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California commission also goes after recipients of “dark money” (access required)

While the Arizona-based Center to Protect Patient Rights and the Americans for Responsible Leadership successfully settled to pay only a combined $1 million for failing to adhere to California’s campaign disclosure laws, the political committees that received millions of dollars from the Koch-associated groups still could face heftier enforcement actions.

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Facing up to Facebook comments

Brenda Barton

Barton gains nationwide notoriety for observations on Hitler, Obama

In a telephone interview with the Arizona Capitol Times, Barton stood by the comments, saying the comparison between Obama and Hitler was apt, at least in their style of leadership.

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Barton: ‘Fuhrer’ not meant to refer to Hitler

Brenda Barton

Republican Rep. Brenda Barton issued a statement today saying she never compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler. She said her original Facebook reference to “De Fuhrer” referred to the general German term for “leader,” and not the actual official title of Hitler.

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Brewer appeals FEMA rejection of Yarnell aid

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, surrounded by a bipartisan group of state and congressional lawmakers from Arizona, signs the formal appeal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's denial of Arizona's federal aid request. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Jan Brewer is asking the Federal Emergency Management Administration to reconsider its denial of disaster aid for the Yarnell Hill fire, saying new information proves that it’s needed and that the deadly-but-relatively-small blaze was destructive enough to warrant federal assistance.

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The Drama of Common Core (access required)

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New set of school standards searches for success

Topock, an Arizona town on the far western edge of the state, doesn’t even have a stoplight. But its school district has scrambled to prepare for the new standards and get the Internet capacity and computers necessary for the 2015 debut of the accompanying test.

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