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An unlawful lawmaker?

Newly sworn-inLD7 Sen. Carlyle Begay, D-Ganado. (Photo by Jim Small / Arizona Capitol Times.)

Gilbert or Ganado — New senator faces challenge over residency

Mere hours after he was sworn into the Arizona Senate, Democrat Carlyle Begay faced a challenge to his seat on the grounds that he doesn’t live in the district he was appointed to represent.

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Fighting for your children (access required)

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More Arizona families face lengthy dependency hearings

Peoria police may not have had enough evidence to support charging Sen. Rick Murphy with molesting two boys in his care, but Child Protective Services believes the latest investigation of the Peoria Republican for sexual abuse allegations is reason enough to take away not just his foster children, but his four adoptive daughters.

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No witnesses, no evidence (access required)

Sen. Rick Murphy (file photo)

Senator blasts CPS after police decide not to pursue charges against him, CPS still investigating
Peoria police found no evidence to support allegations that state Sen. Rick Murphy sexually abused two children living in his home and did not recommend any charges against the senator, according to a police report released July 24. But officials with Child Protective Services are still looking into the matter.

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Police find no evidence to support allegations against Sen. Rick Murphy (access required)

Sen. Rick Murphy (file photo)

Peoria police found no evidence to support allegations that Arizona Sen. Rick Murphy sexually abused one of his foster children and did not recommend any charges against the senator, according to a police report.

Enrique Thomas Murphy, 18, adopted by Murphy and his wife Penny, told police on June 22 that he was sexually abused by Murphy beginning when he was a 12-year-old in the Peoria Republican’s home, the report stated.

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