Politics

Developmental disability providers say they need more money than Ducey is offering

Advocates for organizations that provide services to Arizonans with developmental disabilities say they need more money to compensate for increases in the state’s minimum wage than what Gov. Doug Ducey has in his budget plan.

Bill would allow new higher-ed tuition rates for dreamers

Legislation that would allow public universities and community colleges to set a new tuition rate for every student who graduates from an Arizona high, regardless of immigration status, is ready to be considered by the full Senate.

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. Why do some legislators want it to be harder to vote?

It’s Election Day, and all over the country, people are casting their ballots, based on a principle as simple as it is radical: no matter who you are or where you live, if you’re eligible, you have the right to vote.

Brophy McGee narrows inspection requirement on Southwest Key oversight bill

A Senate bill to expand state oversight of facilities like Southwest Key that house migrant children in Arizona won’t go as far as originally intended, some advocates said. With the recent controversies surrounding migrant youth...

Bowers still wants hearing on water bill that may derail drought plan

House Speaker Rusty Bowers plans to continue to move forward with water legislation despite threats by the Gila River Indian Community to leave a seven-state drought plan if that legislation because of it.If the...

Moms Demand Action rally behind bill to bar domestic abusers from owning guns

Instead of arriving at their Phoenix home with a gift, he brought a gun and left her dead on the street.

With GOP backing, bill to reduce what lobbyists report spending on lawmakers passes House

A bill that would let lobbyists disclose only the price of what it costs to feed elected officials at luncheons and other events and not the actual cost paid for their admission to the event has been approved by the House of Representatives and is one step closer to becoming law.

Sentencing-reduction bill moves forward as advocates push for broader reforms

Criminal justice reform advocates hailed a bill to reduce sentencing requirements drug possession as a step in the right direction while urging the sponsor to expand it to include more people.

Poll: Climate change a serious issue for three-fourths of Arizonans, majority of Republicans

Nearly three-in-four Arizona voters believe climate change is a serious problem, including a strong majority of Republicans, according to a new statewide poll of environmental issues.

Republicans can’t straddle the wall much longer

There’s a wall in our politics right now, both symbolic and literal, and it threatens to divide America in ways we haven’t seen in more than a century.