Law & Government

Who are the ‘forgotten students’ Betsy DeVos claims she wants to help?

A recent op-ed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had me questioning whether or not I was reading an article meant for the satirical news site The Onion.

Following deadly flood, lawmakers seek Tonto Creek bridge funding

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to get the state to pay for a bridge over Tonto Creek in eastern Arizona, where three young children drowned last month after their car was submerged trying to cross the creek in a flood.

‘We can help ourselves:’ Native women come together to confront high rates of maternal mortality

As the sun begins to set on a blustery fall day, the rugged buttes of Navajoland glow red in the soft light and swift gusts spiral dust through the air.

ICE whistleblower alleges systemic inadequate medical care and oversight: report

A whistleblower working for Immigration and Customs Enforcement has alleged the agency “systematically provided inadequate medical and mental health care and oversight” to children and adults in immigration detention centers, Buzzfeed News reported last week. 

Top Maricopa County prosecutor open to justice reform, but noncommittal on specifics

As the top prosecutor for nearly two-thirds of the state, newly appointed Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has a lot of power to make unilateral changes that could lower Arizona’s massive incarceration rate 

To ease teacher shortage, pilot program in Tucson offers free tuition, $1,000 a month

The University of Arizona and a neighboring school district are working on a pilot program aimed at filling a teacher shortage to “grow” Tucson residents into teachers, offering free tuition and paying them $1,000 monthly stipends.

Video shows dead birds, ‘extreme confinement’ at Hickman’s egg farm, activists say

A video shot by an animal rights group inside a Hickman’s Egg Ranch facility in the West Valley and shared with Arizona Mirror shows dead birds, others with open sores and overcrowded cages. 

Owner of border wall construction firm gave to McSally, other AZ Republicans in 2018

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Defense will investigate a $400 million contract to construct a border wall in Arizona that was given to a North Dakota company whose owner gave Arizona Sen. Martha McSally’s 2018 campaign the maximum allowed under the law.

U.S. House Judiciary Committee approves impeachment articles

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Friday morning along party lines, setting up a likely vote next week in the full House. 

Tax credit review panel will meet, but after legal deadline to do so

Earlier today, I wrote about the possibility – nay, the likelihood – that a dormant panel charged with reviewing tax credits might actually meet in 2019 and fulfill its statutory duties. It turns out I was partially correct.
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