Law & Government

Frustrated lawmakers grill state health agency director over failure to investigate abuse in care facilities

BY: - June 17, 2022

In a nearly three-hour long meeting, lawmakers grilled the head of the Arizona Department of Health Services over a damning report by state auditors detailing how the department has failed for years to investigate high-priority complaints of abuse and neglect in long-term care facilities.  Lawmakers were visibly frustrated at times as they pressed Don Herrington, […]

COMMENTARY

Trump is a domestic enemy. Treat him like one.

BY: - June 16, 2022

The hearings of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection have already provided conclusive evidence that the effort to overturn the 2020 election was a conspiracy directed by a corrupt sitting president who knew the effort was based on lies and encouraged violence in pursuit of power. The damning testimony before the committee and […]

ESA school vouchers press conference

GOP plan to expand school vouchers to all 1.1 million students advances, but appears doomed

BY: - June 15, 2022

A proposal to let all 1.1 million Arizona students get taxpayer dollars to attend private school cleared a state legislative committee on Wednesday with Republican support, but it won’t have the votes needed to win approval in the full House of Representatives. And even if GOP leaders are able to wrangle the votes needed, public […]

Arizona Senate Republicans want to outlaw kids at drag shows

BY: and - June 14, 2022

Arizona State Senate Republican leaders announced Tuesday that they want to make it illegal for anyone under 18 to attend drag shows in Arizona, though the actual details of what will be proposed are a “work in progress,” the measure’s likely sponsor said. “In a civil society, you don’t bring your children up like that,” […]

Ron Watkins files an ethics complaint against Wendy Rogers, alleging she put his life in danger

BY: - June 13, 2022

Ron Watkins, the man purported to be an architect of the QAnon conspiracy theory, filed an ethics complaint against Republican state Sen. Wendy Rogers for a post she made about him on social media. Watkins’ complaint stems from a February post by Rogers on Telegram, an encrypted messaging app favored by conservatives, in which she […]

5 things we learned about Jan. 6 and Trump from the first hearing

BY: - June 12, 2022

The opening U.S. House hearing in a series on the Jan. 6 attack included some eye-opening new details about the events of the day and the broader plot to halt the peaceful transfer of presidential power. The nine-member investigative committee put former President Donald Trump at the center of the plot, while accusing leaders of two […]

U.S. House passes ‘red flag’ gun control bill from Georgia Rep. McBath

BY: and - June 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a “red flag” gun control bill that would allow federal courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is adjudged to pose a threat to themselves or others. In a 224-202 nearly party line vote, the House passed Georgia Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath’s bill, known […]

Hudbay wins latest court battle over the Rosemont Mine as heavy equipment continues to roll in the Santa Rita Mountains

BY: - June 1, 2022

The same judge who put the skids on the Rosemont Mine project in 2019 has dismissed a pair of lawsuits attempting to halt mining activities in the Santa Rita Mountains filed by several environmental groups and three southern Arizona tribes. On May 23, U.S. District Court Judge James A. Soto denied the groups’ request for […]

GOP ban on ‘critical race theory’ in AZ schools poised to fall 1 vote short

BY: - May 31, 2022

A Republican bill to ban so-called “critical race theory” does not have enough votes to proceed.  Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, told the Arizona Mirror he will vote against it if it reaches the Senate floor because he was against a last-minute amendment in the House.  “I’ve told them since last year on the K-12 side […]

COMMENTARY

Patients over profits: Arizona must act on medical billing reform

BY: - May 31, 2022

Health care is a critical aspect of life for Americans and Arizonans alike. For physicians like myself, it is not only our livelihood — it is our passion and our life’s purpose. The need for health care unites us all, and COVID-19 brought the necessity of a quality health care system into sharp focus.  One […]

Navajo Nation to receive $220M for water infrastructure in Utah water rights settlement

BY: - May 31, 2022

For years, Navajo people living on the Utah portion of the Navajo Nation have gone without running water or adequate sanitation facilities. But, that’s about to change after the historic signing of the Navajo Utah Water Rights Settlement Act, which will provide the Navajo Nation government with Utah water rights access and federal funding for […]

In Arizona, you can be forced to sell your condo

BY: - May 31, 2022

Jie Cao and Haining Xia fell in love with the United States and, upon moving stateside from China in the 80s, they decided to settle down in a place with wide open blue skies that epitomized the freedom of the American way.  “I was so impressed with this land,” Cao, who got her law degree […]