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Health care? The government can’t even run a railroad

Nowhere in the debate regarding health care has anyone asked if the government is able and qualified to run such a system. Before we ask the government to manage universal health care, let's check them out. How successful has the federal government been in managing agencies, programs and businesses?

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Don’t do away with equalization property tax

I'm unemployed, but I don't want to see the Legislature get rid of the state equalization property tax, even though it would lower my home's property taxes. Why? Because the state needs the money more than I do to offset a $3 billion deficit and keep government services running at least at a base level.

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Kyl overlooks AZ benefits of stimulus

Arizona's plan to widen the congested streets of U.S. 60 - our own Grand Avenue - became the 6,000th highway project in the nation this week to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or federal stimulus. This project puts nearly $45 million to work in Maricopa County, bringing desperately needed jobs to our state. But Sen. Jon Kyl said he doesn't approve of this economic boost to Arizona.

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Thanks to Rep. Barto for referendum

Thank you again for being the best source of news in Arizona. There has been scant mention of the three measures that will be on the 2010 ballot on or in any other venue. The Arizona Capitol Times is the best place to find out what is happening at the Legislature.

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Publisher’s Note: Politics. Simplified.

This tagline - Politics. Simplified. - sums up our new and improved Web site perfectly. If you want to know what's happening in Arizona politics, you go to the leader in Capitol news: the Arizona Capitol Times. And now, we've taken that mission a step farther by recreating our Web site. The inside track to Arizona politics is available 24/7 at www.azcapitoltimes.com.

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‘Cash for Clunkers’ and health care

The federal government's "Cash for Clunkers" program ran out of money in a matter of days. The program, which pays people to trade in perfectly serviceable automobiles so the government can turn the cars into scrap, was not expected to reach the costs that it did.

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The real budget problem is partisanship

Just like all Arizonans, Democrats are frustrated with the total lack of leadership during this budget crisis. It is ludicrous that the Legislature has had seven months to pass a budget and still can't get the job done. This kind of behavior is unacceptable; as the special session goes on, critical public safety and health care programs still have no budget during the biggest economic shortfall of our lifetime.

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Rural neighborhoods going commercial

For the past four years, a group of people have been meeting with Maricopa County Planning and Development staff members behind closed doors to amend a zoning ordinance that will affect properties countywide. The issue will go before the County Board of Supervisors for a vote on Aug. 19, yet property owners know little of its existence.

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Lincoln not first to name Ariz. a territory

An article in the July 24 edition of the Capitol Times, “The curious death of the ‘Father of Arizona’”, is correctly – although incompletely – reported. Abraham Lincoln actually was the second president to name Arizona a territory. The first ...

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