Fleming: Brace yourself for GOP’s ‘flat tax’

Aug 26, 2011 No Comments by Staff

By Pat Fleming (former state representative) Brace yourselves — your state lawmakers want to make tough times even tougher by raising your family’s taxes while giving the rich their very own tax cut. Can times in southern Arizona even get any tougher? Just ask Sen. Gail Griffin, Reps. Peggy Judd and David Stevens. These three [...]

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Letter to the Editor: Mad as hell at Ben Quayle

Aug 26, 2011 No Comments by Staff

Yes. I’m mad as hell that Ben Quayle and the rest of the Tea Party refuse to compromise over cutting tax breaks that only benefit the super rich. (BTW, the Republican Party is dead.) How can divided government work without compromise? We need people in Congress who have the courage to stand up to the [...]

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Democratic lawmakers rake in awards

Aug 26, 2011 No Comments by Staff

McCune Davis recognized by U.S. Defense Department Rep. Debbie McCune Davis, D-Phoenix (District 14), has been awarded a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Defense for her leadership on military issues. McCune Davis this year sponsored HB 2381, a bill that protects military service members from predatory lenders. “Please accept our appreciation and [...]

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Ariz. Native American lawmakers successful at national caucus

Aug 26, 2011 No Comments

The National Caucus of Native American State Legislators (NCNASL) passed last month a resolution sponsored by an Arizona delegation of lawmakers that urges and supports the amendment of state shared revenues distribution formula laws to include Indian Nations. Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 2), Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, D-Tucson (District 27) and Sen. Jack [...]

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The Real Story: Republicans knew of jobless aid fix, did nothing

Jun 25, 2011 No Comments

What they reported The day after Republicans failed to do anything to help jobless Arizonans, the Arizona Republic failed to report that Democrats warned Republicans of the fix back in April, but the GOP still did nothing. The Republic quoted three Republicans and no Democrats. Outlook dims for more aid to jobless Brewer still hoping [...]

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Fleming: ‘State representatives need a reality check’

Jun 25, 2011 No Comments

By Pat Fleming Along with other Southern Arizonans, I got a reality check when I read what our state lawmakers said about this year’s legislative session. Nogales International’s story “State senator, representative reflect on an eventful legislative session, (Friday, May 6)” sheds light on why our kids’ classrooms are overcrowded and why it’s going to [...]

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Letter to the editor: Boy scout fears for family in unemployment

Jun 25, 2011 No Comments

(originally published in the Ahwatukee Foothills News) I am the senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 475 (in Ahwatukee). One of my merit badges is communications and one of the requirements is to write a letter to the editor about an issue in the world today. The issue I want to write about is [...]

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The Farley Report: Inaction on unemployment shows GOP ‘is not on our side’

Jun 25, 2011 No Comments

By Assistant House Minority Leader Steve Farley Last Monday the Legislature wrapped up our third Special Session without doing anything but hammer home the message that, after 46 years of uninterrupted rule, the Republican majority is simply not on our side. By “our,” I mean all of us — no matter what party we belong [...]

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