Briefs

Advocates hope poll buoys sentencing reform efforts

BY: - February 12, 2019

A national organization advocating for criminal justice reform in Arizona is touting a new poll showing strong support for a host of issues being considered by the Legislature this year, including a proposal to reduce the state’s strict sentencing requirements.

Licensing bill backed by Ducey moves forward

BY: - February 11, 2019

A House committee approved a bill that Gov. Doug Ducey touted in his State of the State address that would allow professionals who are certified in other states to practice their trades in Arizona without a new license. House Bill 2569 states that any person who has an occupational license from another state is automatically […]

State to pay $600k in settlement to end legal battle over immigrant drivers licenses

BY: - February 7, 2019

It’s official: Gov. Doug Ducey has dropped an appeal to a class action lawsuit challenging his policy to restrict immigrants legally authorized to work in the country from getting driver’s licenses. The state will pay $600,000 in attorney’s fees to the plaintiffs.

More than 25 percent of Native women murders go unsolved in AZ

BY: - February 5, 2019

As politicians are pushing for action for missing or murdered indigenous women or girl cases, often referred to as MMIWG cases, more than 26 percent of cases of homicide involving Native women since 1976 in Arizona have gone unsolved, according to FBI crime data.

Bannon-led wall effort to meet in Arizona Friday to discuss private border wall construction

BY: - February 5, 2019

A who’s who group of Trump allies and immigration hard-liners may be coming to Tucson this week to hold a “town hall” on a plan to raise $100 million over the next year to build up to 30 miles of border fence on private land.

Trump nominates ex-Rosemont mine lobbyist to lead Interior

BY: - February 4, 2019

President Trump on Monday announced that he’ll nominate David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the Rosemont copper mine in Arizona and George W. Bush administration official, to become the next Interior secretary.

Man who sexually abused 7 boys at Southwest Key facility sentenced to 19 years in prison

BY: - February 1, 2019

A federal judge sentenced Levian Pacheco, who sexually abused several teenage boys at a shelter in Mesa for migrant youth, to 19 years in prison and a lifetime supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona.

Voters just rejected expanding ESA access. This bill would do the opposite.

BY: - February 1, 2019

Less than three months after voters rejected a legislative attempt to broadly expand a controversial school choice program, a Republican senator is hoping lawmakers will approve a narrower expansion for middle-class students. Senate Bill 1396, sponsored by Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would increase access to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to families at or below 185 percent of […]

Gallego’s office asks Capitol Police to investigate extremist group

BY: - January 31, 2019

Staffers of U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego have asked the U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ after its leaders posted photos, video and information about security measures of the congressman’s house, the Southern Policy Law Center’s Hatewatch blog reported today.

Stringer paying for Facebook ads to promote conservative outlet’s defense of him

BY: - January 30, 2019

State Rep. David Stringer is running ads on Facebook to promote his side of the story in the wake of revelations that he faced sex offense charges decades ago in Maryland.

Bill would gut local oversight on rental properties

BY: - January 30, 2019

Legislation that will be considered Thursday would bar cities and towns from having local policies or oversight of disputes between landlords and tenants.

Ban on dropping off early ballots would hit sponsor’s district hard

BY: - January 29, 2019

Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita’s bill to ban voters from dropping off their early ballots in person would affect her legislative district more than almost any other in the state. Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, represents Legislative District 23, which primary encompasses Scottsdale. In the November election, 12,093 voters in her district dropped off their early ballots at polling places […]