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Campaign finance law throws twist at candidates

An election law change that raised Arizona's campaign contribution limits also provided candidates with an unwanted and apparently unintended surprise. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, that surprise is a new requirement that candidates have separate campaign finance committees for the primary and general election elections.
Pinal County’s Office of Emergency Management has been recognized for accomplishing something no other emergency management department in the state has achieved.  Every employee in the department has completed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Advanced Professional Series in emergency operations and management skills. In Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the Arizona Division of Emergency Management presented certificates of completion to four employees and Director Lou Miranda.  
What were the top online stories at pinal.azcentral.com in the first half of 2011? Some of them might surprise you. Some won't. Check out which stories got the most page views. A link is provided with each entry. Click "Next" to scroll through the list (click "refresh" to help advance the page). Loading list... No. 10: ARIZONA LAWMAKER BEATEN Online...
Pinal County's economic development efforts received a boost on Thursday when the statistics from the Arizona Department of Administration revealed that the county's unemployment number was now 5.8 percent.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office is raising concerns with Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley.
Monday, June 11 marked a national effort to reduce or eliminate animal euthanasia.  Pinal County Animal Care & Control signed on to support the event with multiple events during a 12-hour Open House event.   
Last week, Pete Rios wondered if he would be joined by a fellow Democrat on the Pinal County Board of Supervisors or if he would become the lone Democrat surrounded by a sea of Republicans. Either way, he looked forward to working alongside them. “I will do everything I can to welcome the new mem­bers of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors and do my best to get them up to speed,” said Supervisor Rios, who represents District 1.
Unarmed female thief struck at Chase Bank Apache Junction Police are searching for a woman who robbed the Chase Bank in the 1100 block of West Apache Trail in Apache Junction at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1. 
Former Florence police officer Richard Moses is pictured with his drug-detection dog “Bowen” and Mayor Vicki Kilvinger. The Town Council honored Bowen Monday upon his retirement from the Florence Police Department. Bowen will live with Moses, who is now an officer with Arizona Game & Fish Department....
The Santa Cruz River is an unpredictable neighbor. For as long as Debbie Lewis can remember, its waters have sustained livestock on her family's land south of Casa Grande. But the same nourishing flow can rage into a monstrous swell in the rainy season, flooding the...
by Lindsey Collom - Jul. 19, 2011 12:00 AM The Arizona Republic More people means more government representation in Pinal County's future, but officials say they need more public input to determine what expanded representation will look like. A survey linked to the county's website, www.pinalcountyaz.gov, at www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZPJ79...
by Lindsey Collom - Sept. 2, 2011 10:00 AM The Arizona Republic There was no sense in opening the electric bill. Whatever the amount, Barbara Young couldn't pay it until her monthly Social Security check arrived. Had she opened it, she would have known her utility company planned to cut the power to her Maricopa home on Wednesday....
Pinal County now has a plan for splitting into five supervisorial districts. The county Board of Supervisors on Wednesday unanimously approved a map that was based on one of three options presented on the county's website and in a series of public meetings in recent weeks.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office said it recently busted a significant group of Mexican drug cartel members in the hills of a major smuggling corridor. A sheriff's office spokesman said the suspects were working as scouts in the hilltops of the nearby corridor, informing cartel members who were trafficking drugs and humans of the locations of law enforcement officers and areas to avoid.
The Pinal County Sheriff's Office plans to fight an order that it rehire a deputy fired earlier this year after using a Taser on a frog.Internal investigation records show Deputy Raul Alverado, 34, told witnesses he kicked the frog multiple times, painted it with White Out and stunned it with a Taser because he was "bored" at work in August 2009.Alverado allegedly said the frog was "taking it like a champ."
A chance encounter while eating lunch at La Casita Mexican restaurant in Mammoth led to a first-time meeting of members of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue and Pinal Rural Fire & Rescue (PRF&R). Out of this unplanned meeting came a plan to cross-train together in the Galiuros, and a donation of extrication equipment to the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team.  PCSO Search and Rescue were conducting off-road training in the Galiuros and that happens to be part of the area that Pinal Rural Fire & Rescue protects in its 300+ sq. mile 911 service area.
by Kathleen Stinson - Sept. 23, 2011 10:07 AM Special for the Republic The Queen Creek Town Council approved a formal contract Wednesday with the Friends of Horseshoe Park to sponsor the 2012 Roots N' Boots family rodeo over objections by the East Valley Arabian Horse Association, which says it has a contract to hold another event at...

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