Law & Government
U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona law denying bail in sex-assault cases
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has refused to revive a voter-approved Arizona law that would deny bail to suspects in sexual assault cases, after that law was struck down as unconstitutional last year. The high court declined without comment Monday to hear Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s appeal of a 2018 ruling by a divided […]
How prepared is Arizona for the next economic downturn?
Gov. Doug Ducey said in his State of the State address that he wants the state’s rainy day fund to be $1 billion, a figure that comports with recent research showing Arizona is ill prepared for the next recession.
Grijalva: Trump’s shutdown is irrevocably harming public lands
An influential Arizona Democrat is placing the blame for the government shutdown -- and the lasting impacts on public lands and Native American tribes -- squarely on President Trump.
Ducey urges lawmakers to pass drought plan, but farmers have concerns
Gov. Doug Ducey urged lawmakers Tuesday morning in a press conference with leaders from both parties to pass a Drought Contingency Plan before a fast approaching deadline at the end of this month.
AZ Reps. Biggs, Gosar oppose back pay for furloughed fed workers
President Donald Trump repeated a promise Monday that furloughed federal workers will get back pay when the government shutdown ends, but a bill to do just that was opposed by two Republican lawmakers from Arizona.
Ducey school safety plan starts with same problems as before
Gov. Doug Ducey’s call for lawmakers to pass his school safety plan that stalled last year may fall on deaf ears if he can’t alleviate the concerns of both Democrats and Republicans.
Ducey calls for bipartisanship in State of the State, sets stage for schisms with GOP lawmakers
With the GOP facing historically narrow margins in the Legislature, Gov. Doug Ducey kicked off the 2019 legislative session with a call for bipartisanship on key issues like water, K-12 education, school safety and legislative immunity.
DPS director says wall needed for border ‘crisis’
WASHINGTON – Arizona Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said there is an “ongoing crisis” at the border affecting all states, not just Arizona, and he called on Washington to fund a border wall to help stop it. “I think there’s misconceptions about what the wall is,” Milstead said in Washington Friday. “It’s not […]
Ducey eyes anti-recidivism, but not justice reform
Gov. Doug Ducey’s ongoing commitment to reducing Arizona’s prison population by reducing recidivism doesn’t necessarily extend to criminal justice reforms that would result in fewer incarcerations in the first place.
Ducey hopes second time’s a charm for school safety plan
Gov. Doug Ducey is optimistic that his school safety plan, which fell short last year after Republican lawmakers opposed a key provision, will have better luck in 2019.
Billions in federal funds for AZ threatened by potential census undercount
As the D.C. press corps spends the week chasing Trump’s newest shiny objects, a federal court in San Francisco began taking testimony in a suit involving what may be one of the most underreported but nationally significant story of the decade: the once-a-decade U.S. census count. The case was brought by California Attorney General Xavier […]
Sinema joins GOP colleagues in effort to repeal ACA insurance tax
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is joining Republican senators in a bid to permanently ax a piece of President Obama’s signature health care law.