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Howard Fischer, for the Miner

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Drought contingency plans face veto if not adhering to governor’s principles

Gov. Doug Ducey threatened Tuesday to veto any drought contingency plan that does not equitably divide up the pain of Arizona having less water in 2020 and eventually leads to lower water use in the state.

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KUSD to receive 10 new buses as result of Volkswagen settlement with state

More than four dozen Arizona school districts are getting new school buses at no cost to taxpayers.

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Ducey: No 2020 Senate run, to stay governor

Ending months of speculation, Gov. Doug Ducey said he's not going to run for the Senate – at least not in 2020.

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Judge rules against Ducey, GOP campaign finance spending exceptions

Wednesday's decision most immediately limits the ability of political parties to spend unlimited dollars on behalf of their candidates without disclosing the expenditures.

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Attorney General warns about making voter fraud allegations

Attorney General Mark Brnovich warned Monday that people “need to be really careful when making serious allegations’’ about election fraud or other issues or risk undermining democracy.

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Hopi try to block treated effluent at Snowbowl fails

The Arizona Supreme Court has squashed what could be the last legal maneuver to block the use of treated effluent to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks. In a 5-2 ruling Thursday, the majority concluded the Hopi Tribe has no right to file a claim that the practice creates a "special nuisance'' because it interferes with the ability of tribal members to practice their sacred rituals on the mountains north of Flagstaff.

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Despite dropping lawsuit, Navajo Nation contends tribal residents are not getting fair access

At a brief hearing Monday, U.S. District Judge Dominic Lanza agreed to essentially put the legal dispute on the back burner, at least for now.

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Court rules people have right to craft voter initiatives

The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a legal tactic used by those seeking to keep voter-proposed laws off the ballot. In a unanimous ruling Wednesday, the justices reaffirmed the right of people to craft initiatives and seek to have them approved.

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More transparency, ensuring votes are counted on incoming secretary’s agenda

Incoming Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Monday she believes political parties should be required to report when they spend money to elect specific candidates even as she defended the failure of the Arizona Democratic Party to disclose what it spent to get her elected.

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Report: Privacy a concerning issue when purchasing toys

It was bad enough when parents had to worry about choking hazards, poisonous chemicals and excessive noise when buying presents.

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GOP launches ‘audit’ of Maricopa County Recorder

Alleging voting “irregularities’’ the state Republican Party is launching what it calls its own an “independent audit’’ of practices by Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes – an audit being aided by a law firm that represents the party.

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Hobbs wins Secretary of State as Gaynor concedes

Steve Gaynor finally conceded late Friday he isn't going to be secretary of state

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Hobbs getting closer and closer to Secretary of State victory

Katie Hobbs is going to be Arizona's next secretary of state – and a heartbeat away from governor – absent a sudden and unlikely last-minute burst of Republican votes from Maricopa County

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Sec. of State race still too close to call Tuesday

In that race for secretary of state, Democrat Katie Hobbs is maintaining her lead over Republican Steve Gaynor – but just barely.

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Only the closest of races trigger recounts

In statewide races, there is a general law that requires a recount if the margin of votes between the two candidates is one-tenth of one percent.

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Sinema wins Senate seat, McSally concedes election Monday

The GOP contender conceded Monday after new results showed Sinema’s lead statewide is now approaching 38,200 votes.

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Sinema continues to lead McSally, Hobbs overtakes Gaynor

New election returns Sunday put Democrat Katie Hobbs in the lead in the race for secretary of state.

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Sinema continues to lead McSally as of Saturday

Unless the trend in election returns shift – and soon – Arizona will get its first Democrat in the U.S. Senate in decades. And the state Republican Party may be laying the groundwork for a legal challenge to stop that from happening.

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Narrowed GOP majority in state House gives more power to reps

Newly elected Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers inherits a chamber where he can't afford to alienate a single Republican.

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State seeks court ruling to ban companies boycotting Israel

Attorneys for the state want a federal appeals court to allow it to deny public contracts to those who boycott Israel, saying Arizona has a legitimate interest in denying support to the Palestine Liberation Army and its "unsavory – and frequently murderous – ends.”

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Republicans keep statewide offices

Democrats proved unable on Tuesday to break the stranglehold that Republicans now have on statewide offices

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Ducey beats Garcia in race for governor by double figures

Outmatched in funding and outmaneuvered, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful David Garcia failed Tuesday in his bid to oust incumbent Doug Ducey

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Early voter turnout takes jump

Election Day officially is today

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Green Party candidate Angela Green drops out of race for Senate, props up Sinema

A last-minute decision by the Green Party candidate to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate could provide Democrat Kyrsten Sinema a needed bump

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Number of children without vaccinations up slightly in state

Calling it a matter of public safety, Gov. Doug Ducey wants all youngsters in Arizona public schools to be vaccinated against various childhood diseases.

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Appeals court rejects argument for ‘ballot harvesting’

A federal appeals court has rebuffed yet another attempt to void the state’s 2016 ban on so called ballot harvesting.

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Cash from outside groups supporting Ducey, GOP continues to pour in

Cash from outside groups is rivaling – and in some cases exceeding – what candidates for statewide office are spending on their own election campaigns.

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APS spending spree grows to more than $30M on Prop 127

The state’s largest electric company has now poured more than $30 million into its bid to convince Arizonans not to force it and other utilities to use more renewable resources.

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AZ Supreme Court explains education initiative ruling

Two justices of the Arizona Supreme Court are criticizing their colleagues for their decision blocking voters from deciding whether to increase income taxes on the most wealthy to fund education.

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AG investigates utility regulators for illegal use of public resources

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating whether a utility regulator and officials of three cities and three counties acted illegally in the way they urged voters to oppose a ballot measure.

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AZ taxpayers could be hit hard with extra $236 million in taxes

Arizona individual taxpayers could end up being hit with an extra $236 million in taxes if the governor and lawmakers follow their regular practice of trying to keep the annual state income tax relatively simple.

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Attorney General Brnovich wants to sue over high university tuition rates

Brnovich said his office was set up as in the Arizona Constitution as a separate and independent agency. He warned of the implications of requiring him to get permission to go to court, particularly to enforce constitutional rights.

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Pilot program to increase vaccinations for children goes awry

What has caused concern is that in the 2016-2017 school year 4.9 percent of parents of students entering kindergarten opted out of immunization for personal reasons.

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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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