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Campbell offers comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence (access required)

Arizona House of Representatives Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, speaks as he offers a plan to push a $100 million school and community safety plan that would triple funding for school resource officers, add money for mental health treatment and require background checks on all buyers at gun shows, at the Arizona Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, Phoenix.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell’s ideas for preventing a mass school shooting in Arizona include more cops in schools, more money pumped into the public-health system and stricter gun laws.

With a school resource officer and an award winning school counselor to help him make his case at a Jan. 9 press conference, Campbell said the cost of his 12-point plan would be $261 million. That would come from cutting a prized school-choice program favored by Republicans - the School Tuition Organization tax credit – as well as changes to tax laws and money from a $676 million budget surplus.

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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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