Reports: Supreme Court Justice Breyer to step down

BY: , and - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to announce his retirement in the coming days, according to multiple press reports Wednesday. The decision by the 83-year-old justice, who was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1994, would give President Joe Biden his first chance to nominate a member of the Supreme Court, […]

Republicans advance bill banning descriptions of sex, homosexuality in Arizona schools

BY: - January 26, 2022

Republicans on Tuesday backed a bill that would ban books like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “1984” and “The Great Gatsby” from Arizona schools because they contain frank descriptions of sex and sexuality, and that critics say would effectively make it illegal to teach about homosexuality. The legislation bans schools from teaching or […]

Court says inmate can sue over confiscation of music, religious texts

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court said Monday that an Arizona inmate’s lawsuit can proceed against corrections officials who confiscated his hip-hop CDs and Nation of Islam books as banned materials. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a district court ruling that had tossed out Edward […]

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier […]

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Move to limit gubernatorial emergency powers, sparked by COVID-19, advances

BY: - January 25, 2022

New legislation that limits the power of future Arizona governors to declare a public health emergency has passed the Senate Government Committee with a slim margin and now awaits debate by the full Senate.  Senate Bill 1009 caps a governor’s state of emergency proclamation for reasons of public health to 120 days, and only 30 […]

States weigh how to shield election officials from threats, harassment

BY: - January 25, 2022

Following the turmoil of the 2020 election, a photo of Washington state Election Director Lori Augino marked with crosshairs, her address, and the words “your days are numbered” was posted on a website alongside photos of numerous other state election officials described as “enemies of the people.”   Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman said in […]

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Lies about the 2020 election propel bills aimed at combating non-existent fraud

BY: - January 25, 2022

Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd that espoused conspiracy theories about fraud in the 2020 presidential vote and touted the largely debunked findings of the so-called Maricopa County “audit,” the Senate Government Committee on Monday advanced a slew of bills aimed at curbing or alleviating concerns about election fraud in Arizona, despite little evidence of […]

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Arizona ties emerge in leak of posts on white supremacist forum

BY: - January 24, 2022

Leaked online chat logs show that Arizona members were active in a national white supremacist group.

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Arizona lawmaker urges better COVID test distribution for rural, tribal areas

BY: - January 24, 2022

Arizona Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran wants the White House to tailor the COVID test distribution program for the needs of tribal and rural areas.

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No evidence of Ducey claim that victims are being charged $800 for rape kits

BY: - January 24, 2022

In his State of the State speech earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey claimed that women are being charged up to $800 in processing fees for rape kits — which would be illegal under federal law — but it’s unclear whether that’s actually happening. To back up its claim, the governor’s office provided the Arizona […]

Bill requiring redactions on all body camera footage is back

BY: - January 24, 2022

A GOP lawmaker who spent decades as a police officer is reviving a measure that would heavily redact any body-worn camera footage released to the public, including requiring nearly all faces be blurred.  “This would create a new and different standard that is only for body worn cameras,” K.M. Bell, ACLU Arizona’s Smart Justice campaign […]

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Arizona Democratic Party censures Kyrsten Sinema over filibuster support

BY: - January 22, 2022

The Arizona Democratic Party on Saturday formally censured U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for her vote to preserve the filibuster and refusal to join her Democratic colleagues in carving out an exception to the 60-vote threshold to allow a voting rights bill to pass. Sinema, who in 2018 became the first Democrat elected to win an […]