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Definition of lobbyist hard to pin down

Definition of lobbyist hard to pin down

Even the question of who is a lobbyist is debatable, thanks to wide-ranging exemptions in the laws governing who is required to register as a lobbyist. Those exemptions cover everyone from John Q. Public to, arguably, one of the state’s most powerful public policy groups: The Goldwater Institute.

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Judge says it’s OK to ban flesh-eating fish (access required)

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A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Monday the state can ban foot-flesh eating fish from pedicures because they can’t be disinfected. Judge George Foster rejected the arguments from Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute that fish pedicures are different from traditional pedicure practices and they should be regulated differently.

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Union foes prepare to take fight to ballot (access required)

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Unable to get any traction at the state Capitol, union foes are preparing to bring the fight to the 2014 ballot and let Arizonans decide whether automatic paycheck deductions should be banned.

A group called Protect Employee Paychecks recently filed an initiative with the Secretary of State. Unlike the proposals that are stuck in the Legislature, the initiative would affect both public and private unions.

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Goldwater Institute asks to intervene in ASA student fee case (access required)

The Goldwater Institute is going to ask a federal court to let it intervene in a lawsuit pitting a non-profit, student lobbying group against the Arizona Board of Regents. The institute, a conservative policy advocacy group, set the wheels of the lawsuit in motion in September by questioning the legality of a $2 student fee that funds the Arizona Student Association, which contributed $126,806 in support of Proposition 204.

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