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Howard Fischer

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Ducey fires controversial Economic Security director

The embattled director of the state Department of Economic Security is out. Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday fired Tim Jeffries on the heels of reports that he had flown to Nogales on a state plane to take several staffers out drinking at a Nogales restaurant during business hours.

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Legal pot advocates will try again in 2018

If at first you don’t succeed...

Less than a month after voters rejected allowing marijuana for recreational use, there’s a new – and scaled back – proposal emerging for the 2018 ballot.

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Ducey reaches deal with tribes to limit gaming to existing reservations

Gov. Doug Ducey agreed Monday to allow full-scale gambling at the Tohono O’odham casino in Glendale in exchange for a promise the tribe won’t seek additional gaming sites in the Phoenix area.

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If Obamacare repealed, 400,000 Arizonans lose coverage

‘We want to see all of our citizens have access to affordable health care’ says Gov. Doug Ducey

Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he does not want the new president and Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act unless and until they come up with a replacement that protects Arizonans.

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Brewer faints, misses Trump’s post-election speech

Ex-governor was one of his most loyal surrogates during campaign

When Donald Trump was giving his victory speech, cheerleader Jan Brewer was in a hospital emergency room, straining to watch what was happening on the TV on the wall.

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After loss, Ward sets sights on Flake

Undeterred by her 11-point GOP primary loss just two months ago to John McCain, former state Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, is planning another run for U.S. Senate, this time aiming to unseat fellow Republican Jeff Flake.

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Pinnacle West pours $1 million into ACC race

Arizona’s largest electric utility hopes funds will help elect Republicans to panel

Fearful of how Democrats would view its rate hike proposals, the parent company of the state’s largest electric utility is putting at least $1 million into a campaign to ensure the Arizona Corporation Commission remains an all-Republican panel.

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Prices will go up with minimum wage hike

If Arizonans approve a hike in the minimum wage, be prepared to pay an extra 30 cents for that $5 burger, fries and soda at your favorite fast-food restaurant.

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Money from solar company could make or break Corporation Commission race

A major manufacturer of rooftop solar units is putting $140,000 into the effort to reelect Republican Bob Burns and elect Democrat Bill Mundell to the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Kirkpatrick, McCain spar over Clinton, Trump

Incumbent John McCain found himself on the defensive Monday over the fact it took months for him to conclude that Donald Trump is not fit to be president.

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Legal marijuana foes fund opposition to ballot question

Foes of legalized marijuana are amassing a huge amount of cash in a last-minute bid to quash the measure.

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No money to fight minimum wage hike question

Early voting starts Wednesday

Just days before early ballots go out – Wednesday – foes of a higher minimum wage finally have some money to spend on the campaign.

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Lawsuit seeks to protect imperiled ocelot

The endangered ocelot has found a couple of friends in federal court.

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Limited resources vex Child Safety

The kids are not alright

Inadequate reports and failure to attend some hearings by the Department of Child Safety may be delaying some Arizona children getting permanent placement according to a new report on the agency.

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Ducey has indentified doomed state agencies, regulations

Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he already is preparing a shopping list of state regulations and state agencies he wants to kill.

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Lower grocery prices ease grief at the grocery store

Bringing home the bacon costs more, but most everything else is less

That debate over the chicken or the egg is about to hit dinner tables.

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Abortions are down in Arizona, but why is debatable

Mohave, Yuma counties have lower rate than other counties compared to live births

Arizona had fewer abortions last year than since the state began its current method of keeping track.

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Firm that collected signatures for minimum wage sues ballot question’s backers


The private firm that collected signatures to put Proposition 206 on the November ballot is claiming it did not get paid all it is owned.

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Firm that collected signatures for minimum wage sues question’s backers

Company claims it's owed $65,000

The private firm that collected signatures to put Proposition 206 on the November ballot is claiming it did not get paid all it is owned.

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State Supreme Court: Police can charge parents with child molesting

The accused must prove 'no sexual intent'

The chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court is openly worrying that a new ruling will let police charge parents with child molesting for changing a baby’s diaper.

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Minimum wage will go up regardless of voters' preference, if only by a dime

Arizona’s minimum wage workers are going to get at least a dime-an-hour raise in January, no matter what voters decide at the ballot.

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Ducey steers clear of dustup between Trump, Flake

Gov. Doug Ducey is refusing to take sides in the latest dust-up between his party’s presidential nominee and the state’s junior senator.

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Minimum wage hike boosters raise $1.4M

Proponents of hiking the state’s minimum wage have already collected more than $1.4 million to put the issue on the November ballot and convince voters to support it.

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Arizona jobless rate ticks up again

The state’s jobless rate shot up for the fourth month in a row.