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Bill to remove principals’ evaluations from public review draws fire

Advocates for government transparency are objecting to language in an education bill that would prevent the public from reviewing school principals’ performance appraisals. At present, whether the public has access to those performance appraisals depends largely on the policies of individual school districts. But HB 2823, authored by Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, would specifically exempt principals’ evaluations from public disclosure.

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onlinetax.fight (access required)

In July, Gov. Jan Brewer celebrated the announcement that Amazon.com was planning to open a new distribution center in the state, calling the move proof that Arizona is open for business.

Now, lawmakers are telling Amazon that since they have distribution centers here, they should be required to collect and pay sales tax to the state.

The mixed message is the latest chapter in a long-standing battle between online giants and brick-and-mortar retailers — and one that isn’t likely to be settled any time soon.

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Goldwater Institute branded as ‘lobbyist’ for anti-union bills (access required)

Behind an array of proposals to weaken unions is a small but influential conservative group that is partly responsible for moving Arizona’s needle to the right of the political spectrum.

The Goldwater Institute developed and drafted legislation that is now the focal point of what could be the biggest political fight at the state Capitol this year.

But now the group itself, not just its ideas, is under close scrutiny from opponents.

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