Law & Government

U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Kyrsten Sinema

BY: - August 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and a second tax hike aimed at wealthy finance-sector workers, Schumer told reporters Friday. The revenue lost to obtain Sinema’s support […]

Karen Fann used Senate resources to campaign for Kari Lake

BY: - August 5, 2022

Senate President Karen Fann and the Senate GOP spokeswoman violated Arizona laws barring the use of government resources for political activity when they sent a press release calling on voters to “unite behind (Kari) Lake” in the governor’s race. Hours later, in the face of intense criticism that the statement broke state law, the Senate […]

Corporations that pay little in taxes want Kyrsten Sinema to kill the corporate minimum tax

BY: - August 4, 2022

Corporations aiming to persuade U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to push for major changes to tax increase provisions in the $740 billion domestic spending bill would see a hit to their bottom lines if the measure’s corporate minimum tax remains unchanged. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry this week launched a six-figure ad blitz opposing […]

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Kyrsten Sinema again pivotal as U.S. Senate Democrats scramble for 50 votes

BY: - August 4, 2022

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, the enigmatic Democrat from Arizona, is once again at the center of attention in Congress, where she’s the linchpin in Democrats’ plans to pass a party-line climate, health and taxes bill. Democrats need every member of their Senate caucus to support the sweeping 725-page bill for it to pass in the […]

Members of U.S. Senate committee consider bipartisan changes to Electoral Count Act

BY: - August 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and legal experts at a U.S. Senate hearing on Wednesday outlined the need to pass legislation clarifying an archaic election law so that the peaceful transfer of presidential power is ensured. The Electoral Count Reform and Presidential Transition Improvement Act, a bipartisan bill being pushed by 16 senators, was proposed after the […]

Brnovich: Senate ‘audit’ dead wrong it its claims that deceased voters cast 2020 ballots

BY: - August 1, 2022

The Arizona Senate’s partisan “audit” last year claimed 282 dead voters cast a ballot in the 2020 general election in Maricopa County, but Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said only one of those was genuine, according to a letter he sent to the Senate on Monday.  “Our agents investigated all individuals that Cyber Ninjas reported […]

Can’t hurt to ask: Arizona lawmakers raise earmark requests by $194 million

BY: - August 1, 2022

WASHINGTON – Add another item to the long list of things that Republican and Democratic members of Arizona’s congressional delegation disagree on: earmarks. For a second straight year, Republicans refrained from requesting any funding for local projects, while Democrats this year raised their requests by more than $194.5 million, a 43% increase over last year, […]

Two Arizona tribal colleges will receive grants to improve internet access for students

BY: - July 29, 2022

Diné College and the Tohono O’odham Community College received multi-million-dollar grants to support their efforts to improve educational and economic opportunity within their tribal communities by improving internet access, providing more hardware and investing in information technology personnel. “We knew that we had to extend our services beyond our campuses and centers to the Navajo […]

Experts warn of election ‘havoc’ across the U.S. if North Carolina case succeeds

BY: - July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Legal experts on Thursday warned lawmakers on the U.S. House Administration Committee that if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a North Carolina case that embraces a fringe election theory, it would undermine future elections across the country. “To be blunt, it would be extraordinary destabilizing,” said Carolyn Shapiro, a law professor at the […]

Brnovich joins GOP lawsuit taking aim at USDA’s transgender discrimination guidance

BY: - July 28, 2022

Two weeks after nearly two dozen Republican attorneys general won an injunction against the U.S. Department of Education and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for attempting to implement new rules preventing and combating discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, the same group of plaintiffs have returned to the same court to train their crosshairs on a different […]

Final steps to remove derogatory names from federal lands underway

BY: - July 27, 2022

Sixty-six of the 67 sites on federal land in Arizona with a name that includes a slur for Native American women are slated to be renamed in September. With the public comment period now over, the U.S. Department of Interior is in the final stages of renaming more than 660 geographic features with the word […]

Arizona’s 1864 law criminalizing abortions doesn’t override 50 years of regulating them, Planned Parenthood says

BY: - July 20, 2022

Planned Parenthood Arizona says that Arizona’s Civil War-era law banning abortions should go into effect — but that it should apply only to non-doctors because state legislators have spent the past 50 years creating a “complex” system of laws legalizing abortion access and regulating how abortions are performed by doctors.  Calling Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s […]