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Ex-DOA chief claims he was fired for blowing whistle

Former DOA Director Brian McNeil took the first step toward a lawsuit against the state over his October 2014 firing by filing a notice of claim on Tuesday. It alleges that the governor’s office illegally released confidential information and intentionally painted him in a false light when it released an EEOC complaint from an unnamed female employee who alleged that McNeil had made discriminatory remarks about her race and gender.

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Maybe he’s hoping Congress will ride to the rescue

If the US Supreme Court strikes down subsidies for those who purchase insurance on Obamacare’s federally run insurance exchanges, it will force Arizona (and dozens of other states) to make a tough decision whether to create its own exchange or let more than 200,000 people lose their health insurance.

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Well done, sir

Arizona’s political world is in mourning today (April 10) after former Gov. Raúl Castro, the only Latino elected to the state’s highest office, passed away at the age of 98.

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Remember, he’s our guest, so be nice

Higher education suffered the most under the spending plan the governor signed into law last month, and today (April 9), Ducey faced its leaders. But if there was any animosity between the governor and the regents, it didn’t show in today’s ABOR meeting.

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Pima prepares to sue over state budget

Pima County yesterday (April 7) authorized the hiring of an outside counsel to prepare a lawsuit alleging that a budget provision reducing property tax levies for some school districts is unconstitutional. Lobbyist Michael Racy told our reporter today (April 8) that the provision in S1476 (budget; BRB; K-12 education; FY2015-16) is especially hard on Pima County.

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Hit me with your best shot

After his speech, McCain spoke with reporters about the coming campaign. He said he didn’t know whether Ward or another challenger would run against him in the primary, but that he expects fight. “I’ve never minded a good fight, and I will look forward to another one, if it’s necessary,” he said.

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Talk of an extinction level event is exaggerated

Talk of a “death spiral” for utilities or speculation about an existential threat from rooftop solar is off base, APS insists. John Hatfield, the utility’s VP of communications, told our reporter last week that the narrative about a battle pitting the utilities against rooftop solar is “compelling but false.”

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