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The new rules on election drop boxes are "clearly muddled,"  says a judge.
01/09/2024

The new rules on election drop boxes are "clearly muddled," says a judge.

Arizona voters have long relied on unstaffed ballot drop boxes to conveniently cast their ballots, but challenges to their use persist and a new state rulebook does little to clarify their legal status.

Freedom Caucus comes out swinging on Hobbs' proposals for vouchers
01/09/2024

Freedom Caucus comes out swinging on Hobbs' proposals for vouchers

Arizona’s Freedom Caucus leader said today any legislation Gov. Katie Hobbs proposes to modify the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program is “dead on arrival at the legislature.”

Gov. Katie Hobbs asked lawmakers Monday to approve a new program she said will make home ownership more affordable for m...
01/09/2024

Gov. Katie Hobbs asked lawmakers Monday to approve a new program she said will make home ownership more affordable for middle-income and rural homebuyers.

New Mexico's top prosecutor said Friday that the state's five Republican electors cannot be prosecuted under the current...
01/06/2024

New Mexico's top prosecutor said Friday that the state's five Republican electors cannot be prosecuted under the current law for filing election certificates that falsely declared Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 presidential race.

From a $2 billion surplus to a $450 million deficit, lawmakers will have tough choice to make to balance the budget.
01/06/2024

From a $2 billion surplus to a $450 million deficit, lawmakers will have tough choice to make to balance the budget.

Here's a look at what lawmakers will be addressing in the Legislative session that begins Monday
01/06/2024

Here's a look at what lawmakers will be addressing in the Legislative session that begins Monday

It's taken four decades, Saudi cows munching on alfalfa grown with Arizona water and national headlines about whether Arizona is finally drying up.

GUEST OPINION: Will the Fossil Fuel Lobby Fool the ACC?
01/06/2024

GUEST OPINION: Will the Fossil Fuel Lobby Fool the ACC?

Let’s hope the commissioners are wise enough to see this “study” for the phony drivel it is, ignore it, and act in the clear best interest of Arizonans. That means supporting utilities in their transition to cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable energy sources.

GUEST OPINION: Faith leaders have special role in 2024 elections
01/06/2024

GUEST OPINION: Faith leaders have special role in 2024 elections

I’d encourage all faith leaders to take a tour within their own county and learn the details of how our elections are protected and to spread the word to build trust in our systems.

GUEST OPINION: Connecting struggling people to quality jobs is critical
01/06/2024

GUEST OPINION: Connecting struggling people to quality jobs is critical

When we invest in our unemployed and underemployed populations, we invest in individuals who can, in turn, contribute to our local economy. These individuals have the potential to become consumers, taxpayers, and contributors to the economic growth of Phoenix.

A federal judge is considering whether to allow No Labels Arizona to solely run a presidential candidate in 2024 and bar...
01/05/2024

A federal judge is considering whether to allow No Labels Arizona to solely run a presidential candidate in 2024 and bar any other interested parties from running under the party’s banner.

ADOT problems discussed at legislative hearing
01/05/2024

ADOT problems discussed at legislative hearing

The long-term fate of another state agency looks dim after transportation committees met today to mull over the sunset review recommendation for the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Lawmakers are seeking reform for state psychiatric treatment during the upcoming 2024 session as complaints about behavi...
01/05/2024

Lawmakers are seeking reform for state psychiatric treatment during the upcoming 2024 session as complaints about behavioral health care proliferate.

Free speech panel gives its recommendations
01/05/2024

Free speech panel gives its recommendations

Five Republicans and a lone Democrat offered broad recommendations to strengthen free speech protections on university campuses at the final meeting of a joint committee convened to cover a conflict over a conservative speaking engagement at ASU last year.

Rewritten tamale bill introduced
01/05/2024

Rewritten tamale bill introduced

Stung by a veto last year, Rep. Travis Grantham has introduced a new version of his proposal to expand what kinds of home-cooked foods can be sold to the public.

Lawmakers looking for improvement at Department of Child Safety
01/04/2024

Lawmakers looking for improvement at Department of Child Safety

In a debate over how long the Arizona Department of Child Safety should be allowed to continue, a state representative denounced the agency at a sunset review hearing Wednesday and two legislators voted against recommending the agency’s continuation.

A clash last year over the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind’s sunset review has sparked Democratic lawmakers to fo...
01/04/2024

A clash last year over the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind’s sunset review has sparked Democratic lawmakers to focus on ensuring state agencies get a fair chance when they are up for review next session.

Voucher conflict begins for 2024
01/03/2024

Voucher conflict begins for 2024

Gov. Katie Hobbs released an eight-point plan to curtail the Empowerment Scholarships Account program, but the proposals, slated to run in Hobbs’ executive budget and in the upcoming legislative session, caught near-immediate opposition from Republican leadership who claimed the governor fundament...

Rebuffed in prior legal attempts to overturn his loss in the race for attorney general, Abe Hamadeh now is trying to get...
01/02/2024

Rebuffed in prior legal attempts to overturn his loss in the race for attorney general, Abe Hamadeh now is trying to get a judge to declare that Kris Mayes is holding office illegally.

Arizona voters have an absolute right to enact laws requiring disclosure of "dark money'' political donations – even if ...
01/02/2024

Arizona voters have an absolute right to enact laws requiring disclosure of "dark money'' political donations – even if Republican lawmakers don't like it, a judge ruled Friday.

Conflict of interest? Attorney uses position as lawmaker to grill former justice on investigation that could affect his ...
12/29/2023

Conflict of interest? Attorney uses position as lawmaker to grill former justice on investigation that could affect his client

An attorney for a failed candidate challenging the 2022 election results used his unrelated position as chairman of a legislative panel to elicit testimony Thursday from a former Supreme Court chief justice that ultimately could benefit his client in court.

Young adults living on or near college campuses in Arizona are disproportionately affected, and potentially disenfranchi...
12/28/2023

Young adults living on or near college campuses in Arizona are disproportionately affected, and potentially disenfranchised, by the state’s unique voting laws requiring documented proof of U.S. citizenship to vote in state and local elections.

Young adults living on or near college campuses in Arizona are disproportionately affected, and potentially disenfranchised, by the state’s unique voting laws requiring documented proof of U.S. citizenship to vote in state and local elections, a Votebeat analysis found.

Homebuilders want to remove  a “moratorium on home building in the most affordable parts of the Valley.”
12/21/2023

Homebuilders want to remove a “moratorium on home building in the most affordable parts of the Valley.”

Developers in the Phoenix area want lawmakers to alter 43-year-old laws that restrict construction in areas without adequate water supply.

2 Cochise County supervisors plead not guilty in election interference case
12/21/2023

2 Cochise County supervisors plead not guilty in election interference case

Two Cochise County supervisors pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony charges for delaying the certification of their county's 2022 midterm election results.

Stephen Richer gets court victory, defamation case against Kari Lake going to trial
12/20/2023

Stephen Richer gets court victory, defamation case against Kari Lake going to trial

A defamation suit filed by Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer against one-time gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake lives after a superior court judge found Lake’s statements could not be deemed “rhetorical hyperbole.”

Democratic lawmaker leaving Legislature to pursue passage of ballot measure to make abortion a right in Arizona
12/20/2023

Democratic lawmaker leaving Legislature to pursue passage of ballot measure to make abortion a right in Arizona

A Democratic state representative is resigning Dec. 31 to join a political action committee seeking to establish access to abortion as a constitutional right in Arizona.

Nomination confirmation dispute heads to court in Petersen v. Hobbs
12/20/2023

Nomination confirmation dispute heads to court in Petersen v. Hobbs

Senate President Warren Petersen is suing Gov. Katie Hobbs of what he says is her end-run around state laws giving the Senate the power to confirm or reject her picks to head state agencies.

GUEST OPINION: Let’s maintain Arizona’s educational equity momentum in ‘24
12/20/2023

GUEST OPINION: Let’s maintain Arizona’s educational equity momentum in ‘24

As we navigate the uncertainties of the coming year, let love, light, and understanding guide us. Our Dreamers and their families are relying on our continued support.

GUEST OPINION: Poll: Arizonans want swift climate action, cleaner air policies
12/20/2023

GUEST OPINION: Poll: Arizonans want swift climate action, cleaner air policies

Let’s continue to amplify our voices to be heard by our policymakers to stress the urgency for meaningful and effective measures to ensure a healthier and more sustainable tomorrow.

Beyond the specific contours of the defamation case, attorneys for both Kari Lake and Stephen Richer hope the case sets ...
12/20/2023

Beyond the specific contours of the defamation case, attorneys for both Kari Lake and Stephen Richer hope the case sets some sort of precedent.

Beyond the specific contours of the case, attorneys for both Lake and Richer hope the case sets some sort of precedent.

Here's another look at the Arizona Capitol Times and Noble Predictive Insights Power Rankings.
12/20/2023

Here's another look at the Arizona Capitol Times and Noble Predictive Insights Power Rankings.

Two Democrats representing Arizona in Congress placed as the top two in a recent poll ranking the most favorable people for public office in the state. A recent power ranking list from Noble Predictive Insights in partnership with Arizona Capitol Times ranked the top 50 people in favorability for pu...

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