Law & Government

Stone-Manning nomination set to advance to U.S. Senate after emotions run high at committee vote

BY: - July 22, 2021

In a contentious meeting that distilled a weeks-long fight, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee deadlocked 10-10 along party lines Thursday on approving Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination as head of the Bureau of Land Management. That means an extra procedural vote will be forced before the full U.S. Senate takes up the nomination of […]

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Small business owners join pressure campaign against Sinema over filibuster

BY: - July 22, 2021

A coalition of over 500 small businesses throughout Arizona is calling on U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to take meaningful steps to pass the For The People Act, a proposal she co-sponsored but Senate Republicans have successfully stalled through procedural means.  Sinema is one of the two Senate Democrats who have publicly voiced their opposition […]

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States still lag in getting assistance to struggling renters, federal data shows

BY: - July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — State and local officials disbursed $1.5 billion in rental assistance during June—more than during the entire previous five months—to help households falling behind on rent and utilities, according to U.S. Treasury data released Wednesday. That progress in getting slow-moving federal dollars to struggling renters comes as the Biden administration and housing advocates have been scrambling […]

Judge: Senate must disclose who is funding its election review

BY: - July 15, 2021

A judge said the Arizona Senate’s reasoning for why it rejected a public records request for documents relating to the ongoing ballot review — including who is funding the effort — would lead to the “absurd result” of effectively gutting state public records law and “erode any sense of transparency” in government. Maricopa County Superior […]

Senate indicates more election review subpoenas are likely

BY: - July 15, 2021

The Arizona State Senate might issue more subpoenas related to an ongoing review of the Maricopa County 2020 election, which has been going on since late April. 

Lawmakers approve money to research marijuana ‘psychosis’

BY: - July 7, 2021

Lawmakers on the final day of the legislative session approved spending $250,000 to research connections between marijuana use and “psychosis,” an idea promoted by a controversial book that scientists have panned as “junk science”  The spending, which was attached to broader bill that allocates money from the state’s medical marijuana fund to public health, mental […]

COMMENTARY

The future looks bright to my solar business, thanks to Joe Biden

BY: - July 2, 2021

As the sun beats down on Phoenix in what’s shaping up to be one of the hottest summers on record, the future has never looked brighter for my solar construction company. 

Ducey rescinds 25 COVID-19 executive orders

BY: - July 2, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday rescinded 25 COVID-19 related executive orders, including an executive order that required face masks in schools. 

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 1, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. 

Legislature wraps up 171-day session, the 3rd-longest on record

BY: - June 30, 2021

Arizona lawmakers on Wednesday ended the third-longest legislative session in state history after approving the final components of a state spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Thursday and taking final votes on several other outstanding measures. 

Ducey signs budget with hours to go before fiscal year ends

BY: - June 30, 2021

With the start of the new fiscal year less than eight hours away, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the $12.8 billion budget shortly after lawmakers sent him the final two budget bills to his desk.

Sentencing reform dies for third straight year after Fann blocks Senate vote

BY: - June 30, 2021

Arizona will continue to have some of the strictest criminal sentencing laws in the country after Senate President Karen Fann refused to let the Senate vote on a bill that would allow some nonviolent inmates to earn early releases.