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4:00 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Group Revives SB 1062 Fight in the Wake of High Court Decision

Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy
Credit The Republic

The group behind a vetoed religious freedom law intends to use Monday’s Supreme Court ruling as a chance to revamp it and try again next year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:06 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

State Supreme Court Shoots Down Signature Forgery Case

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The state Supreme Court ruled today that a veteran state senator cannot knock his Republican foe off the Aug. 26 primary election ballot. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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3:00 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Candidate Signature Forgery Hearing Could Have Statewide Implications

State Sen. Don Shooter, R-Yuma
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A court fight between two legislative candidates over forged signatures could have statewide implications. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:59 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Corporation Commission Candidates Debate Solar Tax

Republican candidates for Arizona Corporation Commission Doug Little and Vernon Parker at Wednesday debate.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Republicans running for the two open seats on the state Corporation Commission are divided on the issue of the taxability of solar panels on homes. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Huppenthal Distances Himself from Controversial Blog Comments

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal at Wednesday's press conference.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s top school official this afternoon distanced himself from comments he made anonymously online about welfare recipients and use of the Spanish language. But Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports John Huppenthal said he’s not going to resign.

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3:10 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Panel Votes to Give the State Legislature an $11,000 a Year Raise

Member of the Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers Joe Kanefield is one of three who voted in favor of the measure that will now head to voters.
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A special panel agreed this morning to ask voters whether to give state lawmakers an $11,000-a-year raise. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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9:11 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Judge Keeps Arizona Candidate Requirement for Signatures

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A federal judge on Monday refused Monday to ease the requirement for candidates to get on the ballot, at least for this year. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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9:00 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Immigrant Influx Draws Media Criticism from Gov. Brewer

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Sonora Gov. Guillermo Padres answer questions last week about the flood of immigrants across the border following the meeting of the Arizona-Mexico Commission.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The way Gov. Jan Brewer sees it, the media should be doing more to press the Obama administration for answers about the flood of immigrants across the border. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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3:40 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

State Sen. Al Melvin to Drop Bid in Republican Gubernatorial Primary

State Sen. Al Melvin
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Arizona state senator Al Melvin has announced he’s pulling out of the primary. As Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer, Melvin failed to gather enough small donations to make his campaign eligible for public funding.

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8:31 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Sonora, Mexico Governor Says No To Migrant Blockade

Migrants on a northbound train in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Credit Associated Press

The governor of Sonora said his government has no plans to try to block the thousands of Central Americans who make their way through his country from trying to reach the United States. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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