Law & Government

Democrats risk losses in 2022 if they give up on paid leave, advocates say

BY: - November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON — When paid family leave was briefly dropped from congressional Democrats’ massive social spending and climate bill earlier this fall, the outcry was swift. Women and caregivers suddenly were calling lawmakers and advocates, and they were sharing their own stories on social media in huge numbers, said Dawn Huckelbridge, director of Paid Leave for […]

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In lieu of path to citizenship, advocates cheer immigration reforms in spending bill

BY: - November 23, 2021

While a pathway to citizenship was nixed in the most recent version of the Build Back Better Act, a flagship legislation part of President Joe Biden’s agenda, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and immigration advocates still welcome the protections from deportation expected to impact about 6.5 million undocumented immigrants.   Under the House version of the spending […]

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Corp Comm defends ethics policy on campaign cash, recusal to legislature

BY: - November 22, 2021

The Corporation Commission rejected legislative staff’s assertion that its ethics policy restricting campaign contributions from regulated utilities is illegal, arguing that it doesn’t violate state law or the Arizona Constitution. At the request of Sen. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, the Legislative Council in September examined the commission’s ethics policy, and found a number of alleged […]

Income tax cut referendum qualifies for ballot, secretary of state says

BY: - November 19, 2021

Arizona voters will get the final say on Gov. Doug Ducey’s legacy income tax cut package that was signed into law earlier this year, after a coalition of public education groups successfully forced a public vote in 2022. The Secretary of State’s Office announced Friday that the referendum effort gathered more than the 118,823 signatures […]

EXCLUSIVE: Katie Hobbs defends firing Talonya Adams, says race and gender weren’t factors

BY: - November 18, 2021

Katie Hobbs defended her role in firing policy adviser Talonya Adams from the Senate in 2015, saying the termination was for performance and other issues, not because of her race or gender. Speaking publicly for the first time since federal jury found that the Senate fired Adams was for complaining about discriminatory pay, which a […]

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GOP senator wants to cancel 2022 vote on in-state tuition for Dreamers because GOP senators were in the minority

BY: - November 18, 2021

A Republican lawmaker says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges because not enough Republicans supported the proposal. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita on Tuesday introduced a proposal to reverse the passage of […]

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Stephen Richer creates PAC to back ‘pro-democracy’ Republicans

BY: - November 17, 2021

Republican candidates who reject the false and baseless claims that the last election was rigged may have some extra financial support in the next one, courtesy of Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. Richer, a Republican who was elected in 2020, has created a new political action committee called Pro-Democracy Republicans of Arizona. The PAC will […]

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‘Social equity’ marijuana licenses were meant to right a wrong. Critics say they’ll just make cannabis giants even richer.

BY: - November 17, 2021

When Arizona voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2020, the new law included provisions that aimed to give the opportunity of a lifetime to people most harmed by the War on Drugs: a chance to win a coveted license to operate a dispensary. Now, the final licenses to sell marijuana in Arizona are set to […]

COMMENTARY
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Investments in people or tax cuts for the wealthy? That’s the real dividing line in Arizona politics

BY: - November 17, 2021

Donald Trump, cancel culture, fake news, critical race theory, border wall. Those are the soundbite issues Arizona Republicans are focused on for 2022 because they believe those are the issues that will motivate their base. Meanwhile, Democrats are focused on…well, I’m not so sure what they’re focused on. Unfortunately, the party has never been great […]

Indigenous traditional knowledge to be included in US efforts against climate change for first time

BY: - November 16, 2021

For the first time in history, a Presidential administration has committed to incorporating traditional Indigenous knowledge into the scientific, technical, social, and economic advancement of the United States. President Joe Biden pledged on Monday during the opening of the White House Tribal Nations Summit to be the first president to work with the tribes to […]

Patient deaths at Arizona State Hospital raise questions about staffing levels, lack of oversight

BY: - November 16, 2021

On the afternoon of Oct. 20, Philip Ronan, a patient at the Arizona State Hospital, left art class to use the bathroom—and never returned. He had a pair of scissors with him, which he’d been using to work on his stamp collection. A hospital staff member knocked on the door and asked if he was […]

‘We have a voice’: Biden administration hosts first Tribal Nations Summit since 2016

BY: - November 16, 2021

State, federal and tribal leaders came together during the White House Tribal Nations Summit on Monday to talk about commitments towards Indian Country and highlight the importance of the nation-to-nation relationship between tribal nations and the U.S. government. “The White House sits on the ancestral homelands of the Anacostan and the Piscataway people,” Secretary of […]