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Old tired arguments to deny fairness must be rejected

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The meme that the ERA will destroy the family has been dragged out every time women have attempted to drag themselves out of the cave. In fact, all of the evidence points the other way. Countries that have higher indexes of equality between men and women have stronger families with less divorce and inter-family violence. If you support the women who serve and have served in the military, if you support reducing abortion, and if you support strong families, then you will support the passage of the ERA in Arizona in 2019.

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Freshman year in Congress a whirlwind

The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at dusk. It’s quiet now, but will be a lot livelier when Congress returns from its August recess on Sept. 8 and begins to tackle a long list of back-up legislation. (Photo courtesy Architect of the Capitol)

Serving the people of CD8 is an honor and a privilege, and I am blessed to have the opportunity. I’m looking forward to two more years of working hard for our district, state, and nation. Thank you for your support, and may God continue to bless you and your family.

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What Arizona can do to prepare for a post ACA

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A federal judge in Texas (Judge Reed O’Connor) dealt a blow to the Affordable Care Act in December when he ruled in Texas v. Azar that the ACA is unconstitutional in its entirety, including the implementation of market reforms (e.g. protections for folks with pre-existing conditions), the health insurance marketplaces, and the expansion of Medicaid.

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Arizona leads the way in criminal justice reform

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Arizona’s criminal justice system is not perfect. There is always room for improvement in any system, and I and other prosecutors remain willing to engage in productive discussions and initiatives to improve criminal justice system outcomes for crime victims, the public we serve, and defendants to reduce recidivism.

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In defense of Rep. David Stringer of Prescott

Rep. David Stringer (Capitol Media Services 2017 file photo by Howard Fischer)

The act of calling on David Stringer by the Prescott City Council to resign his elected seat in the Arizona House of Representatives was grossly disproportionate to the true facts of the matter, as well as far outside the council’s legitimate role and powers.

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FMLA needs to include time for worst tragedy

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In the past year, there has been a movement in American business to grant certain familial leave, responding to the evolution in our society of companies responding to the basic needs of their employees. Arizona is a state made up largely of small businesses so it doesn’t have the leeway many large companies do. But at the end of the day, it’s about employee/employer loyalty and compassion.

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Tough-on-crime prosecutors distort truth, block prison reform

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While the criminal justice reform movement gains momentum across the country, Arizona remains on the outside looking in. Even as more conservative states with a tradition of harsh justice reduce prison populations through smart reforms that target the root causes of crime, Arizona persists in the failed policies of mass incarceration, wasting resources to imprison low-level offenders.

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