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Dist. 16 Primary Election Candidates’ Forum Set

Voters can hear Republic contenders as they air their views on Aug. 2

This year’s countdown to the Aug. 28 Primary Election in Arizona sees the newly created Arizona Legislative District No. 16 field for state legislative seats crowded. This  race for one senatorial seat and two representatives’ seats has numerous Republicans vying for the right to represent their political party in the Nov. 6 general election.

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Democrats plan to introduce legislation to repeal SB 1070

Democrats, emboldened by the recall of Senate President Russell Pearce and flagging public interest in enforcement-focused immigration laws, plan to introduce a bill to repeal Arizona's controversial Senate Bill 1070.

But they admit their chances of success in...

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Democrats introducing immigration law repeal

Supporters and opponents of Arizona's controversial immigration law are squaring off again after Democrats said they're working to repeal the measure.

Dozens of protesters gathered at the state Capitol on Monday, carrying signs and shouting at each other as lawmakers on both sides discussed the...

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Current County Employees Should Resign Their Position if They Intend to Run for a Paid Partisan Political Office

I will be asking my elected colleagues to sign a resolution to hold their employees to the same standards of conduct that the Board holds its staff to.  The resolution is straightforward:  current county employees should resign their position if they intend to run for a paid partisan political office.  Our Board has held this standard for many years and I feel our constituents expect other elected officials to follow suit.

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Crime trends downward in Pinal County, while prosecution numbers are up


The increased safety and security for Pinal County residents is a result of the hard work of the prosecutors in the Pinal County Attorney's Office. We are proud of our partnership with the equally hard working law enforcement agencies in Pinal County.

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Congressional Map Get DOJ Approval

Today, April 9, 2012, Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission Chair, Colleen Coyle Mathis announced that the Department of Justice has approved the congressional district map submitted by the Commission on February 9, 2012.  Chair Mathis thanked those members of the public that participated in the process to develop the congressional map.

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Clerk of the Superior Court Chad A Roche to Moderate Candidate Forum Tomorrow Night

Several Pinal County Sheriff candidates and hopefuls for Supervisor for District Two will be open to public questioning at a Town Hall Forum to be held tomorrow.  Clerk of the Superior Court, Chad A. Roche will be moderating the event by taking questions from the audience and fielding them to the candidates.

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Governor Jan Brewer Endorses Mayor Scott Smith

Mayor Scott Smith, Arizona Republican candidate for Governor, today received the endorsement of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, one of the most respected conservative leaders in the country on immigration and economic development. Governor Brewer's support gives Mayor Smith's campaign a huge boost of momentum going into the final weeks of the race.

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GC Forum Set For Candidates

Fire Board member Mike Weaver (left) insinuated that board member Todd House’s  “No” vote (at right) may have been politically motivated. House is a Republican  candidate for Pinal County supervisor.

Former Pinal County Supervisor Bryan Martyn will moderate a Meet the Candidates forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at MountainBrook Village’s Superstition Center.

Expected to appear are: 

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Four Candidates Confirm For Debate In AJ

Apache Junction resident John Fillmore (left) is running for Arizona State Senate and former Mayor Douglas Coleman is seeking a seat in the House of Representatives.

Voters can hear Republican contenders as they air their views on Aug. 2

John Fillmore (Apache Junction) and Rich Crandall (Mesa), who are facing each other for the Republican ballot slot for state senator, have confirmed they will appear at the Legislative District 16 Candidate Forum and Debate at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.

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Final Day to Register to Vote in General Election is Monday


Are you registered to vote in the upcoming general election?

If not, you have until Tuesday, October 9 to register and voice your opinion in the upcoming 2012 general election.  It’s as easy as going to and clicking the link for voter registration.

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Enright Drops From GOP Supervisor’s Race Amid Legal Controversy

Cites health reasons for decision as voter fraud allegations surface

John Enright has withdrawn from the Republican primary race for Pinal County supervisor, citing health reasons, however, controversy is surrounding the Gold Canyon resident.

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Emily Verdugo named one of top 20 Latino Democrats to watch over the next 20 years


Legislative District 8 candidate Emily Verdugo was named as one of the top 20 Latino Democrats to watch in the next 20 years on Labor Day, September 3rd, by the Houston Chronicle.

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Effort to Recall Jan Brewer Kicked off at Arizona Best Fest

The effort to recall Governor Jan Brewer kicked off today, Feb 11th, at Wesley Bolin Park at the State Capitol. Thousands of people were in Downtown Phoenix to celebrate the statehood centennial at Arizona Best Fest at the Capitol.

The group, led by community activist Leonard Clark, met at 10am to organize the volunteers. They passed out blank petitions to volunteers and as the crowds arrived at the Capitol, they began collecting signatures.

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Kevin Taylor files Nominating Petitions for Pinal County Sheriff

Kevin Taylor - Candidate for Pinal County Sheriff

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, Pinal County Sheriff candidate Kevin Taylor submitted his nominating petitions to the Pinal County Elections office.  Taylor, a Democrat, submitted more than 700 signatures that he collected across Pinal County.

“I found it important to collect mos

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Join the discussion and help map Arizona’s future Sept. 27 from 6-9 p.m. at CAC

Join the discussion and help map Arizona’s future on Thursday, Sept. 27, 6-9 p.m. at one of three Central Arizona College locations in Pinal County.

CAC and the Arizona Humanities Council invite the community to be part of a state-wide civil discourse on the upcoming Arizona ballot initiatives.

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Interim Constable to be Named for AJ District Justice Courts

Write-In Candidacy for August Primary, November General Election

Jack McClaren, Constable for Justice of the Peace District 7 (Apache Junction) resigned in May because he announced plans to seek other elected office.  The Pinal County Board of Supervisors accepted his resignation at its June 6 public meeting.

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I Was Not Elected to Grow Government

On Thursday the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which would increase spending and federal taxes. I voted against the bill. 

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McClaren Questions Babeu’s Spending

At $147,000 each, sheriff spends over $50,000 (54%) more per deputy than Arizona average

For fiscal year 2010-2011, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu spent 54 percent more than the state average on individual officers in his department, according to a report obtained by the McClaren for Sheriff Committee.

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McCain: Partisanship in DC is worst he has seen

Sen. John McCain said that "I have not seen" anything like the gridlock that now has left the country facing a federal shutdown by Tuesday. (Source: CBS)

Staring at the specter of a partial government shutdown, Sen. John McCain says he's never seen anything like the harsh partisanship pervading much of Washington politics.

The Arizona Republican,...

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