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For the sake of education, Arizona needs to elect Fred DuVal

Arizona candidates for governor, from left, republican Doug Ducey, democrat Fred DuVal and libertarian Barry Hess during a public debate at the Jewish Community Center, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mike Christy)

Election season presents an opportunity for everyone in Arizona to think critically about the future. Our decisions on how best to move forward have generational effects on the diverse group of people who call this state home – and it’s crucial that the leaders we choose to carry out those decisions in Phoenix understand what’s at stake. We need Fred DuVal.

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I am a female Hispanic Democrat and I am voting for Doug Ducey

Arizona Treasurer and Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey formally announces the beginning of his campaign (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

We can no longer afford to compromise by electing career political insiders. As a native Arizonan and a sitting state legislator, I am faced with the consequences of the current economic climate every day. Our schools are underperforming, our businesses have been slow to recover and state revenues are falling short of projections. Doug Ducey is the only candidate I trust to improve Arizona because he has an honest, straightforward approach.

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Vote No on Prop. 480; It’s expensive and unwise

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In a recent Arizona Capitol Times commentary, advocates peddled support for Proposition 480, the county hospital bond proposal. It was revealing that the advocates left out the most important piece of information about the proposal; the price tag. This wasn’t an oversight but rather a clear recognition that the overwhelming cost of the proposal is impossible to justify.

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Pearce, progressivism and my party’s future

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The recent comments regarding forced birth control made by Russell Pearce, while certainly unacceptable and wholly inappropriate, uncover a fascinating insight into the nature, philosophical underpinnings and outlook of modern day conservatism and the Republican Party’s future.

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Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial to feature bell tower, life size statues (access required)

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In May 2013, Gov. Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2136, sponsored by Rep. Bob Robson, authorizing the construction of a statewide memorial on Wesley Bolin Plaza to commemorate the loss of 104 firefighters and paramedics in Arizona since 1902. A polished black granite wall will surround most of the site with firefighter names, dates and departments engraved in its slanted top.

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