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Our generation must end the gun violence epidemic

BY: and - June 4, 2021

We are 20- and 21-year old college students at Arizona State University. Today, on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we reflect on our time growing up in the midst of the gun-violence epidemic, an epidemic in which an average of 100 lives will be lost each day

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The GOP agenda: Reward the wealthy and defund the police

BY: - May 19, 2021

Remember when Republicans were up in arms over the “defund the police” movement?

Federal background checks on ammunition sales pushed by Democrats

BY: - April 21, 2021

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Tuesday reintroduced legislation that would require instant background checks to prevent individuals with a criminal record from illegally purchasing ammunition.

Ducey signs ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ bill

BY: - April 6, 2021

Volunteers delivered nearly 2,500 signatures in the past week to Gov. Doug Ducey, urging him to veto a bill that would make Arizona a “Second Amendment sanctuary” and bar law enforcement agencies in the Grand Canyon State from enforcing federal gun control measures. 

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Ducey signs bill recognizing validity of consular ID cards

BY: - March 5, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that would end a ban on state agencies and local governments recognizing the validity of consular identification cards. In a press statement on Friday, Ducey said Senate Bill 1420 “enhances public safety by offering a secure, reliable form of identification to be accepted in Arizona.” SB1420 and its mirror […]

Legislative committee hopes to curb Ducey’s emergency powers

BY: - October 14, 2020

GOP lawmakers who have chafed under fellow Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s use of his emergency powers to combat the COVID-19 outbreak will convene an ad hoc committee tasked with examining that authority and proposing possible limitations to it. But any legislation the committee proposes will need the support of the same governor whose powers it […]

Gun control group to spend $5 million on Arizona races in 2020

BY: - May 12, 2020

Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety announced Tuesday that it will be spending $5 million in Arizona to try to back Democrats up and down Arizona’s ballot, with a focus on the U.S. Senate race and winning control of the state legislature for the first time in nearly 60 years. 

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McSally to Ariz. cities: The cavalry isn’t coming to help you

BY: - May 7, 2020

Martha McSally has the solution for Arizona cities that have seen a gaping hole blown in their budgets because of the coronavirus pandemic: Sit tight and hope that the federal government loosens the strings on a too-small pot of money that you can’t access.

Court lets Yuma police, fire departments know all COVID-19 cases in county

BY: - April 7, 2020

A Yuma County judge last week ordered that county’s director of public health to provide the Yuma Police and Fire departments the names and addresses of all people in the county who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those with pending test results. 

Ice cream licking leads to legislation some say isn’t needed

BY: - March 13, 2020

A viral social media trend last summer — people posting images of themselves opening and licking ice cream before putting it back on the shelf — did not sit well with state Rep. T.J. Shope. The Republican from Coolidge has introduced a bill that makes such an action a crime, punishable with up to six […]

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Bill that would hold gun-free zones legally liable fails in Senate 

BY: - March 5, 2020

State law bars people from carrying guns in most government buildings, but a bill that would have allowed people to sue the government for damages if a shooting occurred in a “gun-free zone” failed to pass in the Arizona Senate Thursday. Senate Bill 1664, sponsored by Sen. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, imposes civil liability on […]

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Tempe police chief on the defensive at first ever community issues meeting

BY: - March 3, 2020

A year after the controversial police shooting of 14-year-old Antonio Arce and just weeks after prosecutors declined to charge the officer involved, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir was on the defensive during a first-ever community meeting in the City of Tempe.