Law & Government

GOP leaders ask to intervene in Arizona abortion lawsuit

BY: - February 6, 2023

Top Republicans are asking to defend an abortion law from 2021, in light of Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes’ unwillingness to do so. 

A single Republican holdout doomed the GOP’s ‘skinny budget’ on Monday

BY: - February 6, 2023

The Republican-led effort to pass a “skinny budget” has hit a momentary roadblock in the Arizona House of Representatives, where a sole Republican’s refusal to vote for the spending package doomed the budget.  Rep. Liz Harris, R-Chandler, voted no on the first bill that is part of the major Republican budget proposal that merely extends […]

GOP proposals to help pregnant women are really aimed at ending abortion, critics say

BY: - February 6, 2023

One state lawmaker promises that his suite of pregnancy-related bills are solely aimed at protecting pregnant mothers. But some skeptics say that his proposals are a backdoor attempt to codify fetal personhood into Arizona law.  Republican Rep. Matt Gress has proposed new laws that would allow women to collect child support back to the date […]

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GOP proposal would dramatically increase signature requirements for ballot measures

BY: - February 3, 2023

Lawmakers are seeking to place a measure on the 2024 ballot that critics say could further hamstring Arizonans’ efforts to pass their own laws.  Since it was ratified in 1912, Arizona’s Constitution has given citizens the right to put changes to state law and the constitution on the ballot, as long as they gather the […]

COMMENTARY

LGBTQ kids need protection from bullies and violence, not adults targeting and bullying them too

BY: - February 3, 2023

I grew up in a struggling, post-industrial Ohio town in the 1990s where ignorance and intolerance often reigned. I stood up to bullies my whole life, and when put under physical threat, I fought them. No bully can intimidate me, and so even though I was definitely a weird kid, I was also funnier, smarter, […]

Proposed crackdown on drug dealers rejected, called ‘unconstitutional’

BY: - February 3, 2023

A proposed Arizona law that would allow drug dealers to be charged with homicide if their product killed someone was shot down by critics who said it was unconstitutional, could have a chilling effect on 911 calls for overdoses and had the potential to subject a typical user to harsh punishment.  The Ashley Dunn Act, […]

Arizona Republicans approve bill to criminalize ‘evil’ drag shows

BY: - February 2, 2023

Concerns that a proposal seeking to restrict drag shows could lead to the criminalization of transgender Arizonans were ignored by Republican lawmakers on Thursday, who defended their approval of the bill by equating drag with pedophilia and calling it “evil” that must be stamped out.  “I will do everything I can as a senator in […]

Hard ball politics: Republicans created a special committee to evaluate Hobbs’ cabinet appointees

BY: - February 2, 2023

Republicans moved to create a new committee Thursday that aims to “evaluate executive nominations,” setting the stage for a major political battle between Gov. Katie Hobbs and Senate Republicans.  The new panel, which exists solely to consider the people Hobbs appoints to lead dozens of state agencies, will be led by Sen. Jake Hoffman, a […]

David Schweikert blames ‘populist’ AZ Freedom Caucus for his quitting the House Freedom Caucus

BY: - February 2, 2023

U.S. Rep. David Schweikert was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus when it formed in 2015 to undercut then-Speaker John Boehner and pull the broader Republican conference further to the right. But now that the group has more power than it’s ever had  — as evidenced by the concessions its members wrung out […]

Republicans try again to force ‘impossible’ hand counts of elections and a return to precinct voting

BY: - February 2, 2023

Arizona Republicans have taken another step in their attempt to completely overhaul elections in the Grand Canyon State, with a proposed bill that would force hand counts in the state’s elections, a practice that elections experts say would be logistically impossible.  The measure to ban votes from being counted with electronic tabulators — equipment used […]

Senate Republicans pass ‘skinny budget’ that Hobbs will veto

BY: - February 1, 2023

Senate Republicans passed a “skinny budget” Wednesday afternoon that merely extends much of the $18 billion budget passed last year for another 12 months, despite Gov. Katie Hobbs saying that she intends to veto it if it reaches her desk.  The Republican budget proposal is a continuation of last year’s bipartisan budget and is being […]

Lazy Daze Mobile Home Park protest sign

Bipartisan bill to help mobile home park residents advances

BY: - February 1, 2023

As mobile homes continue to be displaced by development, a bipartisan bill aims to increase funding to a program to provide relief to those impacted.  Mobile homes have been vanishing across the Valley most often being replaced by luxury apartments or similar developments. The Phoenix City Council earlier this year approved $300,000 for legal services […]