Politics

AZ Democrats want DHS to do more to aid in humanitarian response to migrant families

Arizona’s House Democratic delegation on Monday asked for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s top leader to appoint a federal crisis coordinator to support the largely non-governmental network helping migrant families released by border and immigration officials.

Vaping bill held from House debate

A bill that would exempt vapor products from local regulations while raising the age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 was pulled from discussion in the Arizona House of Representatives on Monday.

2020 marijuana legalization effort prepping for launch

A campaign committee, Smart and Safe Arizona, was formed in March. It has already reported bringing in a $100,000 contribution from a Tempe-based medical marijuana company.

Special interests take note: There’s still time to curry legislative favor

I’m curious to see if the money that the vaping industry pumped into electing legislative Republicans last year will earn its proposal the support of enough Republicans to become law.

AZ Dems ‘not afraid’ to pursue impeachment

Some Arizona Democrats see it as a real possibility that President Donald Trump will face impeachment proceedings in the U.S. House.

Poll: Arizonans want dual-language instruction, support repeal of English-only standards

About 67 percent of respondents agree with the dual-language immersion approach to teaching English to students who don’t already speak it, while 24 percent said they would keep the current Structured English Immersion standard.

Amid refugee crisis, volunteers show what truly makes America great

There’s an army of angels in communities across the Southwest who are doing what they can to welcome the newest strangers to our strange land.

Ethics Committee dismisses complaint against Kern

The House Ethics Committee dismissed a complaint against Rep. Anthony Kern, concluding that his stint as a volunteer deputy with the Tombstone Marshal’s Office didn’t violate a provision of the Arizona Constitution barring legislators from employment with other government entities because he was unpaid.

Billboard slams Sinema as ‘corrupt’ on net neutrality

The billboard was paid for by Fight for the Future, a dark money group that focuses on issues related to the internet and internet freedom.

Dems fire first salvo in 2021 redistricting fight

The makeup of the commission, especially the lack of partisan balance, may come back to haunt Democrats in 2021 when it selects nominees for the next Independent Redistricting Commission.