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Flanagan defends his leadership at Dept of Child Safety (access required)

Former Department of Child Safety Director Charles Flanagan was fired by Gov. Doug Ducey on Feb. 10. He defended his time leading the agency, and said child safety was always his top priority. (Photo by Rachel Leingang/Arizona Capitol Times)

Fired Department of Child Safety director Charles Flanagan defended himself against allegations his process of getting through a backlog of cases was dangerous to abused children, and said he’s speaking out for the first time since his firing to defend the record of his administration and DCS employees who have been smeared by recent news reports based on allegations from Greg McKay, the newly appointed director of the agency.

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Politics 101: How government becomes more complicated (access required)

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Traditionally, Republicans campaign on limiting government, but many introduce one or more bills that would expand government right after they win re-election. It’s done in various ways – establishing a new commission, adding new regulations for an industry, launching a new program, or adding to what has already been established.

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