Briefs

Kyle Rittenhouse protest

After acquittal, Kyle Rittenhouse opponents and supporters rally at ASU

BY: - December 2, 2021

TEMPE – More than 100 protesters gathered in the Arizona State University Nelson Fine Arts Center courtyard Wednesday demanding ASU bar Kyle Rittenhouse, though university officials say Rittenhouse isn’t enrolled and hasn’t applied for admission. The group chanted “Killer Kyle off our campus!” as they were met with a crowd of Rittenhouse supporters of roughly […]

Kyle Rittenhouse isn’t an ASU student, but the prospect has campus groups feuding

BY: - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON – He is not currently enrolled in any classes or present on campus, but Kyle Rittenhouse is already casting a long shadow across Arizona State University. Rittenhouse, acquitted of all charges this month in the killing of two people and the wounding of a third during 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, […]

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‘Patriot Party’ misses deadline to be an official political party in 2022

BY: - November 30, 2021

The fledgling Patriot Party skipped an appointment with the Secretary of State’s Office to submit signatures so it can be recognized as an official party, meaning its candidates won’t be on the ballot in the 2022 election cycle, the first since its formation. According to Murphy Hebert, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, […]

Federal vaccine mandate for health care workers in 10 states blocked by judge

BY: - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — Enforcement of the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for millions of health care workers was blocked in 10 states on Monday, after a ruling by a federal judge in Missouri. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp affects the states involved in the lawsuit, which include Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and New Hampshire. The […]

New COVID-19 omicron variant ‘not a cause for panic,’ Biden says

BY: - November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden sought to reassure Americans on Monday about the latest COVID-19 variant, describing it as “a cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” Biden did not announce any new travel restrictions or other federal actions during his brief remarks from the White House.  Instead, he urged Americans to get a booster […]

Corporation Commission

Corp Comm defends ethics policy on campaign cash, recusal to legislature

BY: - November 22, 2021

The Corporation Commission rejected legislative staff’s assertion that its ethics policy restricting campaign contributions from regulated utilities is illegal, arguing that it doesn’t violate state law or the Arizona Constitution. At the request of Sen. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, the Legislative Council in September examined the commission’s ethics policy, and found a number of alleged […]

Federal health officials open up access to COVID-19 booster shots to all U.S. adults

BY: - November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Friday moved to expand access to COVID-19 booster shots to all American adults, in an effort to bolster protection against infections as case counts rise again across the United States. Officials with the Food and Drug Administration on Friday morning authorized booster shots for anyone over age 18 who […]

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GOP senator wants to cancel 2022 vote on in-state tuition for Dreamers because GOP senators were in the minority

BY: - November 18, 2021

A Republican lawmaker says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges because not enough Republicans supported the proposal. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita on Tuesday introduced a proposal to reverse the passage of […]

U.S. House to vote to censure Paul Gosar, strip him of committee assignment

BY: - November 16, 2021

The U.S. House is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution to censure U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, and remove him from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The vote is a rebuke of Gosar for a video he posted to social media last week.  The video manipulated an anime sequence to depict […]

Arizona audit

Poll: Majority of Republicans falsely believe Arizona ‘audit’ found fraud

BY: - November 16, 2021

A majority of Republican respondents in a recent poll wrongly believe that the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa county definitely or probably found evidence of fraud. Monmouth University polled 811 people across the United States earlier this month, asking a series of questions about the state of the country, the Jan. 6 […]

Chaco Canyon

Biden blocks energy leases in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon as tribal nations summit meets

BY: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden on Monday said the administration will move to prevent oil and gas development for two decades near Chaco Canyon, an area in northwestern New Mexico that’s culturally significant to the area’s Native American communities and important for biodiversity. The plan was formally announced during the White House Tribal Nations Summit, the first […]

Fired Senate Dem staffer awarded $2.75M for race, sex discrimination

BY: - November 11, 2021

A former Black Democratic state legislative staffer was awarded $2.75 million by a federal jury Wednesday, ruling unanimously that she was fired for complaining that she was paid less than her white and male colleagues in the Arizona Senate. The verdict was Talonya Adams’ second courtroom victory over the Senate regarding her discrimination claims. Adams […]