Law & Government

Flake to introduce carbon tax legislation to address climate change: report

BY: - December 19, 2018

Not content with bucking the Republican Party for its support of Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake will introduce carbon tax legislation, The Hill reported today. Although there is broad consensus in the scientific community that climate change is real and presents a danger to the U.S., polling has long shown that Republican voters don’t […]

COMMENTARY

AZ Dems need to stop supporting regressive taxes and fees

BY: - December 19, 2018

Not all taxes are created equal, and Democrats need to stop putting their stamp of approval on ones that harm Arizona’s most vulnerable residents.

New vehicle registration fee hurts the poor, needs accountability, critics say

BY: - December 19, 2018

The new public safety fee all Arizona vehicle-owners will face next year to fund the Arizona Department of Public Safety will hurt Arizona’s poor disproportionately, said Tomas Robles, co-executive director of Living United for Change Arizona, an advocacy nonprofit for working families.

Brnovich praises ruling striking down all of ACA, including pre-existing condition coverage

BY: - December 18, 2018

In a written statement provided this morning, Brnovich praised the ruling by a judge in a Texas district court.

Tempe to decide between two controversial security firms

BY: - December 17, 2018

Last month the city of Tempe took some heat for a decision to add armed security guards to their parks. Now, the city council will be deciding if it wants to stick with G4S Security or instead hire another firm, Allied Universal Security, which also has a history of indiscretions.

Brnovich successful in ruling against Affordable Care Act

BY: - December 17, 2018

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich prevailed in court late Friday, when a federal judge in Texas struck down the entire Affordable Care Act, saying that its mandate that all individuals purchase health insurance is unconstitutional.

AZ legislator wants to require counties accept any grants for law enforcement, prosecutors

BY: - December 14, 2018

An Oro Valley Republican wants to take away the authority of all county governing bodies to turn down any federal money awarded to law enforcement and prosecutors, effectively mandating that counties rubber stamp the partnerships between federal law enforcement and local law enforcement if the federal government provides any amount of funding.

COMMENTARY

With Kyl’s retirement, anonymous media posturing aims to persuade Ducey

BY: - December 14, 2018

And along with the public speculation come news articles, based largely (if not entirely) on anonymous sources, that are thinly veiled attempts to pressure Ducey to take a specific action. In the case of filling the soon-to-be vacant Senate seat, the warring camps within the Republican Party are fighting over Martha McSally.

Retired AZ judges to ICE: Stop arrests at courthouses

BY: - December 14, 2018

A group of 68 retired judges from 23 states sent a letter Wednesday to the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement urging the agency to stop arrests at courthouses. Among those judges were 16 from Arizona, including two former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court.

Rental company changes name, website after complaint about ASU trademark infringement

BY: - December 13, 2018

Infamous Tempe landlord Tim Wright appears to have had to change his company’s name, Rent Me ASU, likely due to pressure from Arizona State University.

Roadblocks exist for affordable housing

BY: - December 13, 2018

Affordable housing is becoming a bigger and bigger issue to residents and politicians alike in Arizona but conflicts between state law and what local municipalities want to do is a major hurdle.

College friendship leads to new kidney for Clean Elections director

BY: - December 12, 2018

Clean Elections Executive Director Tom Collins’ badly needed kidney transplant came by way of an unexpected reunion with an old friend from his college days in Tucson.