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Reducing debt should be Obama’s top priority

Reducing debt should be Obama’s top priority

Small businesses in Arizona employ 46 percent of the private-sector workforce. They are an important economic engine to the state, and to the nation. But the uncertainty in Washington makes it difficult for them to live up to the full potential that we all know small business can be. When I was voted CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA), I made it a priority to engage our more than 11,000 member-companies to lead and educate them on a number of factors that are vitally important to their businesses, including the ever-changing policy and fiscal environment. But now I find myself at a loss for answers to questions about the future of the nation.

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With independent expenditure committees, it’s buyer beware

With independent expenditure committees, it’s buyer beware

There has been a lot of talk during the past few weeks about independent expenditure committees and their impacts. Specifically, there has been a lot of discussion about the direction and effectiveness of the Senate Republican Victory Fund.

The fact of the matter is there are two types of independent expenditures: IEs for “impact” and IEs for “appearance.” Think of it as work horses versus show ponies.

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Medical marijuana is a responsible program — reform, don’t repeal

Medical marijuana is a responsible program — reform, don’t repeal

Arizona’s Medical Marijuana law is two years old. Patients have had the ability to get medical marijuana cards, giving them the legal protection they need. But the regulated dispensary portion of the program that was specifically called for in the law has been delayed due to numerous obstructions and legal challenges from state and local officials, primarily Republicans.

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Supercross benefits Arizona when not bound by unreasonable restrictions

Supercross benefits Arizona when not bound by unreasonable restrictions

There is significant and measureable value when fans pack a sold-out stadium to root for their favorite team. On Jan. 12, fans did exactly that at Chase Field, pumping up the local economy by purchasing tickets to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross race, as well as buying expensive beverages costing more than a six pack of same. But the economic boost extends far beyond the event itself, if the public is allowed access to areas that facilitate recreational spending.

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Obama’s foreign policy reflected in Nobel Prize speech

It was three years ago last month that President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. His acceptance speech conveyed his moral vision of international affairs and provided a guide for the foreign policy successes of his first term. But the challenges confronting him in a second term show where refined direction is needed.

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New AHCCCS coverage gives cancer-stricken mom hope

My name is Laura Gargiulo and I am a 45 year-old single mom to Jack, my energetic 11year-old son. I have a bachelor of science in English and a master of education in secondary education and teach part time as an English adjunct professor at Phoenix College. Oh, and one more thing, I don’t have health insurance.

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