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Lawmaker cites social life in failed effort to pass backyard chicken bill

Lawmaker cites social life in failed effort to pass backyard chicken bill

PHOENIX — State lawmakers refused Wednesday to overturn local zoning laws about keeping chickens in backyards even though an Oro Valley Republican quipped it would help him with his social life.

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Kenneth Harney: Ride may be bumpy for homeowners’ tax-benefit renewal

WASHINGTON — Renewal of important expired federal tax benefits for homeowners took a major step forward in the last two weeks, but the route to final congressional approval is beginning to look longer — and potentially bumpier — than previously expected.

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George Will: How GOP may win Senate seat from Michigan, of all places

DETROIT — Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer Abraham in 1994, has been elected to the Senate and for only one term. Evidence that former Michigan Secretary of State Te…

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McCain adds voice to effort to save aging A-10 fighter

Arizona’s senior senator has added his name to a growing chorus of politicians opposed to plans to ground the entire A-10 fleet.

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Ruth Marcus: An emotional double standard

Let's have a rational discussion about the word "emotional."

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U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake: Stop the IRS abuse of free speech

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake: Stop the IRS abuse of free speech

Few qualities are more American than a zeal for fair play. That’s why, when reports emerged last spring that the Internal Revenue Service was targeting conservative groups applying for a certain tax-exempt status, fair-minded folks of all political stripes expressed outrage.

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Arizona lawmakers reach $9.23B budget compromise

PHOENIX – State lawmakers approved a $9.23 billion budget for the coming fiscal year Monday as Senate Republicans agreed on a spending plan higher than they had originally wanted but still less than sought by Gov. Jan Brewer and even their House GOP counterparts.

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Eugene Robinson: Blot will remain until torture report is released

Torture is immoral, illegal and irreconcilable with this nation’s most cherished values. If defenders of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program disagree, they should come out and say so. Instead, they blow smoke.

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George Will: A tax reformer's uphill push

The Sisyphean task of tax reform should be tried only by someone who will not flinch from igniting some highly flammable people — those who believe that whatever wrinkle in the tax code benefits them is an eternal entitlement. Tax reform’s Senate champion is Ron Wyden, the affable, cerebral …

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Jonah Goldberg: Obama's stand-up routine is laughable indeed

President Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something.

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Terry Bracy: Our aging democratic institutions need professional help

Terry Bracy: Our aging democratic institutions need professional help

House Intelligence committee Chairman Mike Rogers, a respected figure at the Capitol for a decade, last week became the institution’s latest early retiree. The decision of Rogers, a Michigan Republican, is not part of a normal generational turnover, but rather a new trend in my experience — …

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Biggs: Expect major changes to proposed Ariz. budget before consensus

Biggs: Expect major changes to proposed Ariz. budget before consensus

PHOENIX — The state Senate may not accept the changes to the budget made late Thursday by the House, Senate President Andy Biggs said.

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Rift among Republican lawmakers leaves Arizona House without a budget deal

PHOENIX — Saying the plan shorts child safety and education, six dissident House Republicans said Wednesday that talks have broken down with their own party leaders, leaving a proposed $9.2 billion state budget in limbo.

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Senate panel OKs fire immunity for state Land Department

Senate panel OKs fire immunity for state Land Department

PHOENIX — State lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to immunize the Land Department from mistakes and negligence that result in forest fires — even if that means destroyed homes and dead firefighters.

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Bill that would require Arizona to adjust tax brackets for inflation moves to governor

PHOENIX — It looks like Gov. Jan Brewer is going to have to decide whether Arizona taxpayers should be penalized because of inflation — at least for this coming year.

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State GOP leaders work late on new budget plan

PHOENIX — House Republican leaders late Monday gave up trying to corral the votes for a new budget, at least for now.

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GOP end late-night budget talks without a deal

PHOENIX — House Republican leaders late Monday gave up trying to corral the votes for a new budget, at least for now.

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Senate panel OKs money for Glendale to host Super Bowl

PHOENIX — State lawmakers moved closer Friday to giving Glendale a chance to recover some of its costs for hosting the 2015 Super Bowl.

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Budget slice for Arizona kids gets bigger

PHOENIX — Caving in part to demands by the governor, the state Senate voted 16-13 Thursday for a nearly $9.2 billion spending plan that includes more cash for child welfare and education than they had first offered.

March 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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