Law & Government

Andy Biggs: White House aide ‘mistaken’ that he sought pardon after Jan. 6

BY: - June 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, this week denied he sought a pardon from then-President Donald Trump for any part in connection with the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Biggs’ statement Thursday night came in response to video testimony earlier that day to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack. During that […]

Legislature ends its session amid protests, tear gas

BY: - June 25, 2022

State senators had to briefly flee the chamber’s floor Friday night as they worked to end the 2022 legislative session when state troopers fired smoke bombs and tear gas when protesters, who had gathered outside the legislative buildings to denounce the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and ending abortion rights, allegedly tried to […]

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Arizona Republicans cheer Supreme Court ruling on abortion, Democrats express outrage

BY: - June 24, 2022

Reaction in Arizona to the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the constitutional right to abortion broke down along predictable party lines, with Republicans celebrating and Democrats blasting the ruling.

Lawmakers add pilots for ‘smart’ drop boxes, special ballots to Arizona budget

BY: - June 24, 2022

Arizona's new state budget includes funding for election security measures and to develop new "smart" ballot drop boxes.

Bipartisan budget boosts school funding, state employee pay raises, transportation

BY: and - June 23, 2022

Republicans and Democrats joined forces early Thursday morning to pass a $15.8 billion budget that significantly increases K-12 funding and caps off a week of intense negotiations as state lawmakers scrambled to approve a spending plan and avert a state government shutdown on July 1. After months of trying to craft a budget that could […]

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GOP plan to expand school vouchers to all 1.1 million Arizona students clears House

BY: - June 22, 2022

A proposal to let all 1.1 million Arizona students use taxpayer-funded vouchers to attend private school passed the Arizona House of Representatives Wednesday after two Republicans who had opposed previous efforts to expand the program changed their position.  The Empowerment Scholarship Account program, commonly referred to as ESAs, has been narrowly implemented since its creation […]

GOP budget plan derails amid fighting between the Senate and House

BY: - June 21, 2022

A $15.6 billion budget that Republicans crafted won approval in the House Appropriations Committee only to come to a screeching halt in the Senate, where GOP leaders accused top House Republicans of breaking a deal to advance unrelated bills. More than 4 hours after the Senate Appropriations Committee took an unexpected recess after considering a […]

$15 billion Republican budget will be considered Tuesday morning, as shutdown looms

BY: - June 20, 2022

With the state only 10 days away from the end of the fiscal year, Republican leaders on Monday released a proposal for a state budget they hope will garner bipartisan support and avert a government shutdown. Lawmakers are set to meet first thing Tuesday morning to consider the bills in committee. If they win approval […]

COMMENTARY

By allowing community choice energy, Arizona could take advantage of its solar potential

BY: - June 20, 2022

Summer in Arizona comes with the one-two punch of high heat and high energy bills. The unprecedented heat caused by climate change makes hot weather even more dangerous for our health and leads to even higher air conditioning bills. In a state with so much sunshine, a natural solution to both of these problems is […]

High school graduation will be tied to learning about the evils of communism

BY: - June 20, 2022

High school students in Arizona will soon have to learn how communism and totalitarianism conflict with the American “principles of freedom and democracy” before they can graduate.   House Bill 2008, signed into law Friday by Gov. Doug Ducey, directs the State Board of Education to update its high school social studies academic standards to include […]

Three Arizona tribal leaders appointed to new Interior advisory panel

BY: - June 17, 2022

Tribal leaders from Arizona and across the country will have direct access to advising the U.S. Department of the Interior for the first time in history with the creation of a tribal advisory panel. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland this week launched the first-ever Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee. “Tribes deserve a seat at the […]

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The key question for the January 6 committee, and all Americans: Is anyone above the law?

BY: - June 17, 2022

I was about four or five when I witnessed corruption for the first time. I was standing on the back seat of our car — not safe, but common back then — when my great uncle got pulled over by a traffic cop in Tampico, Mexico. At some point, the cop let my mom and […]