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Election reform bills pass Senate (access required)

Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, chairs the Senate Election Committee. (Cronkite News Service Photo by AJ Vicens)

Three election-reform bills cleared the Arizona Senate, sending Sen. Michele Reagan’s trio of bills to the House despite objections from Democrats that the bills would infringe on voter rights and undo years of get-out-the vote efforts by activist groups.

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Arizona’s gun debate turns right (access required)

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Democratic gun measures die as Republicans move to strengthen Second Amendment rights

As many states debate gun control following the grisly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Arizona lawmakers have joined the ranks of legislatures pushing for gun owners’ rights.

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Senate panel debates ‘seductive evils’ of U.N. sustainability doctrine (access required)

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An Arizona Senate panel approved a bill that would prohibit the state or any local government within Arizona from abiding by the principles of a United Nations declaration on sustainable development.

“The truth contained within this United Nations program is something sinister and dark,” Burges testified to a round of applause in committee. “The plan calls for government to take control of all land use and not leave any of the decisions in the hands of private property owners.”

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Clearing the haze (access required)

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Critics vow to battle costly federal plan for coal-powered plants

The edict by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would affect the Apache, Cholla and Coronado plants and could collectively cost Arizona utility companies as much as $1 billion.

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