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Prop. 204 seeks money for education

Should lawmakers — or voters — decide how to fund education in Arizona?

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Sheriff candidates differ on drinking policy

Shepherd defends current policy, Jones would bar any return to duty if a deputy has been drinking

Two men running for county sheriff have offered different accounts as to how they would have handled recent allegations.

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GOP candidates oppose school tax, favor state takeover

District 6 contenders urge Payson crowd to defeat Prop. 204 and embrace Prop. 120

Voters should reject a one-cent sales tax for education and highways, but embrace a ballot measure attempt to take over federal lands in Arizona.

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Jackman challenges Martin in county contest

‘I’m going to win’ District One supervisor developer and activist insists

Hallie Overman-Jackman is on the record: “I’m going to win because people want a change, they want transparency.”

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District One supervisor race heats up

Incumbent Tommie Cline Martin, a Republican, said voters can expect to see and hear more from her in the coming weeks.

Proposition a distraction from state’s real issues

Legislation sponsored this year by one of our opponents, Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson), appears on the Nov. 6 ballot as Proposition 120.

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State legislative candidates decry ‘extremism’

Chabin, LeFevre say Legislature’s cuts have crippled towns and schools and now threaten region’s tourist economy

Arizona must reverse deep budget cuts to protect the state’s schools and its vital tourist economy, insisted candidates seeking to represent Rim Country in the state Legislature Wednesday night in Payson.

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Proposition challenges control of federal lands

Move to seize 25 million acres divides candidates for Legislature

A controversial ballot measure intended to allow the state to seize control of millions of acres of federal land has drawn a sharp divide between two slates of candidates seeking to represent Rim Country in the state Legislature.

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Special district elections mostly already decided

Few contest elections for fire, water districts

A number of special district boards must be getting it right, since no one filed to throw incumbents out.

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Flake blasts management of forests in Senate bid

U.S. Republican Senate candidate Jeff Flake last week organized a meeting in Show Low to push for a waiver of environmental laws and regulations to speed up forest thinning and restoration projects in the wake of wildfires.

Special district elections mostly already

A number of special district boards must be getting it right, since no one filed to throw incumbents out. That means before voters have a say, those elections are already decided.

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Arizona imposed deepest cuts on schools

National study raises stakes in struggle over ballot measure to extend sales tax for schools

The fierce struggle centered on a ballot measure to extend a one-cent sales tax to benefit K-12 schools continued this week in the shadow of a report showing the Arizona Legislature cut education more deeply during the recession than any other state.

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Globe retains power base

South County will remain in firm control of the Gila County Board of Supervisors, with the surprising third-place finish of Ronnie McDaniel for a four-year seat on the board. A former judge, law enforcement officer and Star Valley resident, McDaniel placed third in a race that hinged on low turnout in the north. The vote split geographically, but Globe’s turnout was more than double Payson's. No Republicans ran for the District 3 supervisorial seat, so the position will likely go to Globe businessman John Marcanti of Globe. Marcanti won 512 votes or 37 percent; Marvin Mull Jr. of San Carlos, had 481 ballots cast for him (35 percent); and McDaniel had 384 or 28 percent of the vote.

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Challenger upsets county attorney

No campaign got more politically charged in the primary than the county attorney’s race. For three terms, Republican incumbent Daisy Flores ran unopposed.

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Gila County elections: Upsets and umbrage

Gila County faced one of its most wide-open, high-stakes primary seasons in decades on Tuesday, but Northern Gila County voters mostly stayed home. With the board of supervisors, county attorney and sheriff’s offices up for grabs, turnout in the north ranged from 10 to 24 percent in most precincts. In the south, about a third of voters cast a ballot. The turnout differential proved decisive in a host of races that North County advocates had hoped would finally end South County’s long monopoly on political power.