Law & Government

Conservative economist urges Arizona to pass on windfall from tax conformity

An economist from a conservative policy organization that produces model legislation for states is urging Arizona to pass the savings from last year’s federal tax cut legislation on to taxpayers, echoing calls from some Republican state lawmakers who want a lame-duck special session next month.

Maricopa County saved nearly 7,000 ballots through curing policy

Nearly 7,000 voters would have had their early ballots rejected over problems with their signatures if Maricopa County hadn’t initiated a new policy of attempting to “cure” those ballots after Election Day.

When asylum-seekers are turned away at border, migrants are more vulnerable

A report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General in late September pointed to a likely unintended consequence of turning back asylum-seekers at ports of entry, which is happening now in Tijuana.

Sinema, Yee are firsts; but does Arizona’s legislature look like the state?

Arizona’s legislative body will have firsts as well: Jennifer Longdon, a Democrat from District 24, is the first legislator who uses a wheelchair full-time, and Walter Blackman, from District 6, is the state’s first ever black Republican legislator.

Criminal justice reform advocates taking aim at AZ’s “truth-in-sentencing” law

A Quaker organization focused on social justice issues that works toward criminal justice reform plans to make a push during the upcoming legislative session to reduce Arizona’s strict sentencing laws.In 1993, a time when...

Hobbs says she’ll push for transparency as secretary of state

Secretary of state-elect Katie Hobbs said she will push for transparency in campaign finance once she takes office as Arizona’s top elections official.

Arizona is not prepared for the next recession

Pew Charitable Trusts last week issued an analysis that ought to worry the incoming members of the 54th Legislature, which was elected earlier this month and will convene for the first time in January, about the fiscal health of Arizona.

It’s a straight line from the 2011 redistricting fight to Senator Sinema

The road that ended with Kyrsten Sinema winning a seat in the United States Senate began in 2011, as Democrats outmaneuvered Republicans in Arizona’s decennial redistricting process to create the congressional district that served as her stepping stone.

Ducey says tax conformity can wait, but doesn’t close door to special session

Gov. Doug Ducey wouldn’t close the door to a special session this year to conform Arizona’s income tax code the federal code, but said he believes the issue can wait until the legislative session begins in January.

Ducey won’t repudiate election fraud claims

Gov. Doug Ducey said the election is over and the people have spoken, but wouldn’t say whether he believes there was fraud in Arizona’s recently concluded election, a charge that numerous Republicans have made over the past week, though there has been no evidence to support those claims.
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