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Allow racinos to balance budget (access required)

It's against a distressing fiscal backdrop that the subject of the Arizona's gaming policy has come due for review. Briefly expressed, that policy holds that some number of the state's Native American tribes shall be allowed indefinitely to reap billions of dollars from gambling receipts, and everyone else shall reap precious little.

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Don’t bully Arizona (access required)

President Obama should immediately rebuke the members of his Cabinet who are threatening the State of Arizona over stimulus money as a result of U.S. Senator Jon Kyl's declaration that stimulus spending should be halted and redirected to more worthwhile purposes such as health care.

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Nuclear energy production leaves carbon footprint, plus more (access required)

Arizona Capitol Times Reporter Anjanette Riley stumbled into the common fallacy that nuclear energy production involves no carbon emissions (‘Green' energy debate over nuclear vs. solar heats up, June 5). However, the uranium necessary for nuclear plants is mined with carbon-emitting machinery, transported in carbon-emitting vehicles to carbon-emitting milling and processing plants and transported again in carbon-emitting vehicles to generating plant sites.

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Don’t let K-12 education get caught in budget crossfire (access required)

Our governor and our Legislature seem to be headed to a showdown at the O.K. Corral next Tuesday (June 30) over the budget. Hopefully, Arizona's K-12 students won't get caught in the crossfire. Continued cuts to education will only dim prospects for Arizona's future leaders and all of today's children who will contribute to our state's economy.

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Clean Elections system represents democracy at work (access required)

Arizona voters adopted the Clean Elections system of funding elections to increase public participation in government in a number of ways — to increase the number of candidates running for office, to increase the number of citizens involved in campaigns and to increase discussion of the issues.

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Clean Elections needs to be strengthened, improved (access required)

On June 5, the Arizona Capitol Times published a letter entitled “Why Clean Elections needs to end now.” The League of Women Voters of Arizona, which was instrumental in writing and achieving the passage of the Clean Elections law and which remains a major supporter of the system, takes issue with opposition to that law. Clean Elections is neither un-American nor unconstitutional.

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