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Howard Fischer, For the Courier

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Law making it harder for public to get measures on ballot stays put for now

A new law making it harder for voters to put their own measures on the ballot will remain on the books, at least for now.

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Population growing, shifting in Arizona

Yavapai County sees 1.9 percent increase

PHOENIX — If you’re wondering where Arizona is putting all of its new residents, look to the far suburbs.

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Attorney: House leaders suppressing investigation that led to Don Shooter ouster

The attorney for Don Shooter charged Wednesday that House leaders are illegally trying to hide the notes of investigators who prepared the report that led to his ouster on charges of sexual harassment.

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Gov. Ducey to lawmakers: Back off plans to repeal $32 vehicle fee

Gov. Doug Ducey signaled that state lawmakers should back off plans to repeal or reduce a new $32-a-vehicle registration fee to pay to operate the Highway Patrol.

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Gov. Ducey threatens veto of any drought plan that doesn’t include equal share

Gov. Doug Ducey threatened Tuesday to veto any drought contingency plan that does not equitably divide up the pain of Arizona having less water in 2020 and eventually leads to lower water use in the state.

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Judge: State must pay $1.9M in legal fees for ‘Dreamers’ case

The unsuccessful bid by Gov. Jan Brewer and the state to keep “dreamers” from getting licenses to drive is going to cost Arizona nearly $2 million.

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State lawmaker seeking repeal of $32 ‘sneaky’ vehicle fee

Calling its enactment “sneaky,’’ a veteran lawmaker wants to repeal a new $32-a-vehicle fee on every car, truck, motorcycle and trailer that is being used to balance the state budget.

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Gov. Ducey: Will not seek Senate seat in 2020

PHOENIX — Ending months of speculation, Gov. Doug Ducey said he’s not going to run for the Senate — at least not in 2020.

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Schools will be seeing new school buses, no cost

More than four dozen Arizona school districts are getting new school buses at no cost to taxpayers.

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Ducey campaign deflects on issue of $500K donation

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t say whether he knows who is behind the single largest contribution to his re-election campaign.

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Ducey: Unaware of ‘massive surge’ of migrants

Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday he has no knowledge of Arizona “bracing for a massive surge’’ of migrants through a “non-walled’’ part of the border despite a warning by President Donald Trump.

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Judge: No exceptions to campaign finance spending disclosure

A judge has slapped down efforts by Gov. Doug Ducey and the Republican-controlled Legislature to create new exceptions to laws that require disclosure of campaign finance spending.

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Stringer removed from House Education Committee as fallout at Capitol continues

State Rep. David Stringer's remarks continue to have fallout at the Capitol.

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Arizona officials agree to $100M plan to deal with water shortage

PHOENIX — Arizona water officials and others agreed to a $100 million plan Thursday — including $30 million in state tax revenues — designed to deal with the inevitability that the state will have less Colorado River water in 2020.

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Supreme Court rules against Hopi Tribe in Snowbowl case

The Arizona Supreme Court has squashed what could be the last legal maneuver to block the use of treated effluent to make snow on the San Francisco Peaks.

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Libertarian party claims Gov. Ducey acted illegally in delaying election for McCain’s seat

PHOENIX — Claiming Gov. Doug Ducey acted illegally, the former chairman of the Arizona Libertarian Party has sued to give voters a say in who replaces John McCain — and soon.

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Vehicle registration fee to increase $32

News Analysis

That balanced budget that Gov. Doug Ducey said wouldn’t raise taxes is going to cost Arizona motorists an extra $32 a year for every car, truck and motorcycle they have.

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Rep. Stringer of Prescott loses chairmanship for ‘vile’ comments

PHOENIX — The latest comments by a Prescott Republican lawmaker about race, immigration and assimilation have cost him the chairmanship of a committee he has sought for years.

State formulating $100M plan to combat water shortfalls

Arizona water officials and others agreed to a $100 million plan Thursday — including $30 million in state tax revenues — designed to deal with the inevitability that the state will have less Colorado River water in 2020.

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Justice urged Ducey to name county attorney to U.S. Senate days after McCain death

Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick urged Gov. Doug Ducey to name Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to the U.S. Senate just days after John McCain died.

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Navajo Nation drops legal claim in general election results

PHOENIX ­— The Navajo Nation has dropped a legal claim that could have delayed formal certification of the general election results.

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Kirk Adams quits Gov. Ducey’s chief of staff post

PHOENIX — There’s an argument to be made that Doug Ducey would not be governor today if it were not for Kirk Adams, who on Monday announced he was quitting as Ducey’s chief of staff.

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Arizona high court's ruling supports legal tactic used to keep initiatives off ballot

The Arizona Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a legal tactic used by those seeking to keep voter-proposed laws off the ballot.

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Navajo Nation claims discrimination, says state kept tribal members’ votes from being counted

The Navajo Nation is claiming that the state and several counties illegally discriminated against tribal members and kept them from having their votes counted.

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Arizona Supreme Court to decide religious discrimination case

The state’s high court has agreed to decide whether cities can force businesses to do work for those whose views, practices or lifestyles conflict with the owners’ religious beliefs.

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Gov. Ducey appoints DuVal to Arizona Board of Regents

Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Fred DuVal Monday to the Arizona Board of Regents four years after getting himself elected by blasting his Democrat foe for sharp increases he approved in university tuition.

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New report reveals toy makers may be after child’s privacy

It was bad enough when parents had to worry about choking hazards, poisonous chemicals and excessive noise when buying presents.

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Will it be harder for voters to propose laws in the future?

PHOENIX — That record number of Arizonans who turned out to vote this year has a dark side for direct democracy: It’s going to be harder for voters to propose their own laws or get rid of ones they don’t like.

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Gaynor concedes to Hobbs in tight secretary of state race

Steve Gaynor finally conceded late Friday he isn’t going to be secretary of state.

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Latest vote tally reveals Hobbs in lead for secretary of state

Katie Hobbs is going to be Arizona’s next secretary of state — and a heartbeat away from governor — absent a sudden and unlikely last-minute burst of Republican votes from Maricopa County.

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ACC asks judge to block bid to investigate APS election finances

Attorneys for members of the Arizona Corporation Commission told a judge Tuesday he should block a bid by one of the panel’s members to investigate whether financial help they got or are suspected of getting from Arizona Public Service for their elections tainted their vote to allow the company to collect more money from customers.

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Price of Thanksgiving meal in Arizona down slightly

Drop in turkey costs caused by increase in supply

PHOENIX — A healthy supply of turkeys is going to make the cost of feeding the family Thanksgiving dinner a bit less expensive this year.

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Vote Update: Democrat Katie Hobbs maintaining lead for secretary of state, but barely

The latest votes counted appear to put Democrat Sandra Kennedy close to being able to reclaim a seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Senate seat after Martha McSally concedes

PHOENIX — The latest batch of votes counted Monday put the U.S. Senate out of the reach of Republican Martha McSally and into the hands of an Arizona Democrat for the first time since 1994.

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Arizona general election recounts require less than 1% margin

PHOENIX — Any losing candidate in the general election who is counting on an automatic recount needs to come close to winning.

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Sinema still holding lead, Hobbs within striking distance for Secretary of State

PHOENIX — New election returns Sunday put Democrat Katie Hobbs in striking distance in the race for secretary of state.

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State pushes for court ruling to allow ban on companies that boycott Israel

PHOENIX — Attorneys for the state want a federal appeals court to allow it to deny public contracts to those who boycott Israel, saying Arizona has a legitimate interest in denying support to the Palestine Liberation Army and its “unsavory — and frequently murderous — ends.’’

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Latest vote tally helps Dems more

‘Emergency voting,’ ballot checks alarm GOP

Unless the trend in election returns shift — and soon — Arizona will get its first Democrat in the U.S. Senate in decades.

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Mount Lemmon fire dept. sued for discrimination

Two former Mount Lemmon firefighters have won the right to sue the tiny department for age discrimination.

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Vote tally: Kennedy edges Glassman in CorpCom race

New vote totals late Friday now have Democrat Sandra Kennedy in a position of taking a seat on the currently all-Republican Arizona Corporation Commission.

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Court orders counties to effort all votes

Ruling affects questionable early ballots

Residents in all of the state’s 15 counties are going to get another few days to fix problems with their early ballots to ensure their votes are counted.

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Sinema takes slight lead in race for US Senate seat

McSally remains confident she will prevail

The latest returns from the state’s two largest counties have given Kyrsten Sinema the lead in her bid for the U.S. Senate — barely.

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How early ballots are checked, counted at issue in court

A legal bid by Republicans to change ballot-counting procedures may be too late to help any of their candidates in close races.

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Rusty Bowers named House speaker, Prescott’s Karen Fann chosen as Senate president

Newly elected House Speaker Rusty Bowers inherits a chamber where he can’t afford to alienate a single Republican.

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600K ballots remain uncounted in Arizona; state schools chief, McSally-Sinema race up in air

Some 600,000 ballots that remain uncounted Wednesday are leaving the race for U.S. Senate and the state schools chief up in the air - along with possibly some legislative races - perhaps for days.

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Early returns show Prop 127 soundly defeated; Legislature loses sales tax fight

PHOENIX - A $31 million campaign by the state's electric utilities proved enough to keep voters from adopting a constitutional mandate that they generate at least half of their power from renewable sources by 2030.

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Arizona Election Update: Gaynor wins Secretary of State; AG Brnovich to serve another term

PHOENIX - Democrats proved unable on Tuesday to break the stranglehold that Republicans now have on statewide offices.

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Arizonans vote to limit voucher program

PHOENIX - Arizona voters refused Tuesday to ratify a bid by Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers to allow any of the state's $1.1 million students in public schools to get vouchers of state tax dollars to attend private and parochial schools.

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Preliminary returns show Gov. Ducey elected to 2nd term

PHOENIX — Outmatched in funding and outmaneuvered, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful David Garcia failed Tuesday in his bid to oust incumbent Doug Ducey.

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