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Pearce, progressivism and my party’s future

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The recent comments regarding forced birth control made by Russell Pearce, while certainly unacceptable and wholly inappropriate, uncover a fascinating insight into the nature, philosophical underpinnings and outlook of modern day conservatism and the Republican Party’s future.

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Arizona Fallen Firefighter Memorial to feature bell tower, life size statues (access required)

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In May 2013, Gov. Jan Brewer signed House Bill 2136, sponsored by Rep. Bob Robson, authorizing the construction of a statewide memorial on Wesley Bolin Plaza to commemorate the loss of 104 firefighters and paramedics in Arizona since 1902. A polished black granite wall will surround most of the site with firefighter names, dates and departments engraved in its slanted top.

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EPA guidelines are a calamity in the making

Navajo Generating Station. (Photo by R.J. Hall via Wikipedia Commons)

For months, we heard the resounding warnings about how new Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at power generation could affect Arizona consumers and businesses. Now that the agency’s proposal has officially been released, it is clear that these warnings were not in vain, for the guidelines EPA put forth will leave our state and our country on the brink of economic calamity.

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When students drop out, we all miss out

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The business community is united in its support for higher academic standards in Arizona’s education system so our graduates are prepared for a career or a higher educational opportunity. A strong education system is the foundation of a strong work force, which contributes to a strong economy.

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