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Fed judges: Wash. felony inmates should get vote

OLYMPIA, Wash. - In a decision that could give momentum to other efforts to expand voting to inmates, a federal appeals court ruled that incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state. There's a patchwork of laws across the nation concerning restoration of felons' voting rights, but only Maine and Vermont allow those behind bars to cast ballots.

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Municipal courts cutting costs

Fewer tax dollars has led Phoenix and other cities to cut municipal court costs. To save money on utilities, Avondale's city court closes one day a week. City Manager Charlie McClendon said he had little choice but to close the city court each Friday.

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Lawyer likens Thomas to late Sen. McCarthy

The lawyer for an embroiled Phoenix-area politician on Dec. 15 accused Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas of investigating his client for political and personal motives. Colin Campbell, who represents Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox, is questioning why Thomas's office filed 36 charges against Wilcox, and said "there are elementary mistakes of fact in the allegations that suggest carelessness, rush to judgment, and improper motives."

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AG opinion says SRP must comply with public records law (access required)

Salt River Project has filed documents in Maricopa County Superior Court arguing that it is exempt from the state's public record laws because it is not technically a public body. SRP is one of the largest utility companies in the state and is considered a quasi-governmental agency because it operates as both a private, for-profit company and a political subdivision of the state.

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