Law & Government

Conformity fight presents #RedforEd with a big opportunity

The 2019 legislative session kicks off in less than two weeks, and the most urgent matter on legislators’ plates is also likely to be the most explosive.

ABOR tries to rein in university development

The Arizona Board of Regents recently adopted new rules that aim to reign in real estate deals done by universities, just as Arizona State University has begun to move forward on several big projects.

Maricopa County files racketeering suit against opioid manufacturers

Maricopa County has joined the ranks of government entities that are taking opioid manufacturers and distributors to court over the epidemic that is raging across the country, claiming in a new racketeering lawsuit that the crisis is the direct result of intentional disinformation and other irresponsible actions by the companies that make and sell the drugs.

Bills targeting political speech by teachers could violate First Amendment

Bills seeking to ban all political speech by teachers could run afoul of the First Amendment, critics say.

Anti-tax titan Grover Norquist joins Mesnard in opposition to Ducey on tax conformity

As Gov. Doug Ducey plans to use revenue from a proposed reform of Arizona’s income tax code to bolster the state’s rainy day fund, House Speaker J.D. Mesnard is publicly urging him to use the money for tax cuts, and he’s getting some help from a prominent figure in the conservative movement.

Trump’s presidency is ‘the line beyond which’ we will not go

No matter how woke I thought I was, the 2016 election was a life-altering sucker punch I never saw coming. Like most Americans, I didn’t appreciate how fragile freedom could be.

Records suggest MCSO didn’t fully investigate child abuse claims at migrant shelter

Public records released to the Arizona Mirror shed light into the three reports of child abuse that led the federal government to shut down a shelter for migrant minors in Youngtown in September.The reports...

ACLU of Arizona sues ICE, DHS for records on immigration call center

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is suing for records on an immigration call center local law enforcement officers use to check the immigration status of the people they encounter.

Ducey wants tax conformity money for rainy day fund

Gov. Doug Ducey wants to use the extra revenue Arizona would get this year by conforming with last year’s federal tax reform law to shore up the state’s rainy day fund, setting up a fight with GOP lawmakers.

Some justice reform advocates pan federal First Step Act

The First Step Act, a federal justice reform proposal that was approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives, has made for some strange bedfellows and was passed with bipartisan support, but not everyone in the criminal justice reform movement is on board.