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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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APS seeks a ‘gradual’ 320 percent solar fee hike

Less than two years after the Corp Comm approved a small monthly surcharge on residential solar, APS is back, asking energy regulators to impose a 320 percent increase in the solar fee. In its application to the commission, APS said the hike is needed because the current $5 monthly surcharge on a typical 7-kilowatt solar system does not come close to solar customers’ fair share of maintaining the electric grid.

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Fracture in pot alliance leads to retaliation threats

The public fracture between marijuana legalization supporters last week prompted the executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project to threaten “to harm” the medical marijuana dispensary owned by the doctor who is leading the splinter group, which announced Friday that it will run its own ballot initiative.

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