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House OKs budget over Republican objections (access required)

Despite most of the majority Republicans voting against a bulk of the bills, the House of Representatives gave final approval to a $10.6 billion state budget approved a day earlier by the Senate. As many as 21 Republicans voted against ...

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Wide support for budget in Senate vote (access required)

Working until early this evening, the Senate heard, discussed, and passed a $10.6 billion budget package first in committee and then on a vote of the entire Senate. The bills were heavily amended June 18 to reflect an accord reached ...

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Court upholds school voucher programs (access required)

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Bethany Hicks today ruled that the state’s school choice programs for special needs and foster children are constitutional. “This is the fifth lawsuit that school choice opponents have filed against educational aid programs designed to ...

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Comer executed (access required)

A convicted murderer who had been fighting to die for seven years was executed by injection this morning in Arizona. Robert Charles Comer is the first inmate to be put to death in Arizona since November 2000. The 50-year-old Comer ...

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Senate sends $10.6B budget to House (access required)

After months of negotiations, the Senate today approved a $10.6 billion budget for the next fiscal year and sent it to the House, which failed to approve its own budget yesterday. Senate leaders say the next move is to negotiate ...

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House budget fails (access required)

The House budget appears to have foundered, as the general appropriations bill failed on a floor vote May 15. The 27-31 vote came after the bill, H2781, was amended by Democrats during floor debate. While House Majority Leader Tom Boone, ...

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Ex-Rep. Jones facing 10 fraud felonies (access required)

Russ Jones (file photo) Former Rep. Russ Jones was indicted April 18 in Maricopa County on 10 felony counts stemming from his 2006 reelection campaign and allegations he fraudulently claimed to circulate election petitions. The Republican from Yuma was charged ...

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