Politics

Instead of reforming charters, Ducey wants to reward bad actors

Instead of holding bad actors accountable, the governor is proposing large bonuses that will help some of the very schools who took advantage of lax regulations and filled their executives’ pockets with millions in taxpayer-funded largesse.

Arizona pro-life movement cautious in 2019, unlike in other states

While pro-life lawmakers in other states are swinging for the fences with hopes of capitalizing on the new conservative makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion foes in Arizona have been uncharacteristically quiet in...

Fann removes key roadblock to sex offender registration bill

House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ bill to allow some people to petition to stop registering as a sex offender is back on track after his counterpart in the Senate gave it a chance to pass a key legislastive roadblock.

The 2019 legislative session that wasn’t

The legislative session is winding down, and — yet again — the needs of our children and our citizens have been neglected. I had hoped, given the results of the 2018 elections, that there...

Legally sanctioned homophobia still a mainstay of Arizona law

The long overdue repeal of the “no promo homo” law was the right thing to do. But the struggle to grant equal rights to Arizona’s LGBTQ community is far from over.

Betsy DeVos’ family boosts McSally’s 2020 campaign with $22K in contributions in 2019

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ family members spent $22,400 so far this year to help fund Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally’s re-election prospects, according to federal campaign finance data released this week.

The sound of silence on Ducey’s school safety plan

Note: This story has been updated to include additional comments from the Governor’s OfficeGov. Doug Ducey insists that he hasn’t abandoned the school safety plan that lawmakers rejected in 2018 and that he still...

AG Barr defends Trump, but Dems demand to hear directly from Mueller

Attorney General William Barr offered a robust defense of President Trump Thursday morning ahead of the highly anticipated public release of a redacted report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Ducey pledges aid to Yuma to handle influx of migrants

Gov. Doug Ducey said he’ll provide whatever state assistance he can to Yuma after Mayor Douglas Nicholls declared an emergency over an influx of migrants in the border city.

As a public health crisis looms, anti-government beliefs fuel counterproductive vaccination policies

The dramatic uptick in unvaccinated students in Arizona is what the beginning of a public health crisis looks like. Unfortunately, it’s entirely unclear what policymakers will do about it.