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Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services

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Court decision may limit legal definition of medical marijuana

A new ruling from the state Court of Appeals threatens to make criminals out of medical marijuana patients who choose edibles and drinks rather than smoking the drug and the dispensaries that prepare and sell them.

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Ducey doesn't back Douglas on teacher walkout reprimands

Gov. Doug Ducey is not interested in disciplining the tens of thousands of teachers who walked out of school during the six-day #RedForEd strike.

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Stringer: Racism label result of 'Democrat hit piece'

PHOENIX -- Hoping to put the controversy behind him, Rep. David Stringer came here Wednesday to tell a group of African-Americans that he is working on issues of interest to their community and his comments last week about immigration and assimilation were misconstrued or misunderstood.

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Arizona Supreme Court upholds Don Shooter's candidacy for AZ Senate

Don Shooter will get a chance to get back into the Arizona Legislature.

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Corporation Commission considers requirement of 80% renewable energy by 2050

With a renewable energy initiative ready to be filed next week, a state utility regulator is filing his own proposal, one that electric companies are likely to find more attractive.

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Court rules state denial of DACA drivers licenses illegal

A federal judge has swatted down efforts by the Ducey administration to deny licenses to some deferred action recipients even after a federal appeals court ruled that the state is legally required to provide licenses for others similar legal status.

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AZ Supreme Court takes up question of whether Wendy Rogers can be on CD1 primary ballot

Wendy Rogers has no right to have her name on the Republican ballot for Congress because her nominating petitions were flawed, a lawyer for political foes is arguing to the Arizona Supreme Court.

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Douglas lacking support in effort to discipline teachers who participated in statewide walkout

PHOENIX -- The state Board of Education won’t be weighing whether to discipline tens of thousands of teachers who walked out during the #RedForEd strike -- at least not yet.

Despite nominating petition error, judge allows Wendy Rogers to proceed with CD1 candidacy

PHOENIX -- Wendy Rogers can run for Congress in the Republican primary despite an error on her nominating petitions, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Smith ruled.

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Prescott Rep. Noel Campbell says ‘racist’ label unfair to embattled lawmaker David Stringer

PHOENIX -- Embattled Rep. David Stringer has picked up an ally in his defense of his comments about the effects of immigration: his Prescott Republican seatmate.

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GOP school superintendent candidates press need for ‘intelligent design’ in school curriculum

Three of the Republicans hoping to be state school superintendent want students exposed to and taught “intelligent design,’’ but not necessarily as part of the science curriculum.

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Ducey refuses to debate 'fringe' candidate Ken Bennett

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey won't debate his Republican foe, with an aide calling Ken Bennett a "fringe'' candidate despite the fact he was elected secretary of state in 2010.

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Governor: National Guard troops will continue border patrol

Gov. Doug Ducey won't withdraw National Guard troops from the border even though he objects to President Trump's policy of separating children from their families.

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Kirkpatrick prevails in residency challenge in CD2 race

Ann Kirkpatrick is a resident of Tucson and entitled to run for the open congressional seat being vacated by Martha McSally, a judge ruled this afternoon.

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It’s official: Ducey to seek re-election as governor

Gov. Doug Ducey promised Monday to make another attempt to let police and courts take guns away from potentially dangerous people if voters return him to office in November.

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Kirkpatrick faces legal challenge over residency in CD2 race

Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick acknowledged Monday she was circulating petitions for her congressional bid last year and earlier this year which bore a Tucson address where she did not live at the time.

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Arizona Republican Party calls on Rep. Stringer to resign

Citing his comments on immigrants and immigration, the Arizona Republican Party is calling on Rep. David Stringer to resign.

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Citing GOP extremism, state senator opts not to seek re-election

Decrying the direction of his Republican Party, state Sen. Bob Worsley yanked his name from this year's ballot.

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Lawmaker expelled from House now making run for Arizona State Senate

PHOENIX -- Don Shooter is a resident of Yuma and is legally qualified to make a bid for a political comeback to be a senator from the legislative district that he has represented before, a judge ruled Friday.

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Court hears arguments in Gosar case concerning blocked Facebook commenters

A congressional attorney is asking a federal judge here to toss out a lawsuit demanding that Rep. Paul Gosar be barred from blocking them -- or anyone -- from his Facebook page.

Arizona jobless rate falls to 4.7 percent

Arizona's jobless rate dropped two tenths of a point to 4.7 percent last month, driven in large part by an unusually strong showing in the state's construction industry. And there are indications on the horizon that trend will continue -- unless rising interest rates dampen demand.

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Ken Bennett faces legal challenge over nomination petitions in governor's race

Political allies of incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey are going to court to keep him from having to face a challenger in the Republican primary.

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Prescott lawmaker: Immigration 'represents an existential threat to the United States''

A first-term Prescott lawmaker is warning that immigration "represents an existential threat to the United States'' and needs to be curtailed before the country is irrevocably altered.

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Effort to outlaw ‘dark money’ in campaigns gains support

Republican Vernon Parker said Wednesday he supports an initiative to outlaw "dark money'' in political campaigns because he knows what it's like to be the victim of it.

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Secretary of State agrees to provisions to ease voter registration process

The state's top election official has agreed to remove a series of hurdles now in the path of those who want to register to vote.

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Bennett rejects notion that Cindy McCain should succeed her husband in Senate

Gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett is using the question of who would replace John McCain if and when the senator quits or dies to round up votes and raise money for his gubernatorial campaign.

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State extends comment period on evolution debate in high school science standards

Arizonans will get a bit more time to weigh in on the proposed new science standards for high schools, including the bid by Diane Douglas, the superintendent of public instruction, to eliminate several reference to "evolution.''

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Prescott's Ken Bennett to challenge Ducey in governor's race

Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey isn't going to get a free ride to the November election.

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Governor wants continued teaching of evolution in Arizona public schools

Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he believes evolution should remain part of the science standards for public high schools, despite what is being proposed by the state’s top school official.

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Court rules some rape suspects are eligible for bail

The state cannot deny the opportunity for bail for accused rapists even if the proof is evident even before trial that the person committed the crime, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.

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Diane Douglas seeks removal of evolution from Arizona high school curriculum

The state’s top school official is trying to downplay -- and in some cases remove entirely -- references to evolution in the standards of what students are supposed to be taught in Arizona high schools.

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Texas school shooting: Lawmakers press governor to call special session on gun control

PHOENIX -- Democrat lawmakers are using Friday’s school shooting in Texas in a bid to get Gov. Doug Ducey to call lawmakers into special session to adopt new gun laws.

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Governor vetoes bill to raise auto minimum liability limits

PHOENIX -- Motorists are going to be able to operate their cars and trucks on Arizona roads with the same level of liability insurance they had to purchase in 1972.

Governor signs law making it harder for jobless Arizonans to receive benefits

Arizonans who don't take pretty much any job after being out of work for at least four weeks will lose their unemployment benefits.

Arizona's jobless rate at 4.9%

Arizona's jobless rate is stalled -- and at a rate higher than earlier this year -- even as the national figure continues to drop.

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Ducey open to off-track betting for Arizonans

Gov. Doug Ducey is open to the idea of allowing Arizonans to place bets on sporting events at 55 off-track betting sites around the state.

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Coming soon: delivery robots

Coming soon to a sidewalk near you: 200 pound autonomous delivery robots.

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CA$H CROP: Governor signs legislation allowing Arizona farmers to grow hemp

PHOENIX -- Don’t be surprised if sometime next year you see acres and acres of what appears to be marijuana growing, unfenced, in the desert.

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Supreme Court ruling may open door to legalized sports wagering in Arizona

PHOENIX -- A new ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court could open the door to Arizonans legally betting for -- or against -- the Diamondbacks, the Cardinals and even the Wildcats, Sun Devils and Lumberjacks. And it could mean more money for the state.

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Federal Court rules in favor of ballot harvesting law

A federal judge won't overturn a law that makes it a felony to bring someone else's early ballot to a polling place.

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Arizona Supreme Court agrees to hear Snowbowl arguments

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Hopi tribe can try to block the use of treated effluent to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks.

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Ducey determined to push school gun safety plan

Undeterred by opposition from his own party, Gov. Doug Ducey is determined to make another bid this coming year to let parents and school officials ask judges to take guns away from people who are a danger to themselves or others -- assuming he’s still governor.

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AG warns Sedona against short-term vacation rental licenses

PHOENIX — The Attorney General’s Office is telling Sedona to stop licensing short-term vacation rentals or lose half of its state aid.

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Medical pot testing bill fails to pass before end of session

Arizona’s more than 162,000 medical marijuana users are not going to get any state protection from being sold drugs that are tainted with pesticides or mold, at least not for the time being.

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Voters will have last say on voucher program

It looks like voters are going to get the last word on whether they want more tax dollars used to send children to private and parochial schools.

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Gov. Ducey signs legislation granting teachers average 19% pay increase within 3 years

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation early Thursday granting teachers an average 19 percent pay increase within three years.

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#RedForEd decides it's time for teachers to go back to work

Unable to convince Republicans to provide more cash for K-12 education, members of the #RedForEd movement told members late Tuesday to go back to work.

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New budget deal pledges 9-percent raise for teachers

Rebuffing last-minute protests by educators picketing the Capitol, Republican lawmakers took the first steps Monday to providing a 9-percent raise this coming year for teachers. But not necessarily all teachers.

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State teacher walkout enters third day

Goldwater Institute attorney claims teachers conducting an illegal strike

The teacher strike enters its third day Monday as educators remain dissatisfied with the pay hike proposal by Gov. Doug Ducey and many schools remain closed despite threats by the Goldwater Institute to sue.

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Income tax surcharge proposed to support higher education

Ignored by the governor and GOP lawmakers, a coalition of teachers, parents and education advocates are taking their case for more state dollars for classrooms directly to voters even as Ducey and legislative leaders say they’ve reached a budget deal -- one that ignores those demands.