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Politics by proxy: Arizona House members cast hundreds of remote votes
By: Brooke Newman/Cronkite News - August 16, 2021
WASHINGTON – More than half of Arizona’s House delegation cast votes by proxy this year, including two who were among the top remote voters in Congress and another who once called proxy voting “shameful and unconstitutional” but did it anyway. They were in good company: 260 lawmakers had cast at least one vote by proxy […]
In rush to restore budget earmarks, Arizona lawmakers made modest asks
By: Brooke Newman/Cronkite News - August 12, 2021
WASHINGTON – When Congress restored budget earmarks this year after a decade-long ban, more than 300 House members rushed in with $7.1 billion in special requests for congressional funding of local projects. Arizona lawmakers were part of that rush, but with requests that were relatively modest: None of the state’s four Republican members asked for […]
Court: Don Shooter cannot sue for expulsion from House in harassment case
By: Brooke Newman/Cronkite News - July 26, 2021
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court Thursday refused to reinstate former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter’s challenge of his 2018 expulsion from the Legislature for violating its policies against sexual harassment and creating a hostile workplace. The ruling by a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel upheld a lower court that had dismissed Shooter’s suit, […]
Concert, theater owners call pandemic relief fund efforts a ‘disaster’
By: Brooke Newman/Cronkite News - June 11, 2021
WASHINGTON -- Arizona business owners said a federal program aimed at helping theaters and concert venues shuttered by COVID-19 “has been a disaster,” taking until this month to deliver the first grants from a fund that was approved last year.
Vaccination rates drop, but officials still hopeful state can hit goal
By: Brooke Newman/Cronkite News - June 7, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination rates have fallen sharply in Arizona, but health officials are still hopeful the state can reach a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention goal of vaccinating 70% of Arizonans by July 4.