Law & Government

Kate Gallego sworn in as Phoenix’s mayor

Phoenix officially has a new mayor. Mayor Kate Gallego took the oath of office Thursday morning at the Orpheum Theatre in the city’s downtown.

Stringer won’t release document to Ethics Committee, attorney says

An attorney for Rep. David Stringer said he won’t release a document that the House Ethics Committee has subpoenad as part of its probe into sex crimes charges he faced in Maryland in 1983.

As migrant family crisis strains volunteer network, no help to be found from Ducey or City of Phoenix

Nonprofits and church leaders overwhelmed by the daily release from federal custody of hundreds of migrant families have for weeks asked for local and state leaders to assist and support what they say is a humanitarian crisis. However, neither Gov. Doug Ducey’s office or City of Phoenix leaders have offered a plan to assist. Two Phoenix councilmembers punted the issue back to the federal government.

Ethics committee won’t keep Stringer documents secret

The House Ethics Committee on Wednesday rejected a request from embattled Rep. David Stringer to keep sensitive documents secret as it investigates sex crime charges he faced in Maryland in the early 1980s.

Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime, while authorities determine their deportation status.

Pentagon could divert $30 million Fort Huachuca project to border wall

The Pentagon has identified $150 million for military construction projects in Arizona that could be tapped to fund a border wall, with a $30 million project at Fort Huachuca the likeliest target in the state.

Judiciary committee chairman kills ‘ban the box’ bill

Rep. John Allen, R-Phoenix, said he doesn’t believe Senate Bill 1437 is constitutional and predicted the courts would strike it down if it were to pass. He questioned what authority the state has to tell private sector employers that they can’t inquire about criminal records.

Department of Revenue says digital taxation bill will cost Arizona millions

The Arizona Department of Revenue determined that legislation to exempt certain digital goods and services from sales taxes could cost the state at least $33 million in 2020, an analysis that could help the bill’s opponents keep it from moving forward in the Senate.

Republicans boast about K-12 funding, but the numbers put the lie to their claims

Some legislative Republicans are slapping themselves on the back hard enough to give each other injuries as they crow about the great state of K-12 funding.

White supremacists call Rep. Stringer ‘our guy’ in leaked chat logs

Chat logs from the white supremacist group Identity Ervopa released by the nonprofit news organization Unicorn Riot show support for racist comments made by Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, last year.
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