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Former chairman of Board of Clemency denies most allegations of misconduct (access required)

Arizona Board of Executive Clemency members (from right) Ellen Kirschbaum, Executive Director Jesse Hernandez, Jack LaSota, Brian Livingston and Melvin Thomas. (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

A worker’s discrimination complaint has led to detailed allegations of an intolerable working environment at the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency under Chairman Jesse Hernandez.

Among other things, Hernandez ogled women in the office, called a staff member a heathen for not attending church, urged workers to gossip about one another and promoted a girlfriend who wasn’t qualified for the job, the state Department of Administration reported Wednesday.

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Path of Begay (access required)


New senator has lived in many homes far from his district

By all accounts, new state Sen. Carlyle Begay is highly qualified for public office.

He has impressed lawmakers, county and city officials and even the Governor’s Office with his credentials as a student of public health. And he boasts extensive work with American Indian communities as the vice president of business development at the American Indian Health Management and Policy group in Phoenix, where he has worked since 2006.

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Investigated for custodial interference (access required)

Crystal Nuttle (Photo courtesy of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

A Republican exploring a run for state Senate was booked into Maricopa County jail this month on suspicion of helping a mother take her 6-year-old son from the custody of Child Protective Services during a supervised visit in Tucson.

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Obama’s impact (access required)

(Photo by Evan Wyloge / Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizonans find lots to criticize amidst a few glimmers of praise

A huge rise in deportations. Regulatory overreach. Borderlands decimated by off-road vehicles. Operation Fast and Furious. More than four years after Barack Obama became president, liberals and conservatives alike have lots to criticize about what has happened in Arizona during his presidency.

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