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Lawmakers mull a solution to the school spending cap, amid urgent calls to act

BY: - January 26, 2023

As schools across the state face down an impending fiscal cliff, lawmakers met on Thursday to discuss what their options are — despite the fact that legislation to address the issue has been ready to go since the session started.  The financial dilemma is caused by school funding in the state exceeding, for the second […]

Kari Lake wants an appellate court to consider new evidence, something they don’t do

BY: - January 26, 2023

While most of the world has moved past last year’s general election, with the state legislature and Gov. Katie Hobbs already working on bills and budgets, failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is still stuck in November 2022.  The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down Lake’s second request for the high court to take up […]

Border event with lawmakers to feature speakers connected to QAnon, hate group

BY: - January 26, 2023

An event dubbed “Border 911” that will take place Saturday and feature at least one Arizona lawmaker will also feature QAnon connected speakers as well as some connected to hate groups.  The event is being put on by The America Project, a 501(c)(4) created by former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne and disgraced former General Michael […]

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GOP proposal would make a fentanyl overdose first-degree murder in Arizona

BY: - January 26, 2023

Fentanyl dealers linked to an overdose death could face the death penalty under a Republican proposal that critics say will also sweep up drug addicts and send them to death row.  The legislation from Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, would expand the state’s first-degree murder statutes to include deaths by fentanyl if the drug is able […]

Navajo Nation Council sets historic leadership with first woman speaker

BY: - January 26, 2023

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Evolution is happening within the Navajo Nation government. Historically, many leadership positions, including Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council have been held by men. Crystalyne Curley is changing that path. On Monday, the Navajo Nation 25th Council voted to make Curley the first woman to hold the speaker position in the […]

Cochise County’s elections director resigns after protecting midterm ballots from Republican officials

BY: - January 26, 2023

During last fall’s fights in Cochise County over hand-counting ballots and rejecting the election results, county residents say they were glad there was one person standing up to defend elections. Elections Director Lisa Marra repeatedly explained — to the supervisors, to reporters, and, finally, to a judge — that she would not break the law […]

Republican election bills based on conspiracy theories, political grudges, advance

BY: - January 26, 2023

Fueled by election conspiracy theories and axes to grind against political opponents, Republican legislators gave initial approval to a slate of bills on Wednesday that served as veiled rebukes against the 2022 midterm elections and the officials who oversaw them.  Democrats and Republicans clashed over the insinuation that Gov. Katie Hobbs, who served as Secretary […]

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Resolution would make passing constitutional amendments more difficult

BY: - January 25, 2023

A GOP lawmaker wants voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to make it harder for voters in the Grand Canyon State to ever amend the Constitution again, an idea that critics say would erode Arizonans’ rights to direct democracy.  The resolution would ask voters to increase the approval rate needed to pass constitutional amendments to […]

Amid substation attacks, GOP bill would enhance penalties for damaging utility infrastructure

BY: - January 25, 2023

In the wake of attacks on substations across the nation, a bill at the Arizona legislature would increase penalties for those who damage utility infrastructure or trespass on utility property in an attempt to create a “deterrent” for similar attacks.  “It is becoming a problem, and we want to get everybody’s attention,” Rep. Gail Griffin, […]

‘Negligent in every way’: AZGOP spent $530K on a bus tour and party

BY: - January 25, 2023

Hundreds of red, white and blue balloons were suspended over the massive ballroom inside the swanky Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in the early morning hours of Nov. 9.  But rather than fall onto a joyous crowd of Republicans cheering on their candidates in the midst of a “red tsunami” sweeping GOP candidates to victory […]

Biden, Democrats to U.S. House Republicans: Show us your debt limit plan

BY: - January 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders huddled with President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday, ahead of what will be a tumultuous few months, with lawmakers sharply divided on the debt limit and short on time.  “I have no intention of letting the Republicans wreck our economy, nor does anybody around this table,” Biden said […]

GOP bill would allow school boards to throw out superintendents whose districts have failing schools

BY: - January 24, 2023

School boards would have broader power to fire superintendents they believe are failing to meet the job’s responsibilities, under a new proposal that critics say could put board members at odds with the person they hired to run the districts — to the detriment of the schools they oversee.  Currently, state law limits superintendents to […]