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Thorpe taking aim at civil forfeiture laws (access required)

Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff. (Photo by Kelcia Grega/Cronkite News)

It isn’t often that Republican Rep. Bob Thorpe of Flagstaff finds himself agreeing with the American Civil Liberties Union. But when it comes to cracking down on law enforcement agencies’ abuse of civil asset forfeiture laws, the conservative Republican finds himself squarely in line with the ACLU’s thinking.

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DeMenna DUI, drug use makes front page

The Republic this morning (Aug. 28) wrote more than 2,600 words in a front-page story about lobbyist Kevin DeMenna’s October 2014 DUI arrest and subsequent plea deal and sentencing. Though investigative reporter Robert Anglen never accused him of seeking and receiving special treatment, it was heavily implied throughout the story.

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No one wants to be stuck with that tab

After good faith efforts to reach a settlement in the K-12 inflation funding lawsuit failed, the state faces two options: Fight the challenge all the way to the Supreme Court or accede to the trial court’s order to reset the inflation funding level to what it would have been if the money hadn’t been withheld from schools during the years of recession.

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