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Tobacco industry up to its old tricks again (access required)

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Over time, various polls have shown that the public is usually far ahead of the political establishment in seeing through the tobacco industry’s smokescreen of advancing their own interests while seeming to promote a “public health” measure. It’s gratifying to see that we now have legislators of both parties who can see these tobacco industry efforts for what they are: an attempt to secure their future at the expense of public health.

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We must work to protect the health of women

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We have work to do to protect women’s health. I spent much of my career caring for pregnant teens, women at high risk for substance abuse and those in poverty. I know first-hand the challenges we face and the work we have yet to do. We must protect the lives of women in Arizona by crafting legislation to address domestic violence and IPV. We must address our provider shortage, which severely impacts care, especially in rural areas. We must work to tackle the increasing maternal morbidity and mortality rates in our country and state, especially for women of color. That should be the one true focus for all who govern and care about women and families in Arizona.

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Arizona’s doctor shortage harms health care, economy

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The Arizona Legislature is considering Senate Bill 1354 to alleviate the state’s health care workforce shortage. The bill provides support for five programs — Graduate Medical Education, the University of Arizona Medical School, primary care provider loan repayment, medical student loan repayments, and nurse training. All of these programs will move the needle on the shortage.

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Utility regulators must have wisdom of Solomon, spirit of Edison

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Electricity is among the most political of commodities, and everyone has her favored form of power, with a constellation of advocates to promote it. Too often, wishful thinking masquerades as fact and political sloganeering substitutes for intellectually rigorous policy analysis. Utility regulators have a challenging set of responsibilities as they sift among the claims of these competing interests.

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Congress needs to take new approach to protect Internet

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Congress should codify the basic tenets of net neutrality – a concept with which virtually no one disagrees – without imposing outdated Title II provisions on ISPs. But perhaps more importantly, Congress should pass privacy regulations that govern all Internet companies, including social media platforms, online search engines, content distributors and service providers. Unfortunately, the Save the Internet Act fails on both fronts. It’s time for Congress to scrap this ill-advised approach and start at square one.

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