Law & Government

Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering. Voting rights advocates fear that the high court’s conservative majority will further weaken the Voting Rights Act, with implications for voters in states across the […]

Doctors are suing Arizona over confusion of conflicting abortion laws

BY: - October 4, 2022

A local abortion provider and Arizona’s largest medical association have sued the state, demanding the courts clarify the legality of abortion in Arizona following the overturning of Roe v. Wade earlier this year.  The Arizona chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Dr. Paul Isaacson, who runs an […]

AZGOP chair Kelli Ward

AZGOP chair Kelli Ward pleaded the Fifth when the Jan. 6 committee questioned her

BY: - October 4, 2022

Kelli Ward, the chair of the Arizona Republican Party, refused to answer questions from the congressional committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 insurrection aimed at overturning the 2020 election and instead asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. The disclosure was made Tuesday in federal court by an attorney for the House Select Committee to […]

What does the 1864 abortion ban and the end of Roe mean for AZ women?

BY: - October 3, 2022

With the 1864 territorial era ban on abortion in effect in Arizona, providers, patients, and even lawmakers, have been left confused about the legal and medical landscape, so the Arizona Mirror created this guide to help clear up some confusion. Last month, Pima County Superior Court Judge Kellie Johnson ruled that an injunction blocking the […]

The ‘poster child’ for social equity marijuana licenses looks to succeed, even against tall odds

BY: - October 3, 2022

Alicia Deals is the poster child for Arizona’s social equity program, and she is willing to pass up an immediate payday — risking no payday at all — in order to try to forge her own path in a complex and heavily regulated industry. Deals is one of 26 winners of marijuana establishment licenses the […]

Judge denies Planned Parenthood’s request to pause 158-year-old AZ abortion ban

BY: - September 30, 2022

A Pima County Judge has denied Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s request to pause her ruling that reinstated a Civil War-era abortion ban while an appeal of that ruling is heard, rejecting the organization’s argument that confusion over the ban and newly enacted laws will cause harm.  Judge Kellie Johnson ruled Sept. 23 that an injunction […]

The universal school voucher challenge has officially failed

BY: - September 30, 2022

Public school advocates did not collect enough signatures to block universal school vouchers and force a public vote in 2024, the Secretary of State’s Office announced Friday morning.  The expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program, which Republican lawmakers approved earlier this year, makes a program that had previously been implemented in a limited […]

COMMENTARY

Economic inequality keeps getting worse, along with America’s toxic, corrupt politics

BY: - September 30, 2022

The most reliable economic fact for nearly 50 years is that American wealth and income inequality continues to explode. Alongside that we’ve seen rampant corruption and the toxic debasement of our politics. Meanwhile, hard-working American families continue to suffer enormous hardship from poverty wages; childhood and family hunger; limited access to basic personal needs, transportation, […]

Arizona students walkout in protest of new anti-LGBTQ laws

BY: and - September 29, 2022

Hundreds of Arizona high school students walked out of their schools into the glaring afternoon sun on Thursday to protest the record number of anti-LGBTQ bills passed by the GOP-controlled state Legislature this year.  “Dear (Gov. Doug) Ducey and Arizona representatives, these bills are killing us,” walkout organizer Dawn Shim told a crowd of students […]

An obscure, but vital, state board overseeing city tax codes hasn’t been able to muster a quorum since May 2019

BY: - September 29, 2022

The failure of Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican legislative leaders to appoint members to an obscure but technically important board that considers tax issues is causing big headaches for local governments trying to administer their tax codes.  And state auditors say that the unwillingness to fill vacancies on the board — which hasn’t met for […]

COMMENTARY

A seismic change has taken place at the Supreme Court – but it’s not clear if the shift is about principle or party

BY: - September 29, 2022

In the summer of 2022, the U.S. witnessed a dramatic change in how the majority of Supreme Court justices understand the Constitution. At the end of a single term, the court rejected the long-standing constitutional right to abortion, expanded gun rights and ruled that religion can have a bigger role in public institutions. These outcomes […]

Doug Ducey

Strange bedfellows: Brnovich and Dems both want Ducey to call a special session to resolve abortion law confusion

BY: - September 29, 2022

The head of the Arizona Democratic Party and a coalition of liberal community organizations are asking Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special legislative session to eliminate confusion over Arizona’s abortion laws, and they have an unexpected ally — the office of Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Ducey has repeatedly stated that a 15-week abortion […]