Law & Government
Ducey says tax conformity can wait, but doesn’t close door to special session
Gov. Doug Ducey wouldn’t close the door to a special session this year to conform Arizona’s income tax code the federal code, but said he believes the issue can wait until the legislative session begins in January.
Ducey won’t repudiate election fraud claims
Gov. Doug Ducey said the election is over and the people have spoken, but wouldn’t say whether he believes there was fraud in Arizona’s recently concluded election, a charge that numerous Republicans have made over the past week, though there has been no evidence to support those claims.
Inspections of HUD housing in Arizona on the decline
Of Arizona’s 235 private and public Housing and Urban Development housing projects, only 17 have had inspections this year, according to data published today by ProPublica.
Republicans question Fontes decisions on emergency voting centers
Republicans are crying foul over Democratic Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes’s decision to open five emergency voting centers in the days leading up to the general election, and at least one GOP lawmaker hopes to impose new restrictions on the practice. State law says in-person early voting ends at 5 p.m. on the Friday before […]
‘Birther’ case against new legislator tossed out of court
A judge ruled Wednesday there’s no legal basis to the claim that representative-elect Raquel Terán is unfit to serve in the Arizona Legislature because she is not a U.S. citizen.
Republican lawmakers push for special session on tax conformity
Key Republican lawmakers are hoping to persuade Gov. Doug Ducey to call a lame-duck special session in the next six weeks so the Legislature can adjust Arizona’s income tax laws to conform with the federal tax bill that President Trump signed nearly a year ago.
Republicans spread baseless fraud claims, declare victory after switching positions on early ballots
Republicans declared victory on Friday over a settlement requiring all early ballots dropped off at polling places on Election Day to be “cured” if they have signature problems, just days after Arizona’s GOP chairman threatened to sue counties to stop those exact same votes from being tabulated.
Republicans, counties settle lawsuit over ‘curing’ early ballots
All 15 county recorders agreed to a settlement Friday afternoon under which each would give voters an opportunity to “cure” early ballots before those ballots are rejected for signature problems on the envelopes.
‘An ugly tactic’: Lawsuit questions citizenship of future Latina lawmaker
Alice Novoa, a resident of a small community near Douglas, filed the lawsuit with Maricopa County Superior Court on Nov. 5. Novoa presented no evidence that Raquel Terán is not an American citizen in her lawsuit.
What happens now that Phoenix passed an anti-dark-money measure?
Voters in Phoenix overwhelmingly approved a measure to force non-profit entities that spend money to influence city elections to disclose their contributors in an attempt to shine a light on “dark money,” but the measure is in violation of a new state law and the stage is now set for a legal battle.
No lawsuit on early ballot verification, but big gains made
Three out of 15 wouldn’t normally be considered a high rate of success, but it counts for a lot when it’s three counties that make up nearly 78 percent of Arizona’s registered voters.
Federal civil rights observers coming to AZ for Election Day
The U.S. Department of Justice is deploying personnel from its Civil Rights Division to four Arizona counties tomorrow to “monitor for compliance with... federal voting rights laws.”