Law & Government

Court: Constitutional change needed to allow e-signing of initiative petitions

Arizona voters are allowed to electronically sign petitions to get their favored candidates on the ballot, but the Arizona Supreme Court said Friday that the only way for voters to do the same for proposed ballot measures is to change the state constitution.

Ducey illegally ruling by ‘executive fiat’ to fight COVID-19, AG argues

Gov. Doug Ducey is unconstitutionally shutting down bars and ignoring other state laws through “executive fiat” during the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued Friday in a court filing.

Justices strike down enhanced sentencing law for gang ties

Judges and prosecutors cannot impose harsher sentences on gang members who threaten others unless there’s a connection between the crime and the defendant’s membership in a gang, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled.

Vaccine mandates vs. religious beliefs – the upcoming COVID-19 lawsuits

The longer COVID-19 rages on, the more the United States appears to be hanging its hopes on the development and rapid, mass distribution of a vaccine.

New group aims to create citizen oversight board for corrections system

A new organization hopes to convince the legislature and governor to create a citizen oversight board for the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry.

Arizona National Guard troops deploying to Jacob Blake protests in Wisconsin

Arizona is sending National Guard troops to Wisconsin to help restore order after several nights of protests, riots and shootings that left two protesters dead following the shooting of a Black man by a police officer in the city of Kenosha.

Businesses in Maricopa, Pima counties OK’d for partial reopening

The spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa and Pima counties has slowed to the point where bars, gyms and movie theaters that have been closed by gubernatorial order can partially reopen, while K-12 schools are closer than ever to meeting the recommended guidelines to resume full in-person instruction.

What we know about the National Guard plane that surveilled protests

The Arizona National Guard flew a surveillance aircraft over Black Lives Matter protests in June to assist the Phoenix Police Department, and a newly released Air Force inspector general’s report details some more information on the aircraft’s history and capabilities. 

‘Extremely frustrating’ mail delays for prescriptions hit veterans, rural areas

Jan Stowe, a Vietnam War veteran from Traverse City, Mich., says she was unable to move her head and neck for several days last month after going without medication to treat extreme muscle spasms.

House Democrats pummel postmaster over sharp declines in on-time mail delivery

WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy came under heavy fire Monday for withholding key information about delays in the delivery of mail since he took over the Postal Service just two months ago.
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