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Pearce says District 25 dispute is over cheating (access required)

Russell Pearce (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Former Senate President Russell Pearce said the dispute over organizational elections in Legislative District 25 is over cheating, not a power struggle between political factions as it has been portrayed in a federal lawsuit.

Pearce, a precinct committeeman in the heavily conservative Mesa district, said the lawsuit, filed Dec. 24 in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, is an attempt to cover up cheating and fraud that was committed by a few people.

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No ceasefire during Christmas

On Christmas Eve, the establishment camp of the LD25 GOP filed a complaint against the Maricopa County Republican Party, the party’s ad hoc investigative committee, and its chairman, Rob Haney, and asked a federal court to ensure that the district party officers who were elected last month are seated.

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AG’s Office, sheriffs to provide firearms training to school personnel (access required)

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne attends the official election canvass approval signing at the Historic Senate Chambers at the Capitol, Monday Dec. 3, 2012, in Phoenix. Horne is being investigated by the State Bar over allegations stemming from an investigation into alleged campaign finance violations. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

In the wake of the massacre that left 20 children dead at a Connecticut elementary school, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office wants to provide firearms training to one employee at every school.

Under the plan, which Attorney General Tom Horne announced today, every K-12 school in the state can designate its principal or another employee to receive extensive training to in firearms use and emergency response.

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Ranchers split over US border security plan

In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2012 photo, rancher Dan Bell checks out part of the property he leases at the border fence between the United States and Mexico, in Nogales, Ariz. When Bell drives through the property, he speaks of the hurdles that the Border Patrol faces in his rolling green hills of oak and mesquite trees: The hours it takes to drive to some places, the wilderness areas that are generally off-limits to motorized vehicles, and the environmental reviews required to extend a dirt road. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

When Dan Bell drives through his 35,000-acre cattle ranch, he speaks of the hurdles that the Border Patrol faces in his rolling green hills of oak and mesquite trees — the hours it takes to drive to some places, the wilderness areas that are generally off-limits to motorized vehicles, the environmental reviews required to extend a dirt road.

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