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County attorney impugns important role of criminal defense

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The defense bar consists of attorneys dedicated to justice for their clients and the system. They are as interested in just laws, and fairness within the justice system, as prosecutors may be. Defaming us is not going to deter us from meeting obligations to clients and the criminal justice system.

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Arizona lawmakers lack trust, respect for the people

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107 years ago, Arizona’s founders feared that legislatures could land in the pockets of special interests. They believed that ultimately, the people in power had to be accountable to the citizens. They gave us the power of referendum, recall and initiative. Today’s state Legislature wants to eliminate your access to that power.

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Health care bill returns country to ‘bad, old days’ of patient discrimination

(Photo by Alex Proimus via flickr/Creative Commons)

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is not in the business of politics. As a statewide organization representing more than 80 hospitals and health care providers, our core purpose is to promote a robust and resilient health care delivery system in Arizona. That means looking out for the people, patients and communities of Arizona, and advocating for policies that do the same. Which brings us to the American Health Care Act.

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New law eases ADA fixes, deters unscrupulous attorneys

Special parking was one of the first, and most visible parts of the 25-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act. Advocates praise the ADA, but say more still needs to be done. (Photo by Lynn Kelley Author via flickr/Creative Commons)

During the past year, Arizona businesses of all sizes were targeted by unscrupulous attorneys filing ADA lawsuits. While the chamber encourages all businesses to comply with ADA requirements, many of these lawsuits were not focused on ADA compliance, but were attempts to extort money from business owners with often very minor ADA violations.

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Prohibiting forest health management practices protects land ‘to death’ (access required)

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President Trump’s executive order calling for a review of expansive executive land designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906 has predictably generated a volume of debate and dire predictions. Missing from the discussion is thoughtful dialogue about the critical role of multiple-use management in natural resources conservation and the sometimes dire consequences to our natural resources of removing such tools from the pallet of management actions and possibilities. This is all done in the name of “protection,” but sometimes we literally love our most special places to death.

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Properly analyzing tax policy – where to start the debate (access required)

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The next few weeks will include much debate about President Trump’s economic plans with a primary focus on tax cuts. The typical question will be: “So, is this good?” The typical answer by policymakers and economists will be either “yes” or “no.” That’s it. Interview over. This doesn’t come close to the bare minimum discussion that is required. Here is my offering of where to start the debate.

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It’s time for tax reform – here are 6 principles for success (access required)

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Between health care reform, the border wall, and growing international unrest, Washington has a lot on its plate in the weeks to come. But we must make a point of prioritizing tax reform. Thirty years have passed since the last serious reforms, and our economy has been hampered by our outdated system. We haven’t achieved growth of 3 percent or higher since 2005.

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