Politics

Rep. Cook was arrested, charged for 2003 roadside brawl with brother

A police report obtained by the Arizona Mirror details a fight between Globe Republican Rep. David Cook and his brother that led to misdemeanor charges in 2003.

Conformity fight presents #RedforEd with a big opportunity

The 2019 legislative session kicks off in less than two weeks, and the most urgent matter on legislators’ plates is also likely to be the most explosive.

ABOR tries to rein in university development

The Arizona Board of Regents recently adopted new rules that aim to reign in real estate deals done by universities, just as Arizona State University has begun to move forward on several big projects.

Bills targeting political speech by teachers could violate First Amendment

Bills seeking to ban all political speech by teachers could run afoul of the First Amendment, critics say.

Anti-tax titan Grover Norquist joins Mesnard in opposition to Ducey on tax conformity

As Gov. Doug Ducey plans to use revenue from a proposed reform of Arizona’s income tax code to bolster the state’s rainy day fund, House Speaker J.D. Mesnard is publicly urging him to use the money for tax cuts, and he’s getting some help from a prominent figure in the conservative movement.

Trump’s presidency is ‘the line beyond which’ we will not go

No matter how woke I thought I was, the 2016 election was a life-altering sucker punch I never saw coming. Like most Americans, I didn’t appreciate how fragile freedom could be.

Flake to introduce carbon tax legislation to address climate change: report

Not content with bucking the Republican Party for its support of Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake will introduce carbon tax legislation, The Hill reported today.Although there is broad consensus in the scientific...

AZ Dems need to stop supporting regressive taxes and fees

Not all taxes are created equal, and Democrats need to stop putting their stamp of approval on ones that harm Arizona’s most vulnerable residents.

Ethics probe clears Grijalva for $48k settlement with staffer

The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee cleared Tucson Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva of wrongdoing for paying $48,000 in a settlement to a former staffer in 2015.

New vehicle registration fee hurts the poor, needs accountability, critics say

The new public safety fee all Arizona vehicle-owners will face next year to fund the Arizona Department of Public Safety will hurt Arizona’s poor disproportionately, said Tomas Robles, co-executive director of Living United for Change Arizona, an advocacy nonprofit for working families.