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Arizona’s gun debate turns right (access required)

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Democratic gun measures die as Republicans move to strengthen Second Amendment rights

As many states debate gun control following the grisly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Arizona lawmakers have joined the ranks of legislatures pushing for gun owners’ rights.

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Tobin’s water plan delayed, but not defeated (access required)

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House Speaker Andy Tobin is sailing ahead in his attempt to pass a comprehensive long-term water plan for the state, even in the face of a flood of opposition from rural cities, counties, ranchers, farmers and conservationists.

Tobin’s marquee water legislation, HB2338, headed for a vote in the House Water and Agriculture Committee on Feb. 19. But when opponents showed up en masse, the committee decided not to hold a vote.

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Bill inspired by Colorado City sets procedure to take over corrupt police departments (access required)

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A bill spawned by police corruption in a polygamist town received unanimous approval Tuesday in the House Government Committee.

And while the bill passed easily and has support of police unions, sparks flew when a Utah civil rights attorney who spoke against the measure suggested the U.S. Department of Justice and Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board could address corrupt police departments.

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Senate panel debates ‘seductive evils’ of U.N. sustainability doctrine (access required)

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An Arizona Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit the state or any local government within Arizona from abiding by the principles of a United Nations declaration on sustainable development.

“The truth contained within this United Nations program is something sinister and dark,” Burges testified to a round of applause in committee. “The plan calls for government to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decisions in the hands of private property owners.”

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Clearing the haze (access required)

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Critics vow to battle costly federal plan for coal-powered plants

The edict by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would affect the Apache, Cholla and Coronado plants and could collectively cost Arizona utility companies as much as $1 billion.

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