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District 8 State Rep. Michele Ugenti
Before ending the 151-day session on Thursday, the Arizona Legislature made it where constituents to have to start paying taxes on what they buy from catalogs and on the World Wide Web.
The only reasonable conclusion I can draw from the legislative session that just ended is this: Republican legislators think nothing is more important to Arizona than teaching the Bible in public schools and restricting women’s access to contraception and abortion. Jobs? Education? The economy? Not nearly as important.
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I write in response to a letter to the editor entitled "In Phoenix, gang can't shoot straight," which appeared in your paper on Aug 12.
"Look over there!" our Republican state legislators keep telling us. "Pay no attention to the worst per capita budget crisis in the country. Save the incandescent light bulb! Allow guns at state universities! Take away benefits from anyone who buys a beer!"
In special session Monday, Arizona legislators voted to ensure continued funding for public education, but still face a deficit of at least $2.1 billion for the current year.
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer did not go unchallenged at a luncheon with legislators and business people Thursday at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador in Oro Valley.
October 25, 2006 - Gail Griffin, an admirer of Ronald Reagan, has been busy.
On Wednesday, Feb. 4, 1903, the Salt River Valley Water Users Association was organized.
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1891, Dr. J.C. Handy, physician and former chancellor of the University of Arizona, was shot and fatally wounded by attorney Francis J. Heney during a quarrel at the corner of Pennington and Church streets in Tucson.
Which Southwest governor said it's a state goal to "become the solar capitol of America … and I think we're on our way"?
Arizona's Republican legislators have officially declared War on the Poor.
On Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1858, the first Butterfield Overland Mail coach entered Arizona by way of Stein’s Pass.
It wasn't a great week for supporters of the Oro Valley Public Library.
Representatives from Amphitheater Public Schools attending Education Day at the Capital March 5 heard that adequate funding for Arizona public education depends on an "ideological change" in the state legislature.
Arizona Voices, an innovative electronic platform to encourage civic engagement, was unveiled at the state capitol today by Secretary of State Ken Bennett and state Senator Bob Worsley. Arizona is the first state in the US to host a website of this kind. On www.azvoices.gov, registered voters are allowed to vote on bills in the legislature and discuss the issues impacting our state with fellow Arizonans and elected officials.
The Arizona Small Business Association hosted a luncheon at the Westin La Paloma on March 22, where Arizona Rep. Steve Farley, Sen. Al Melvin, and Senate President Steve Pierce outlined their 2012 legislative efforts to support small businesses in Southern Arizona.
With promises that it will be scaled down, the Arizona Senate passed controversial House Bill 2625 Thursday, which will allow employers to deny women’s birth control coverage under health insurance plans.
The Arizona Historical Advisory Commission (AHAC), a statutory commission within the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a Division of the Secretary of State, recently elected new officers. They are Chair - Teresita Majewski, Vice President Operations, Statistical Research, Inc.; Vice Chair - Catherine May, Senior Historical Analyst/Archivist, SRP; Secretary - James Garrison, Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer; and Treasurer - John Langellier, Executive Director, Sharlot Hall Museum.
Secretary of State Ken Bennett has appointed Joan Clark of Chandler as Arizona’s new state librarian. Clark was chosen after an exhaustive nationwide search and replaces GladysAnn Wells who in retired in 2011. The State Library, Archives and Public Records is a division of the Secretary of State’s office and serves the legislature and public by providing access to research and information; additionally, it works to ensure Arizona's history is documented and preserved.
The Arizona Senate voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, as efforts continue to halt abortions from taking place at all.
Governor Jan Brewer today approved and accepted a Master Energy Plan to help lead Arizona into a prosperous and reliable energy future.
Surrounded by what could be the new, more moderate legislative majority, Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Monday to expand Medicaid in Arizona.
A year ago, I was a panelist at a forum discussing education in Arizona. Sitting next to me was Ann-Eve Pedersen, the president of the Arizona Education Network. When she went to grade school in Arizona in the 1970s, Pedersen told the audience the state supported education and funded it adequately. We ranked in the middle of the country in per-student spending, not dead last like we are today.