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Former chairman of Board of Clemency denies most allegations of misconduct (access required)

Arizona Board of Executive Clemency members (from right) Ellen Kirschbaum, Executive Director Jesse Hernandez, Jack LaSota, Brian Livingston and Melvin Thomas. (Photo by Josh Coddington/Arizona Capitol Times)

A worker’s discrimination complaint has led to detailed allegations of an intolerable working environment at the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency under Chairman Jesse Hernandez.

Among other things, Hernandez ogled women in the office, called a staff member a heathen for not attending church, urged workers to gossip about one another and promoted a girlfriend who wasn’t qualified for the job, the state Department of Administration reported Wednesday.

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Recall petition filed against Kavanagh (access required)

Rep. John Kavanagh (File Photo)

Republican state Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills is the third public official in the state facing a possible recall campaign, as opponents filed a recall petition against him today citing “attacks on students, LGBTQ individuals and attempts to thwart legitimate recall efforts.”

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Brewer tells Biggs to slow down the pace (access required)

The real health care debate: Medicaid expansion

Little progress has been made on Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda for the legislative session, and she’s sending a clear signal that she wants to see some movement on her priorities before she deals with theirs. But the Ninth Floor says Brewer isn’t threatening to dust off the veto stamp.

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Senate approves bill to arm teachers and administrators (access required)

Arizona AG proposes arming 1 educator per school

The Arizona Senate approved a bill Monday that could arm teachers and administrators in rural schools.

The bill passed the Senate on a 17-11 party line vote, and now moves to the House. If approved by both chambers, the measure would allow certain school employees to carry concealed firearms in schools with fewer than 600 students that are more than 30 minutes and 20 miles from the nearest law enforcement agency.

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