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  • Boxing Commission expedites hearing, reinstates Diaz’ boxing license

    The Arizona Boxing Commission has reinstated Joe Diaz’ boxing license. The commission voted unanimously this afternoon to restore the license that was stripped from Diaz five years ago. The hearing was originally scheduled to take place three days ago, but commissioners agreed to reschedule it when …

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  • Diaz’ hearing postponed; 25 subpoenas on the way

    The Arizona Boxing Commission rarely has to deal with dozens of subpoenas and the prospect of 10 hours of witness testimony for a simple licensing hearing. Yet that’s exactly the scenario that was laid out by Joe Diaz’ attorneys this morning.

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  • Put Diaz back in the ring

    For the past five years, Diaz has operated as a sort of boxing outcast. He is an unsanctioned expert who still runs Joe Diaz’ Top Level Boxing Gym on Ninth Avenue, which has retained a small band of followers. He still works with his most-prized fighter, Ramon “Yori Boy” Campas. And, perhaps more importantly, Diaz is still tough as nails.

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  • Predictions break up repetition on the Capitol chicken circuit

    I have been a regular on the Capitol luncheon circuit for the past three years, which qualifies me a connoisseur of chicken, political speeches and the sauces that they put on chicken to make it seem like their chicken is different than the last chicken.

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  • AZ delegation, candidates weigh in on health care legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives on March 21 voted 219 to 212 to pass the health care legislation that the Senate had already approved. The vote sends the measure to President Obama, who expects to sign the legislation March 23. After the vote, Arizona’s congressional delegation explained either their support or their opposition. Candidates for Congress also weighed in.

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  • McCain, Pullen feud erupts over fundraising

    The feud has worsened between Sen. John McCain and Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen, now that Pullen has withdrawn his endorsement of McCain and both sides are fighting over campaign fundraising.

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  • Comment minimized the life of civil rights leader

    The Arizona Capitol Times made a mistake last week that caused confusion for many readers and minimized the life work of a tireless leader of the labor movement. A story that referred to Dolores Huerta should have contained a fairer and more accurate description of …

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  • Senate reaches filing deadline; fewer bills on tap

    The bill moratorium is over, but senators still filed fewer bills this year than they did last year. This year, 443 bills were filed in the Senate before the Feb. 1 deadline. The House still has another week before representatives are cut off.

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  • Pierce replaces Gorman on Senate Finance Committee

    Sen. Pamela Gorman’s resignation of her Senate seat on Jan. 25 created a vacancy in the Senate Finance Committee, where she served as member.

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  • Lawmakers’ first duty: Show up and vote

    Here’s the simple mathematics of representative government: Arizona taxpayers pay for lawmakers to show up and vote on every bill in the Legislature. Now here’s the flaw in that equation: Lawmakers get paid whether they show up or not. Unfortunately, many Arizona residents were underrepresented at the Capitol during last year’s regular legislative session.

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