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Local school governing boards gain Ahwatukee representation!

Election: Moses Sanchez

By Diana Martinez, Ahwatukee Foothills NewsAhwatukee Foothills News|

Results from Tuesday’s election have named new local school district governing board members as well as an approval of the well-known bond initiative for Tempe Union High School District.

In addition to the override failing with voters, which would have given the district a 5 percent increase for school programs, Proposition 204 was also defeated on the state level.

Candidates Michelle Helm, Sandy Lowe and Ahwatukee Foothills’ Moses Sanchez won the three available seats on TUHSD’s board Tuesday with nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning.

Over in the Kyrene Elementary School District, candidates Michelle Hirsch, John King, also of Ahwatukee, and Ross Robb won the three available seats on that school board.

Sanchez came in with 19.8 percent of the vote, putting him in third place.

“I’m exhausted, but I feel great,” said Sanchez of winning his seat. “It’s still not real to me, but I’m humbled by it.”

Sanchez and candidate Dave Wells were neck-and-neck Tuesday night with nearly a 900 vote difference.

Fellow Ahwatukee Foothills resident John King came in second in the Kyrene school board race with 23.4 percent of the vote.

The Tempe Union High School District also approved its $75 million bond by 65.9 percent of voters reported on Wednesday morning. The bond, which was presented to voters through forums and other meetings around the tri-city area, will be used for facility issues and replacement of equipment and systems.

Desert Vista High School is projected to receive $12.6 million from the bond. Mountain Pointe High School is expected to receive $7.38 million.

The district’s override, however, which would directly affect TUHSD’s budget, was voted against in a slim percentage of 51.7 percent.


Clashes erupt at Greek anti-austerity protests

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police clashed with anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill.

In the second major walkout in three weeks on Thursday, almost 40,000 protesters marched in Athens in a bid to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that new wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession.

Tensions mounted when a small group of protesters began throwing pieces of marble, bottles and petrol bombs at police barricading part of the square in front of parliament, prompting riot police to fire several rounds of teargas to disperse them.

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Is there an enthusiasm gap at RNC?

Byron York - The Washington Examiner

TAMPA — The top speakers at the Republican convention — Ann Romney, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan — have all gotten enthusiastic receptions inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum. But a number of observers have noticed that those receptions, while heartfelt, were not exactly deafening. In other words, while the speakers were well received, the delegates didn’t blow the roof off the joint.

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