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Antenori appeals to conservative base in liberal-leaning district (access required)

Antenori appeals to conservative base in liberal-leaning district

Sen. Frank Antenori, a Republican from Tucson who is famous for being blunt, made a compelling case for his re-election at a park named after the late Morris K. Udall, southern Arizona’s beloved Democrat.

But nothing Antenori said on that nippy Oct. 13 afternoon was aimed at courting voters who hold moderate views.

It was all red meat to a crowd of adoring supporters, who view him as southern Arizona’s warrior-politician, the guy who’s holding back a horde of big spenders who are itching to raise people’s taxes at the first opportunity.

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School officials: Major cuts coming if Prop 204 fails

Kathy Knecht, a member of the Peoria Unified School District board, describes cuts her district endured during the economic downturn and what could happen if Proposition 204, the one-cent initiative, fails this November. (Photo by Luige del Puerto/Arizona Capitol Times.)

Supporters of the initiative to make permanent a temporary one-cent sales tax increase claimed today that its failure at the ballot in November would have dire repercussions, including the closure of schools, teacher layoffs and increases in class sizes. They also pushed back against opponents’ assertion that revenues from the tax won’t reach the classroom.

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