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How Proposition 206 will impact Arizona seniors

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While much of the attention to Proposition 206 has been directed toward restaurant and other service workers, there is a larger and more vulnerable population that will be significantly impacted by raising the minimum wage in Arizona –seniors and those who care for them.

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We all have a stake in the benefits of solar

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The Arizona Corporation Commission is holding a proceeding to determine the value of rooftop solar, the value that utilities should pay customers who deliver electricity back to the grid. It is clear that rooftop solar benefits all Arizonans.

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Legal pot increases crime, grows the black market

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If you listen to those who want to legalize marijuana in Arizona, you’ll hear promises of how it will lower crime rates and end the black market. As a law enforcement officer in Colorado, I can tell you that these are empty promises and not what’s happening in Colorado. The problems have been much bigger than the benefits.

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Native American farmers deserve to be fully represented on state agriculture board

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Arizona needs to face the fact that it its hundred year history as a state, it has done little to tangibly support or celebrate the dozen or so distinctive farming traditions of Native American communities found within its borders, nor of the other indigenous farmers (like the Yaqui) who have immigrated here to escape violence and oppression in their ancient homelands.

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Please vote no on Prop. 205: The evidence is everywhere

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As state legislators, public safety is one of our highest priorities. An initiative legalizing marijuana for recreational use is on the November ballot – Proposition 205. If approved by voters, this would be a dangerous and costly disaster for our state and we are making this public statement to let you know why.

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HB2023 throws a monkey wrench into the election system

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HB2023, Arizona’s new “ballot harvesting law” is difficult and expensive to enforce, and disproportionally affects minorities. This new law doesn’t even address fraud, a problem that its sponsor, Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, noted in committee, is covered by previous legislation.

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