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Tag: 2012

North Korea to attempt satellite launch

Posted: April 11, 2012 at 4:26 am   /   Politics

Sometime between April 12 and 16, the Democratic People’s Republic of (North) Korea will attempt to launch a “polar-orbiting earth observation satellite”.  This is to honor the hundredth birthday of Kim Il-Sung, North Korea’s founder. The satellite is supposed to be designed for basic data collection purposes, but there is some confusion as to its […]

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Thomas stripped of law license

Posted: April 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm   /   Arizona, Politics

From AZCentral: Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his onetime deputy, Lisa Aubuchon, were stripped of their law licenses today as a disciplinary panel handed down the toughest sanctions possible for ethical violations in a case that attracted national interest. Charges cover a variety of allegations, including conflict of interest for holding press conferences […]

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Another day, another solar energy bankruptcy

Posted: April 5, 2012 at 7:45 am   /   Politics

Solar Trust for America, a California-based clean energy company, has declared bankruptcy.  It had been granted a $2.1 billion loan guarantee by the Department of Energy, but it is unclear to what extent those funds had been disbursed.  The company backed out of the deal in August. The company was developing the 1000-megawatt Blythe Solar […]

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Called to Serve – Vice President Marco Rubio

Posted: March 29, 2012 at 9:15 am   /   Arizona, Elections, Politics

After formally endorsing Mitt Romney, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was asked by the Pittsburg Tribune-Review who he wanted as the GOP’s vice presidential nominee. Bush’s answer, like so many others who have answered this question, was quick and decisive. Bush called on his fellow Floridian, Senator Marco Rubio, to be the ideal pick to […]

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Bus strike results in amendment curbing public unions

Posted: March 28, 2012 at 9:15 am   /   Arizona, Politics

The recent highly disruptive 6-day bus strike by Veolia Transit workers has resulted in legislative consequences.  Legislation is currently working its way through the Arizona legislature banning public workers from performing union duties while on the job.  Now, that bill has been amended to prohibit unions whose workers perform a contracted public service from striking. […]

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Illegal immigrant population falls 35% in AZ

Posted: March 27, 2012 at 4:13 am   /   Politics

Since 2008, the illegal immigrant population in Arizona has fallen off by around 35%.  Some statistics that should give advocates of policies intended to encourage self-deportation satisfaction: A report released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security, based on 2010 census data, estimated there were 360,000 illegal immigrants in Arizona as of January 2011. That […]

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Arpaio protest planned by online org

Posted: March 22, 2012 at 8:29 am   /   Arizona, Politics

From Arizona Republic: The immigration demonstration that shut down an intersection in west Phoenix for several hours Tuesday was organized by a group from outside Arizona that encourages young undocumented immigrants to “come out of the shadows” by getting arrested. The group, Dream Activist, is an online organization with no home base that is led […]

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Policy and political tactics clash for Obama online

Posted: March 19, 2012 at 9:20 am   /   Elections, Politics

From POLITICO: President Barack Obama wants companies like Google and Facebook to reform their privacy practices. But that’s not stopping his reelection campaign from tapping the rich data Internet companies hold on millions of potential voters. As you might imagine, online privacy advocates are outraged. “The Obama campaign has to confront the contradiction that the president talks about ‘timeless privacy values,’ and […]

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AZ Democrats: GOP budget not spending, but “hoarding”

Posted: March 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm   /   Arizona, Politics

The AZ House Democrats have released their own budget for the 2012 fiscal year.  While the same total amount of money is allocated for – $8.6 billion – Democrats have criticized Gov. Brewer and the Republican legislature for failing to restore spending at state agencies to pre-recession levels. The Republican budget includes $450 million to […]

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