Ducey appoints Democratic judge to Court of Appeals

Just a week after naming Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court, a selection that critics panned, in part, as excessively partisan, Gov. Doug Ducey appointed a Democrat with a long history in the political arena to the state’s Court of Appeals.

Top GOP lawmaker blames Dem elections chief for slowly informing candidates of new requirement

A top Republican in the Arizona House of Representatives blasted the state’s Democratic elections chief for failing to inform candidates of a new requirement that could invalidate the signatures they collect to qualify for the ballot, though they have until 2020 to comply with the new law.

ICE plans to build ‘hyper realistic’ replica of Arizona to train for urban combat

A poorly redacted document has revealed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is planning to build a “hyper realistic” depiction of a “city in Arizona” so it can better train its officers for “combat” in urban settings.

To beat Trump in 2020, Dems need a candidate who understands political chaos theory

No matter who wins, Trump will accuse that Democrat of being a practicing socialist and, if history can be trusted, will be effective doing so.

Mesa Mayor Giles: Congress should pass universal background checks

Mesa Mayor John Giles said he has spoken to friends, neighbors and strangers – including many conservatives – who he said support universal background checks on gun purchases, particularly after a string of mass shootings last month.

If you support teachers, pay attention to the Corporation Commission

Last week’s spectacle at the Arizona Corporation Commission gave me heartburn.

Ariz. lawmakers in U.S. House split along party lines on gun safety votes

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee committee advanced three gun safety bills on Tuesday, despite unified Republican opposition.

Biggs elected to lead conservative House Freedom Caucus

Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs will take over next month as the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

Grijalva accuses Trump admin of ‘poorly-veiled attempt’ to scrap lands agency

U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva on Tuesday blasted the Trump administration’s plan to disperse the Bureau of Land Management to offices across the West as an attempt to “dismantle” the agency.

There’s plenty of precedent for AZGOP to scrap presidential primary

An incumbent president has never had to stand in Arizona’s presidential preference election, a streak that will remain intact next year after the Arizona Republican Party officially scrapped the 2020 primary to guarantee President Donald Trump is the state’s nominee.
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