Briefs

State bans on abortion don’t apply to emergency health care, White House reminds providers

BY: - July 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration reminded doctors and other health care providers Monday that a federal law protects them if they provide abortion services to save a patient’s life or health in emergency situations — regardless of what state laws say.  U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra wrote in a letter that the […]

Recreational marijuana sales remain steady as medical sales plummet

BY: - July 11, 2022

Cannabis sales in Arizona continue to be robust overall, thanks to the continued explosion of recreational sales. But as adult-use recreational sales are increasing, medical marijuana totals are in a free-fall that began last year. The Arizona Department of Revenue reports that recreational cannabis sales were almost $75.5 million — which would have been an […]

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Arizona has a new ‘blatantly unconstitutional’ ban on filming cops up close

BY: - July 8, 2022

Arizonans who are within eight feet of a police officer while filming them can be thrown in jail for up to 30 days under a new law that Gov. Doug Ducey signed this week.  Whether it stays on the books will be up to the courts, said a Phoenix attorney. “It’s blatantly unconstitutional,” First Amendment […]

Campaign kicks off for Prop. 308 to guarantee in-state tuition for undocumented high school grads

BY: - July 8, 2022

A broad-based group of political, business and immigration leaders rallied Wednesday to drum up support for Proposition 308, the ballot initiative that would guarantee in-state tuition for any Arizona high school graduate, regardless of citizenship status. With an estimated 2,000 undocumented students graduating from Arizona high schools every year, backers of the “Yes on 308” campaign said […]

Ducey signs new school voucher law, opponents launch campaign to stop it

BY: - July 7, 2022

A proposal to let all 1.1 million Arizona students use taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private school was signed into law Thursday, but opponents are aiming to let voters decide whether it ever goes into effect.  The Empowerment Scholarship Account program, commonly referred to as ESAs, has been narrowly implemented since its creation in 2011. Eligible […]

City of Phoenix commits to leave more Colorado River water in Lake Mead

BY: - July 7, 2022

In an effort to keep water levels in Lake Mead from declining at a drastic rate, the City of Phoenix announced that it will leave an additional 14,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water in the lake this year.  Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council approved the move on July 1 as […]

Brnovich, lagging in the polls, begs Ducey to declare an ‘invasion’ to militarize the border

BY: - July 7, 2022

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking Gov. Doug Ducey to declare an “invasion” at the state’s southern border to invoke war powers and send the state’s National Guard troops to fight cartels and human smugglers, an idea that rests on a legal theory constitutional scholars say is “destructive and radical.” Brnovich’s letter to Ducey […]

Ducey endorses Karrin Taylor Robson for governor

BY: - July 7, 2022

Gov. Doug Ducey endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate developer Karrin Taylor Robson Thursday to replace him over former President Donald Trump’s choice, former local news anchor Kari Lake.  “I’ve looked at each of the candidates for Governor this year, and there’s no question who is the proven conservative ready to lead on Day One,” Ducey said […]

Arizona will give up to $125 million a year in tax credits to film and TV productions

BY: - July 6, 2022

In order to lure television and film producers to the Grand Canyon State, Arizona will give out up to $125 million a year in tax credits under a new program that Gov. Doug Ducey allowed to become law on Wednesday without his signature. The new Arizona Motion Picture Production Program goes into effect in 2023 […]

U.S. sues Arizona over proof of citizenship voting law

BY: - July 5, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division announced Tuesday that it has sued Arizona over a law signed by the state’s Republican governor in March that requires people registering to vote prove their citizenship to participate in a presidential election or to vote by mail in any federal election. Republican proponents of […]

Three-year abortion trends vary dramatically by state

BY: - July 5, 2022

A recent survey from the Guttmacher Institute documented an 8% rise in the number of abortions performed in the U.S. from 2017 to 2020, reversing what had been a nearly three-decade decline in women opting to terminate their pregnancies. But a closer look at the findings, drawn from a comprehensive survey of every known facility […]

Democratic governors call on Biden to use federal facilities for abortion access

BY: - July 1, 2022

A group of Democratic governors urged President Joe Biden on Friday to use federal facilities to provide access to abortions, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade last week. In a video conference with nine governors, including Kate Brown of Oregon, Roy Cooper of North Carolina, Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico […]