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FUTURE UNCERTAIN FOR GUN BILLS

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PHOENIX, March 20 – After lawmakers pulled two gun bills from the Senate gov calendar on Wednesday following the shooting spree in Mesa that left one dead and six injured, the fate of the bills is in doubt. It will take ...

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NO OFFENSE INTENDED

PHOENIX, March 20 – Before S1340 (voted early ballots; delivery; identification) was defeated yesterday in elect, State Election Director Eric Spencer defended its goal of allowing only immediate family members and candidates to collect early ballots and deliver them to election ...

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FINALLY, SOMEONE TO INSPECT OUR GENERALS

PHOENIX, March 18 – Gov. Doug Ducey today will take the first step in fulfilling another pledge from his State of the State address – creating the post of an inspector general, whose job will be to root out waste, abuse, ...

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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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