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Trio of bills target unions (access required)

A major push is underway in Arizona to strike at the very heart of public unions by eliminating their ability to negotiate collective bargaining agreements. As envisioned, the prohibition would extend to all public-safety unions, including firefighter and police associations.

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Phoenix Police expert: Polygraph test Bundgaard took was inconclusive

A polygraph examiner from the Phoenix Police Department told a committee investigating an ethics complaint against Sen. Scott Bundgaard that a polygraph test the senator took could not conclusively show whether he was the telling the truth.

What’s problematic is the test itself, the expert said. Victor Bell, who supervises the police department’s polygraph unit, said he wouldn’t have posed one of the questions to Bundgaard because it dealt with intent and not his actions.

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Senate lawyer seeks Bundgaard’s expulsion

Arguing that Sen. Scott Bundgaard exercised poor judgment and put the lives of several people in harm’s way, one of the lawyers hired by the Senate Ethics Committee is seeking the gravest penalty for breaching ethical rules — expulsion from the Legislature.

In his opening statement in the Jan. 5 ethics hearing, Attorney Michael Liburdi said Bundgaard assaulted his then-girlfriend, Aubry Ballard, and then pulled over on the wrong side of the freeway.

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Critics: ‘Tough’ sheriff botched sex-crime cases

More than 400 sex-crimes reported to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office during a three-year period ending in 2007 — including dozens of alleged child molestations — were inadequately investigated and in some instances were not worked at all, according to current and former police officers familiar with the cases.

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A few ‘bad actors’ cost all police officers, firefighters and teachers big time (access required)

State government in Arizona in the past three years has made massive cuts to education, given away our money to big corporations, chose to do nothing about foreclosures and hasn’t created a single job. Arizona’s middle-class families are struggling, and Republicans, who control all of state government, went even further to harm middle-class police officers, firefighters and teachers.

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