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Chester Crandell and Tom Chabin

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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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Quiet state legislative primary sets up general election smash up

The primaries for the one state senator and two state representatives who will represent Rim Country passed with hardly a ripple. But watch out for the general election, when three Democrats and three Republicans will face off in a district so completely redrawn that no one has the clear advantage of incumbency. Moreover, although Republicans have the edge in state legislative District 4, registration numbers give the three Democrats a fighting chance. The state senate contest will match two legislative incumbents, thrown into transformed districts by the redistricting process. In the Nov. 4 contest for the single state senate seat, state Rep. Tom Chabin (D-Flagstaff) will face off against Rep. Chester Crandell (R-Heber).

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State Senate poses sharp contrast

The primaries for the state senate seat representing Rim Country qualified as boring – with one candidate from each party in the running.

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