Law & Government

‘Sanctuary cities’ amendment would force police to do immigration enforcement, experts say

Republican proposals to amend the state constitution to ban sanctuary jurisdictions would in essence force local law enforcement agencies to take direction from federal immigration officials to identify and detain people, according to local immigration experts.

¡Americano! tells a dreamer’s story with an uncertain end

Tony Valdovinos is a “Dreamer” who sees the world as it is, not as he thinks it should be. It’s a personal philosophy that’s served him well.

School IDs would have suicide prevention info under Dem proposal

Arizona high schoolers and university students could have suicide prevention resources added to their school-issued identification cards starting next year, under legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee.

MCSO’s ‘expert opinion’ report on marijuana extraction is flawed, experts say

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has created a report for prosecutors and police to use as an expert opinion that defines the ratio of marijuana flower to extracts in the wake of an Arizona Supreme Court ruling, according to new documents obtained by Arizona Mirror.

Bonding over baklava: Lawrence meets with refugee advocates

Refugee advocates met with Rep. Jay Lawrence last week to get the Republican lawmaker who said “I don’t want refugees settled here” to support two legislative proposals welcoming adults and children fleeing war and persecution around the world to Arizona.

Invest in Education kicks off campaign to tax the wealthy for K-12 spending

The campaign to ask voters in November to raise income taxes on the wealthiest Arizonans to increase spending on Arizona public schools kicked off Monday, as more than 200 red-shirted supporters – many of them teachers – rallied at the state Capitol.

Amid fears of voter protection, Democrat’s marijuana legalization bill considered

Some Republican lawmakers are sounding the alarm to their colleagues that recreational marijuana legalization efforts are likely to pass at the ballot in November and that the legislature would be wise to consider legalizing the drug to avoid triggering voter-protection measures.

Activists demand changes at Tempe PD, more community engagement

More than 20 protesters attended the first Tempe City Council meeting since charges were dropped against Joseph Jaen, the former Tempe police officer who shot and killed 14-year-old Antonio Arce 13 months ago.

Monday Musings: Chill out and focus on turnout in 2020, Democrats

As Arizona’s Democratic presidential preference election early ballots are mailed to voters this week and other state primaries continue to roll out, Democratic activists are frenetic.

Democrats blast plan to shift $3.8 billion from Pentagon to border wall

The Trump administration plans to tap the Pentagon for another $3.8 billion in military funds to pay for border wall construction this year, a move critics blasted as “theft,” a raid and a money grab.
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