Politics

Kate Gallego handily wins mayor’s race, council seats headed for runoffs

Kate Gallego will be Phoenix’s next mayor and the second woman elected to the city’s top post, having defeated opponent Daniel Valenzuela by a large margin.

Ousted constable changes voter registration to apply for vacancy

A former Republican constable who lost his re-election last year has switched his voter registration to Democrat so he could apply for a vacancy in his old job.Brandon Schmoll, a two-term constable for Maricopa...

Disappointment, but still some hope for criminal justice reform advocates

An ambitious criminal justice reform agenda with substantial support on both sides of the partisan aisle will have to wait another year, at least, after the Legislature passed a key deadline without hearing a handful of far-reaching bills in their respective committees.

DNA database bill would cost state, cities millions

Proposed legislation that would create a state database from DNA from sexual assault kits using a new form of DNA testing would cost the Arizona Department of Public Safety up to $2.3 million annually...

The data proves the partisan reason for GOP attempts to limit early voting

I’m sure it’s purely coincidental that Republicans are suddenly agitating about needing to protect the integrity of the elections. Surely, they aren’t more concerned about protecting the electoral power they have historically held in Arizona.

Biggs, Gosar among 23 House Republicans to vote against anti-discrimination resolution

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House overwhelmingly adopted an anti-bigotry resolution this week, with 23 Republicans voting against the measure, including two members of Arizona’s congressional delegation.The resolution, whose lead author was Rep. Jamie...

Senate passes “ban the box” legislation

The Arizona Senate passed "ban the box" legislation that would make it easier for people convicted of felonies to get jobs by limiting what prospective employers can ask about their criminal histories.Sen. Martin Quezada’s...

How to manufacture a humanitarian catastrophe

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen this week, as The New York Times put it, “implored Congress to confront” what she called a growing humanitarian catastrophe on the U.S.-Mexico border.Under normal circumstances and...

Anti-vaxxer bill could cost AHCCCS providers up to $23 million per year

When it comes to proposed legislation that would require doctors to provide parents with voluminous amounts of information about the vaccines offered to their children, legislative budget analysts say time is money.An analysis performed...

Documents show extent of sexual abuse reports in migrant youth shelters

Federal government documents released last week by a Florida Congressman detailed the scope of sexual abuse allegations reported at shelters that hold migrant minors.These shelters contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human...
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