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The forgotten ones — children and adults with disabilities

In Gov. Jan Brewer’s recent State of the State speech, she spoke of protecting Arizona’s most vulnerable citizens. Certainly, we must protect children in danger of abuse or neglect, but what are we doing to protect another population which is just as vulnerable? Children and adults with developmental disabilities are struggling to find services in a system which has been cut so much in the last four years that it is operating, no failing, at just 70 percent reimbursement of costs.

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Marijuana legalization is far from inevitable

Marijuana legalization is far from inevitable

Since the 2012 election, national news coverage about marijuana has focused almost solely on the states of Colorado and Washington, creating the impression the country is moving toward legalization. But anti-marijuana forces actually won most of the contests in 2012 and in 2010, and lost only when outspent by large margins.

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4 suggestions to strengthen Republicans’ position with Latinos

4 suggestions to strengthen Republicans’ position with Latinos

Last month, Lattie Coor, founder and chairman of the Center for the Future of Arizona, released their updated report, “The Arizona We Want 2.0”. This report is a summary of 10,000+ surveys and interviews of Arizona residents. The following chart in that report should send a wake-up call to Republican leadership at all levels across the state.

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Medicaid expansion would be a ‘nightmare’ for Arizona

The proposed Obamacare Medicaid expansion is bad for taxpayers, bad for freedom and ultimately bad for Arizona’s health. The Supreme Court ruled that forcing the expansion of Medicaid is unconstitutional. In response, President Barack Obama has dangled the shiny object of federal funding in front of us. We shouldn’t be fooled into taking a bad deal.

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Reducing debt should be Obama’s top priority

Reducing debt should be Obama’s top priority

Small businesses in Arizona employ 46 percent of the private-sector workforce. They are an important economic engine to the state, and to the nation. But the uncertainty in Washington makes it difficult for them to live up to the full potential that we all know small business can be. When I was voted CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), I made it a priority to engage our more than 11,000 member-companies to lead and educate them on a number of factors that are vitally important to their businesses, including the ever-changing policy and fiscal environment. But now I find myself at a loss for answers to questions about the future of the nation.

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With independent expenditure committees, it’s buyer beware

With independent expenditure committees, it’s buyer beware

There has been a lot of talk during the past few weeks about independent expenditure committees and their impacts. Specifically, there has been a lot of discussion about the direction and effectiveness of the Senate Republican Victory Fund.

The fact of the matter is there are two types of independent expenditures: IEs for “impact” and IEs for “appearance.” Think of it as work horses versus show ponies.

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Medical marijuana is a responsible program — reform, don’t repeal

Medical marijuana is a responsible program — reform, don’t repeal

Arizona’s Medical Marijuana law is two years old. Patients have had the ability to get medical marijuana cards, giving them the legal protection they need. But the regulated dispensary portion of the program that was specifically called for in the law has been delayed due to numerous obstructions and legal challenges from state and local officials, primarily Republicans.

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