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You keep saying that, but…

Questions about what is and is not fair for candidates were of primary importance to CCEC staff and commissioners yesterday, but in court, their attorneys appear to have made a conscious effort recently to dodge those terms. Before yesterday's emergency meeting, Commissioner Gary Scaramazzo told our reporter he was upset by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stop matching funds from being distributed during the 2010 election cycle.

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The broken promise of welfare reform

The swift and sweeping process used to enact historic state budget cuts has hidden major policy shifts affecting the state’s safety net for families with children. Virtually overnight, our elected officials gutted programs and policies developed with conscientious public debate, careful deliberation and clear purpose. At a time when Arizona has lost 315,000 jobs – an 11.6 percent reduction in employment – these drastic changes in public assistance policies have resulted in little or no help to struggling families that will lead to greater dependency and increased costs.

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