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Family planning program deserves our support

To truly take meaningful action toward repairing the damage done to the nation’s family planning program, Health and Human Services should listen to safety-net family planning providers from across the country about what they need to make it right so that all people — no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make — have the family planning and sexual health care they need.

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We must grow state’s clean energy economy

The federal government is considering up to $2 trillion in spending on efforts to boost the economy, including rebuilding aging infrastructure like highways and bridges, and investing in technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s critical that Arizona’s entire congressional delegation leverage any potential federal funding to only grow our state’s clean energy economy.

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Policy solutions needed to defeat cancer

It is often said that if you have not been affected by cancer, you will be. We all have lost too many loved ones and now is the time that we can fight back. I hope our elected leaders will work together to get these multi-cancer early detection programs covered under Medicare so that we can start playing offense in our fight against Cancer.

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Death penalty return takes state backwards

We must do everything in our power to shut down Arizona’s machinery of death once more. By attempting to restart it, Attorney General Brnovich is acting against Arizona’s interests, and ignoring what years of research have made startlingly clear: the death penalty fails to deliver justice by every conceivable measure.

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Rudderless leadership on energy hurts Arizona ratepayers

The last commission meeting was a troubling example of failed leadership. Márquez Peterson now has a choice. She can double down on her mistake at the expense of Arizona’s future, or she show real leadership by putting the original Rules up for reconsideration in the next few weeks—and take the do over.

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Innovative state program helped marijuana industry

The Arizona Department of Health Services executed a swift and sane rollout of recreational marijuana just months after it was approved by voters. Now our attorney general has helped foster a way for these legal dispensaries to solve what was a highly problematic financial services challenge for the industry and a safety concern for the state.

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D.C. statehood would advance criminal justice reform

When our senators, Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly, contemplate D.C. statehood this year, criminal justice reform may not be top of mind. But D.C.’s disenfranchisement continues a standard of democracy only for some. The Americans who live in D.C. deserve statehood, and their voices and experience would benefit all of us.

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