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5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Candidates for Schools Chief Clash in Sole Debate of the Campaign

Democrat David Garcia and Republican Diane Douglas debate Thursday night in the race for state superintendent of public instruction, hosted at KAET-TV by Ted Simons.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

On Thursday night, the Republican contender for state schools chief said voters should choose her to protect education from academicians and federal bureaucrats. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:00 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

More Light Shed on 6,600 Uninvestigated Child Abuse Cases

Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, left, talks about needed reforms to the child welfare system last year. With her is Gov. Jan Brewer.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The final results are in as to what happened to those nearly 6,600 complaints of child abuse that were never investigated. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Kirkpatrick and Tobin Square Off in CD-1 Debate

State House Speaker Andy Tobin and incumbent Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick face off Wednesday at KAET-TV with host Ted Simons.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

Congressional challenger Andy Tobin sought votes during a debate Wednesday night by arguing that if you don’t like Barack Obama you should oust incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer was there.

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4:29 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

State Representative Cleared on Sign Destruction Charges

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A Chandler lawmaker is off the hook on charges that he destroyed some political signs during last month’s primary. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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2:37 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Could Arizona’s ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Make Iconic Images Criminal?

State Rep. J.D. Mesnard
Credit Paul Atkinson/KJZZ

Booksellers and others asked a federal judge today to void a new state law aimed at “revenge porn” because it also could land them in prison. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:59 am
Tue September 23, 2014

School Officials and State Lawmakers Clash in School Funding Impasse

Jen Darland who has two children in Tucson elementary schools complained Monday the failure of the state to fund annual inflation adjustments has harmed her youngsters — and will continue to do so without a deal soon.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

School officials on Monday warned warning state lawmakers that if they don’t take a deal to settle the inflation adjustment lawsuit — and soon — taxpayers could be on the hook for another $1.3 billion. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:58 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Campaign Funding Takes Center Stage at Corporation Commission Debate

Corporation Commission candidates Doug Little, Jim Holway, Sandra Kennedy and Tom Forese face off Monday night in a televised debate with host Ted Simons.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

At a Monday night debate the hottest issue among the four candidates for corporation commission was who might be funding their campaigns. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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4:05 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Symington Endorses Felecia Rotellini for State Attorney General

Former Arizona governor Fife Symington has endorsed Democrat Felecia Rotellini in the state's attorney general race.
Credit The Arizona Republic

Democrat Felecia Rotellini picked up what could be an important endorsement today in her bid for attorney general. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:52 am
Mon September 22, 2014

State Argues Gay Marriage Dissuades Straights from Wedding

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Attorneys for the state are telling a federal judge that if he allows gays to wed then fewer straight couples will be willing to tie the knot. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Rising Jobless Rate Fuels Debate in Governor’s Race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal addresses the audience last month at a forum in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A new report showing the state’s jobless rate rising for the third straight month is fueling a key debate in the gubernatorial campaign. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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