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AZ legislative salaries may be on ballot after 6-year hiatus (access required)

AZ legislative salaries may be on ballot after 6-year hiatus <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

For the first time in six years, Arizona voters may get a chance to approve higher salaries for legislators. If history is a guide, any proposed increase in lawmakers’ salary of $24,000 a year, plus per diem, will be handily defeated. Voters haven’t approved a pay raise since 1998, when they raised the salary from $15,000 a year.

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Legislature should forget ideological battles and focus on making Arizona more attractive

Legislature should forget ideological battles and focus on making Arizona more attractive

Another legislative session is completed. The Republican majority has again failed to work with Democrats for the common good in Arizona. Many of us hoped the bipartisan efforts in 2013 would lead to an increased focus on substantive issues like fixing CPS, restoring the massive cuts to education or passing meaningful ethics reform. Instead, Republicans have concentrated on a strategy of appealing to the most extreme elements of their party to the detriment of Arizona’s children, businesses and workers.

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The Hottest Races: Future of AZ’s political parties at stake in key legislative primaries (access required)

The Hottest Races: Future of AZ’s political parties at stake in key legislative primaries <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Arizona’s primary election will decide the fate of the vast majority of Arizona’s 30 legislative districts, most of which are drawn to overwhelmingly favor one party over the other. Candidates have less than two weeks to collect the necessary signatures to get their names on the ballot, which will be mailed to voters in 11 weeks.

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