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Evolution remains public school standard

The Hillsdale proposal came under scrutiny at least in part amid concerns that they were not so much standards as actual curriculum of what is to be taught. And then there was the emphasis on Judeo-Christian teachings, far more than in current state standards in teaching comparative religions.

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Sinema, McSally tackle health care, Trump issues in Senate debate

Martha McSally said Monday that Kyrsten Sinema, her Democratic foe, is guilty of "treason."

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Carolyn Warner, Arizona political legend, dies at 88

If it weren't for Bill Schulz, Carolyn Warner, who died Tuesday, could have been the first woman governor of Arizona.

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Health advocates encourage ‘yes’ on Proposition 127

JoAnna Strother, regional director for public policy for the American Lung Association, said Phoenix is one of the 10 worst areas in the country for ozone pollution.

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Verbiage on ballot for Prop. 305 could cause confusion

The more than 100,000 people who signed petitions to put Proposition 305 on the ballot now find they have to vote against it to get what they want: repealing legislation to expand who can get vouchers of taxpayer funds to attend private and parochial schools.

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Don Shooter seeking info that led to his ouster from state House

Denied what he wants by attorneys hired by the state House, Don Shooter now is asking a judge to force them to cough up the entire investigative report that led to his ouster

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Former gubernatorial candidate holding out hope for public money

Ken Bennett found himself out of the running when he was trounced by incumbent Doug Ducey in the Republican primary in August.

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Lawyer: Judge erred in Israel judgement

Claiming “irreparable harm,’’ a top aide to Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked a federal judge Tuesday to let Arizona continue enforcing its prohibition on boycotts of Israel by companies with public contracts while the state appeals her ruling

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Without evidence, Ducey accuses Garcia of ‘rigging’

Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his claim that David Garcia tried to "rig" the election for a sales tax for education even though there is no evidence the Democrat gubernatorial hopeful had any role in crafting the measure.

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to overturn 20-year ban on Grand Canyon uranium mining

The justices, on their first day back from the summer recess, refused to consider a claim by the National Mining Association that allowing the U.S. Department of Interior to make such unilateral decisions violates the right of Congress to decide the use of such public property.

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Judge blocks Israel boycott law saying it interferes with the First Amendment

The judge also rebuffed any suggestion that the government is entitled to place restrictions on those who get government funds.

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Prop 126: Putting it in writing

To hear the proponents of Proposition 126 tell it, Arizona lawmakers are chomping at the bit to tax medical services, child care and even veterinary bills. Never mind that lawmakers already can do that now – and have not.

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Ducey went defensive about the economy in debates

Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey repeatedly throws around the phrase that Arizona is "open for business" as both a commercial for the state and as proof his policies are what's driving the state economy.

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Trump’s tariffs may mean lower food prices

Prices could be dropping, courtesy of President Donald Trump.

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Ducey, Garcia go head-to-head in Tucson

The economy in many parts of the state may not be booming

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State education board asked to reject diluted academic standards

A parade of teachers, parents and others lined up Monday to ask the state Board of Education to reject efforts by state schools chief to alter – and they believe dilute – academic standards.

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Even if measure passes, state utility companies can ignore Prop 127 by paying fine

Gov. Doug Ducey acknowledged Friday he signed legislation with the specific intent of allowing the affected companies to ignore the mandate proposed in Proposition 127 by paying a minimal fine.

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Education a hot topic at first of two gubernatorial debates between Ducey, Garcia

Ducey and Garcia will face off again Tuesday at an event in Tucson; Torres was not included.

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What is hidden in Prop. 306?

A measure put on the November ballot by Republican lawmakers could determine how much Arizonans actually know about who is trying to influence political campaigns. Anyone reviewing all the statements in support of Proposition 306 in the brochure being sent to voters would think the measure is aimed at keeping publicly funded candidates from buying services from political parties.

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Judge denies auto-updates to voter registration – for now

A federal judge has refused to order Secretary of State Michele Reagan to immediately update voter registration addresses of 384,000 Arizonans who have moved since the last election.

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Added language by attorney general's office raises eyebrows of Prop 127 supporters

A key aide to Attorney General Mark Brnovich altered language of the ballot description of Proposition 127 that the state's top elections officer called "eyebrow raising'' and the lawyer for initiative organizers said is designed to help Arizona Public Service convince voters to reject it.

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Arizona lawmakers eyeing the financial operations of charter schools

Gov. Doug Ducey said he's open to the idea of reforms in how charter schools are operated, including how they handle their finances

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State AG to investigate tracking of cellphone users

Saying consumer privacy is being invaded, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich has launched an inquiry into whether a major tech firm is violating the rights of Arizona residents by tracking their movements and activities through their cellphones – even after the users think they've told the company to stop.

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How To Limit Google

The way to further limit what Google keeps and learns takes far more than simply turning off the "location history'' and "location sharing'' buttons on the phone.

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Teachers rallying voters to oust AZ Supreme Court Justices

Upset with a ruling that knocked a tax hike for education off the ballot, some members of the Save Our Schools movement are trying to get voters to turn one or two Supreme Court justices out of office in November.

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Arizona race for U.S. Senate even, according to latest poll

A live-telephone survey done Sept. 4 through 6 by Data Orbital found Democrat Kyrsten Sinema supported by 46.1 percent of those questioned, giving her a 4.3 percentage point lead over Republican Martha McSally.

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Head of local Border Patrol begs citizens ‘do not vote for lawlessness’

The head of the local Border Patrol union is telling Hispanics they should not support David Garcia for governor simply because he also is Latino.

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Law firm fighting against Phoenix anti-discrimination ordinance

The city of Phoenix is fighting back against a bid by a Christian law firm to get the state’s high court to conclude that businesses have a right to refuse to provide certain services to gays.

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Appeal of ballot harvesting decision headed to federal appeals court

A federal appeals court is going to give a Democratic activist one last chance to be able to argue that she and others should be able to “harvest’’ ballots in the upcoming general election.

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Riggs GOP nominee for schools chief

Final unofficial vote tallies show former California Congressman Frank Riggs with 124,666 votes, edging out Bob Branch who has been involved in teaching educators.

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Thousands of teacher vacancies four weeks into academic year

The Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association found that the 178 school districts and charter schools who responded to the survey reported they needed to fill 6,227 slots this school year.

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Ducey appoints former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain

The announcement comes less than a week after Rick Davis, McCain's former campaign manager, said he thought that his former boss would have liked to see his seat filled by a Hispanic woman. Instead he got an older white male who previously served in Congress for 26 years, 18 of those in the Senate.

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Court’s decision leaves ‘dark money’ initiative off ballot

The Arizona Supreme Court late Wednesday rejected a last-ditch effort by supporters of a ban on "dark money'' in political races to put the issue to voters in November.

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Counties don't need bids to sell property

Pima County did nothing wrong when it did not seek bids for a site that ultimately became the World View high-altitude balloon launching site, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

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Court throws education tax initiative off ballot

In a brief order Wednesday, the Arizona Supreme Court said petition signers were not informed that the measure would do more than increase the tax rate on those earning more than $250,000 a year. It also would eliminate the indexing of income tax brackets to account for inflation.

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Court approves clean energy initiative for ballot

Arizonans are going to get a chance to decide whether they want to require utilities in the state to produce more of their power from renewable sources

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It’s Ducey vs. Garcia for Arizona governor

An educator who couldn’t defeat Diane Douglas for state schools chief two years ago is in line to be the Democrat who takes on incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in November.

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Steve Gaynor takes Michelle Regan, faces Katie Hobbs for Secretary of State

Incumbent Secretary of State Michele Reagan found herself unable to hang on to her office Tuesday as she spent the campaign defending herself from election day problems from years’ past – some of those not even her fault.

State supreme court rules for release of climate change emails

An organization that questions the role of humans in climate change is going to get access to the emails and records of work done by two scientists at the University of Arizona in its bid to argue that their research is flawed.

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Judge gives clean energy initiative the go-ahead for ballot

In a 33-page ruling, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Kiley rejected the contentions of the APS-funded group.

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Bennett taking Secretary of State’s Office to court

Gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett is asking a judge to give him one last chance to qualify for public funding for his campaign.

Judge rejects bid by Democrat to restore ballot harvesting

A federal judge has slapped down a bid by a Democrat activist to void a 2016 law that makes “ballot harvesting’’ illegal and allow the practice to resume for Tuesday’s primary.

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Arizona Democrats appear more energized than Republicans

But a new report from the Secretary of State’s Office suggests that Arizona Democrats appear to be more energized this year than Republicans. And that may translate to victories in races that in any other year they could not win.

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Prop. 207 would repeal graduated tax law

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Connie Contes ruled that the evidence supports the argument that Proposition 207, if approved, would repeal a 2015 law designed to protect Arizonans from paying more income taxes solely because their wages keep pace with inflation.

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‘Dark money’ vote looking as if it won’t happen

A new court decision Thursday has left backers of a ban on “dark money’’ even further from their goal of getting the measure on the ballot

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Governor hopeful Bennett blames Reagan for missing deadline

Officials in Reagan’s office are not disputing what happened. And they say the site was restored – apparently several hours later – after being informed of the problem.

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Republican Governors Association spends big against Garcia, but virtually nothing ‘pro-Ducey’

RGA spokesman Jon Thompson said his organization normally doesn’t talk about how it spends its money, dollars generated through business contributions to the national organization.

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State secretary sued to clean up voter registration process

The American Civil Liberties Union wants a federal judge to order Secretary of State Michele Reagan to update the addresses of people who have moved so their votes will be counted in November.

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Right to know who is financing campaigns argued in court

But attorney Kim Demarchi, who represents initiative organizers, is urging Sanders to reject that contention. If nothing else, she said these subpoenas were served just days ago, giving people insufficient time to respond.

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New trial in 2012 border shooting set for October

Government and defense attorneys are angling to have questions asked of jurors in the second trial of a Border Patrol agent that were not asked the first time, each in hopes of getting an outcome they want.

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