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H2161 locks in 391% interest for payday lenders

As Robert Merry notes in his book "A Country of Vast Designs," President Andrew Jackson wrote in an 1832 veto letter, "In the full enjoyment of ... the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions ... and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society... have a right to complaining of the injustice of their Government."

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Senator Burns: Read our lips – no new taxes

Based on Senator Burn's recent editorial in The Arizona Republic ("Conservative Calls for Sales-Tax Hike") it is apparent that we need to look to other leaders for solutions to our budget challenges. Burns labors mightily to create the impression that everything that could possibly be done to stem the tide of red ink has been done. This is false.

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Time has come for sentencing reform

In 1990, a 31-year old man went into a Fry's grocery store. When no one was looking, he picked up a carton of cigarettes and walked quickly to the exit. All of this was captured on the store video, and he was apprehended in the parking lot with the carton of cigarettes and no receipt. This offense could have been prosecuted as a misdemeanor, given the value of the cigarettes ($16.95). A misdemeanor may carry up to six months in jail. However, the prosecutor at the time elected to charge it as a felony

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