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Arizona legislative candidates stress education, economy

Martinez, Bagley will challenge incumbents representing Rim Country

Lawmakers must support Arizona’s educational system for the state to prosper, two Democratic legislative candidates insisted at a recent Payson fundraiser.

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Democrat mounts longshot bid to unseat Gosar

Weisser stressed education, immigration in effort to unseat Rep. Gosar

Democratic congressional candidate Mikel Weisser brought to Payson recently his longshot crusade to unseat Republican Rep. Paul Gosar.

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Children having a rough time in Arizona

Terrible ranking for kids

Kids have it rough in Arizona — especially if their folks aren’t rich. Arizona ranks near the bottom nationally on a host of measurements of child welfare, in a national study released this week by WalletHub.

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Commission candidates blast APS

Democrats say utility trying to crush solar, jack up electric rates

Arizona Corporation Com­mission candidate Tom Chabin accused Arizona Public Service of corrupting the commission by spending between $3 million and $8 million on a dark money campaign.

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Pine grapples with new policies on guns, student gender identity

The Pine School Board focused on a host of new policies this week, including a policy to prevent discrimination against transgender students and a new state policy that would prevent schools from preventing people from carrying guns on public right of way adjacent to school grounds.

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Deluge. Floodwaters close Tonto Creek and East Verde Estates Crossings

Tonto Creek and the East Verde flooded crossings, Green Valley Park lakes overflowed and even the ASU Sun Devils ran for cover.

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Kirkpatrick blasts McCain

Trump an issue in Senate race

Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick brought her campaign to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator John McCain to Payson last week, with a rousing speech at a fundraiser staged by Rim Country Democrats before opening her local headquarters.

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Furor in Arizona senate race

McCain blasts Trump, prompting round of criticism from all sides in tight race

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s latest firebomb has set off a crown fire in the crucial Arizona U.S. Senate race.

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Spotted owls complicate thinning

The mysterious and often confusing needs of Mexican spotted owls play a key role in developing the blueprint for thinning more than a million acres of Rim Country forests.

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Dark Money issue splits Arizona Corporation Commission candidates

Three Republican candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission took starkly different positions on whether to force Arizona Public Service to disclose the millions it reportedly spent to influence the commission race two years ago.

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