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Arizona can do more with energy efficiency

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Though we’ve now proven that energy efficiency works, we’ve only just begun to tap its potential. Arizonans can continue to save as we cut energy waste by upgrading buildings, improving manufacturing production lines, and installing new sensors and controls. Doing so creates local, family-wage jobs that can’t be outsourced, and such efforts end up paying for themselves.

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How Proposition 206 will impact Arizona seniors

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While much of the attention to Proposition 206 has been directed toward restaurant and other service workers, there is a larger and more vulnerable population that will be significantly impacted by raising the minimum wage in Arizona –seniors and those who care for them.

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We all have a stake in the benefits of solar

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The Arizona Corporation Commission is holding a proceeding to determine the value of rooftop solar, the value that utilities should pay customers who deliver electricity back to the grid. It is clear that rooftop solar benefits all Arizonans.

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Legal pot increases crime, grows the black market

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If you listen to those who want to legalize marijuana in Arizona, you’ll hear promises of how it will lower crime rates and end the black market. As a law enforcement officer in Colorado, I can tell you that these are empty promises and not what’s happening in Colorado. The problems have been much bigger than the benefits.

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Native American farmers deserve to be fully represented on state agriculture board

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Arizona needs to face the fact that it its hundred year history as a state, it has done little to tangibly support or celebrate the dozen or so distinctive farming traditions of Native American communities found within its borders, nor of the other indigenous farmers (like the Yaqui) who have immigrated here to escape violence and oppression in their ancient homelands.

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