Politics

Trump’s tariff threat: a dumb way to extort Mexico and violate its sovereignty

Ducey knows the president’s tariff threat is wrong, but he’s not willing to stand up for the people of Arizona, even if Trump’s plan could cost us thousands of jobs, because he’d rather curry favor with Trump than protect the economic prosperity of Arizona and Mexico.

God killed Ed Pastor because he supported light rail, claims light rail opponent

A South Phoenix business owner opposed to the light rail extension in her neighborhood claimed God killed former U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor in a flyer she shared with Phoenix City Council last week.

There is still so much to do for Arizona’s students, despite 2019 gains

While Arizona’s spending on education is growing faster than the national average, we’ve been too far behind for too long, and this year’s reinvestment doesn’t do much to make up the gap.

Study: AZ likely to suffer worst Census undercount, lose congressional seat, if citizenship question added

A new estimate shows Arizona’s total population could see an undercount of nearly 5% if a controversial citizenship question is added to the 2020 Census – and potentially miss out on adding a congressional seat and Electoral College vote.

Trump EPA failing at its mission, former agency bosses tell Congress

Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blasted the Trump administration’s management of the agency on Tuesday, saying the administration runs the risk of harming the environment and public health for years to come.

Top prosecutors in Maricopa, Pima counties lobbied Ducey for veto on ‘repeat offender’ bill

The top prosecutors in Arizona’s two most populous counties urged Gov. Doug Ducey to veto a criminal justice reform bill limiting who can be considered a repeat offender, even though an organization representing all 15 of the state’s county attorneys took a neutral position on the legislation.

New Phoenix council members ‘unapologetic’ about who they are

When Betty Guardado and Carlos Garcia, Phoenix’s newest councilmembers, raised their right hands to take the oath of office on June 6, her left hand rested on a Bible and his on a landmark Chicano history book.

Rejection of per diem increase follows the ideals of the 27th Amendment

One might say that Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision Friday to veto legislation that would have granted an immediate and substantial increase in the pay that lawmakers receive was inspired by the constitutional amendment with the oddest history.

Ducey signs new citizen initiative restrictions

Getting citizen initiatives on the ballot will likely get harder next year after Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill imposing new restrictions on the process.

Ducey vetoes ‘repeat offender’ bill, but signs measure to ease sentences for some drug offenders

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation loosening sentencing requirements for drug possession but vetoed a bill that would have barred prosecutors from designating people who have never been convicted of a crime as repeat offenders, dealing a final blow to a criminal justice reform movement that saw its high hopes for the 2019 legislative session dashed repeatedly.