFFICERS’ NAMES

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PHOENIX, March 25 – Gov. Ducey said he’s weighing the arguments on S1445 (public records; peace officer’s name), which would keep the names of police officers who are involved in shootings secret for 60 days. “We’re very thoughtfully reviewing that, ...

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HOUSE APPROVES ABORTION BILL

PHOENIX, March 24 – After retaining the legislation twice on the House committee of the whole (COW) calendar last week, yesterday the House approved Sen. Nancy Barto’s S1318 (abortion; health care exchange; licensure) on a 33-24 vote. The original bill would ...

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LEGISLATION NOT NEEDED

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PHOENIX, March 23 – Gov. Ducey this morning left little doubt as what he’ll do if H2190 (schools; Common Core; replacement) reaches his desk. After today’s Board of Education meeting, in which he asked for a review of Common Core to ...

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