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Sales-tax supporters cheer court ruling (access required)

Supporters of the Quality Education and Jobs Initiative celebrated on the steps of the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse today, moments after Judge Robert Oberbillig overturned the Secretary of States’ decision that more than 290,000 of the group’s petition signatures were invalid due to a paperwork error.

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Judge overturns decision to keep AZ tax proposal off ballot (access required)

A judge has overturned a state official's decision to keep a proposed sales tax increase off Arizona's November ballot because of a paperwork error. If Judge Robert Oberbillig's ruling stands, the ruling means the proposed penny-on-the-dollar increase goes on the ballot if petition checks confirm that supporters submitted enough voter signatures.

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Fillmore calls for Crandall’s ouster, despite history of defending disgraced ex-lawmakers (access required)

Rep. John Fillmore has defended a former lawmaker who was accused of domestic violence. And he’s asked the courts to be lenient on another legislator who was convicted of defrauding a children’s charity.

But the Apache Junction Republican says his political challenger, Sen. Rich Crandall, should be subject to an ethics trial, removed from his committee chairmanship and ultimately ousted from office because Crandall threatened to kill future legislation backed by Fillmore’s House colleague.

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