Politics

Justice reform advocates seek to reduce sentencing requirements

A Republican lawmaker and a Quaker social justice organization are taking aim at the strict sentencing laws that Arizona passed during the height of the tough-on-crime era in the early 1990s.The “truth in sentencing...

Thousands turn out for Women’s March in Phoenix to show unity, reject Trump

Several thousand women, men and children turned out Saturday in Phoenix for the Women’s March at the Arizona State Capitol.

Ducey’s budget omits tax conformity issue

The question of what Arizona will do with the new revenue it gets by conforming with the federal income tax code, which is shaping up to be one of the most contentious issues of the 2019 legislative session, is a blank space in Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive budget plan.

Ducey budget plan focuses on education, planning for future recession

Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to spend the bulk of Arizona’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus preparing for the next economic downtown in an effort to avoid the type of budget crisis the state saw...

Ugenti-Rita seeks new limits on early voting

Republican complaints and suspicions about the 2018 election may fuel new restrictions on early voting in Arizona.Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, has sponsored several bills that would address controversies that arose during the 2018...

Bill aims to reduce the amount lobbyists must report spending on lawmakers

One veteran Republican lawmaker only wants lobbyists to have to disclose the price of what it costs to feed elected officials at luncheons and other events, not the actual cost of admission to the event that the lobbyist paid.

He’s back: Shooter seen on Senate floor, says he’s working on water plan

The 2019 legislative session is on its third day and expelled lawmaker Don Shooter couldn’t stay away.

Governor’s 2019 priorities will have #ThingsThatMatter for special interests

Ever play the Chinese fortune cookie game where you add the phrase “in bed” to the end of every fortune? Lately, I’ve been playing that game with Governor Ducey’s hashtags, though I use the phrase “for special interests” instead of the other one.

How prepared is Arizona for the next economic downturn?

Gov. Doug Ducey said in his State of the State address that he wants the state’s rainy day fund to be $1 billion, a figure that comports with recent research showing Arizona is ill prepared for the next recession.

Grijalva: Trump’s shutdown is irrevocably harming public lands

An influential Arizona Democrat is placing the blame for the government shutdown -- and the lasting impacts on public lands and Native American tribes -- squarely on President Trump.