Law & Government

Supreme Court unanimously strikes down mask mandate, ‘critical race theory’ bans

BY: - November 2, 2021

The Arizona Supreme Court found that several provisions of the 2022 budget, including a controversial ban on face mask mandates in K-12 schools, violate a provision of the state constitution requiring individual bills to encompass a single subject.  The ruling will likely bring about a seismic shift in the way lawmakers craft future budgets.  Less […]

Karen Fann will retire from the legislature after 2022

BY: - November 1, 2021

On the heels of the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County that elevated her to a level of prominence rarely seen among state legislators, Senate President Karen Fann will retire after next year rather than seek another term in the legislature. “It has been a privilege to advocate on behalf of Arizona […]

QAnon

GOP legislators spoke at a QAnon convention chock full of conspiracies and hate

BY: - October 28, 2021

Four Republican members of Arizona’s state legislature attended a QAnon convention in Las Vegas over the weekend that included speakers from the fringe of the conspiracy world as well as antisemitic imagery.  One of the legislators, Rep. Leo Biasiucci of Lake Havasu City, bragged to the attendees of Patriot Double Down that he stood strong […]

Broader tribal sovereignty at stake in federal Indian Child Welfare Act case

BY: - October 26, 2021

A federal law to protect Native families from being separated is on a likely path to the Supreme Court where the 41-year-old law could be upended, threatening tribal sovereignty. And while child welfare is the specific issue at the heart of the case, tribal advocates fear the real goal of the deep-pocketed effort to overturn […]

Tucson will terminate employees who don’t get a COVID-19 vaccine by December

BY: - October 20, 2021

In a 4-3 vote, the Tucson City Council said Tuesday that city employees who are not vaccinated by Dec. 1 will face termination. City Manager Michael Ortega recommended the move in a memo to the mayor and council, telling them that around 300 city employees had “chosen to be in non-compliance” with the city’s vaccination […]

Early ballot envelopes look a little different for current AZ elections

BY: - October 15, 2021

When voters receive mailed ballots for people who don’t live at their address, they can now check a box on the envelope to inform election officials.  The current bond and override elections in school districts across the state are the first in which counties are required to include the box on ballot envelopes. The legislature […]

Rally to bring attention to Murdered and Missing Indigenous people

Reported missing, but attention still absent

BY: - October 15, 2021

Mary Margret Begay from Grand Canyon, Arizona, has been missing since Aug. 2, 1957. Paul Benally from Winslow, has been missing since May 1, 1972. Gloria Ann Talley went missing out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on June 19, 1986 and hasn’t been heard from since. These are just a few of the forgotten missing that […]

Corporation Commission

Lawmaker takes aim at Corp Comm policy on campaign contributions by utilities

BY: - October 11, 2021

Legislative attorneys believe a Corporation Commission policy intended to restrict campaign contributions by regulated utilities violates the Arizona Constitution, and the lawmaker who requested that opinion is hoping it will persuade the commission to change course for next year’s election. Sen. Rick Gray, R-Sun City, asked Legislative Council to review the commission’s 2019 code of […]

Maricopa County ‘audit’ response slams claims as false and misleading

BY: - October 7, 2021

The findings of the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election regarding voters allegedly casting ballots from the wrong address, deleted files, improper internet connections and improperly verified early ballot envelopes are false or misleading, according to a rebuttal that Maricopa County issued. Throughout their more than three hours of testimony in the Arizona Senate, the […]

COMMENTARY

Communities are struggling after Navajo Generating Station closed down. The Corporation Commission must act now.

BY: and - October 1, 2021

For the better part of the past half century, coal was an undeniable part of life in northern Arizona. Whether you’re from the Navajo Nation, one of the Hopi villages or Page, chances are you know someone connected to either Navajo Generating Station or the massive coal mine on Black Mesa that supplied its fuel. […]

COMMENTARY

Republicans are the clowns in the debt ceiling circus. The act isn’t funny.

BY: - September 29, 2021

It’s way past political cliché, but that old “Popeye” comic strip where J. Wellington Wimpy promises to pay a short-order cook tomorrow for a hamburger he plans to eat today, is still the best way to describe Republican intransigence this week over a vote to extend the nation’s debt ceiling that’s soared past cartoonish farce. […]

Education advocates file signatures to force vote on Ducey’s tax cuts in 2022

BY: - September 28, 2021

Education advocacy groups on Tuesday filed hundreds of thousands of signatures to block Gov. Doug Ducey’s sweeping income tax cuts, the largest in state history, from going into effect and forcing a public vote on them.  For that to actually happen, at least 118,823 of the 215,787 signatures the Invest in Arizona coalition submitted on […]