Number of Arizonans who see climate change as ‘serious problem’ jumps

BY: - February 1, 2019

The number of Arizonans who believe climate change is a “serious problem” has grown sharply in the past three years, according to an annual survey of Western-state voters’ opinions on environmental issues.

Gallego, Valenzuela will draw from experience to address homelessness in Phoenix

BY: - January 31, 2019

Kate Gallego shared examples of existing programs she’s worked on that would continue to guide her policy on housing and services for homeless people, while Daniel Valenzuela centered the discussion around his personal experiences with housing instability as a child during a mayoral forum on health, housing and homelessness Tuesday. Both stressed that, as mayors, […]

Gallego’s office asks Capitol Police to investigate extremist group

BY: - January 31, 2019

Staffers of U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego have asked the U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ after its leaders posted photos, video and information about security measures of the congressman’s house, the Southern Policy Law Center’s Hatewatch blog reported today.

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AZGOP audit says Fontes actions questionable, not illegal

BY: - January 31, 2019

Preliminary results of an audit commissioned by the Arizona Republican Party concluded that Maricopa County’s Democratic recorder didn’t violate any laws during the 2018 general election and that two disputed policies he implemented didn’t affect the outcomes of any races.

Drought plan clears committee, despite fears on both sides

BY: - January 30, 2019

Arizona is one step closer to finalizing the drought contingency plan, but lawmakers have less than 36 hours to do so. The plan is a seven-state agreement, including Mexico, that aims to mitigate the impacts of a water shortage and protect water sources like the Colorado River and Lake Mead. After a marathon five-hour meeting […]

Stringer paying for Facebook ads to promote conservative outlet’s defense of him

BY: - January 30, 2019

State Rep. David Stringer is running ads on Facebook to promote his side of the story in the wake of revelations that he faced sex offense charges decades ago in Maryland.

Senate bill gives state more oversight of facilities like Southwest Key

BY: - January 30, 2019

A new bill would require all residential care centers for children in Arizona check employees against a state database that lists people with proven reports of child abuse or neglect, and allows regulators to inspect those institutions unannounced.

State Bar investigating Stringer over attorney application

BY: - January 30, 2019

The State Bar of Arizona is investigating state Rep. David Stringer, who is facing a legislative ethics probe and expulsion threat over recent revelations that he faced sex-crime charges in Maryland in 1983.

Bill would gut local oversight on rental properties

BY: - January 30, 2019

Legislation that will be considered Thursday would bar cities and towns from having local policies or oversight of disputes between landlords and tenants.

Ban on dropping off early ballots would hit sponsor’s district hard

BY: - January 29, 2019

Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita’s bill to ban voters from dropping off their early ballots in person would affect her legislative district more than almost any other in the state. Ugenti-Rita, R-Scottsdale, represents Legislative District 23, which primary encompasses Scottsdale. In the November election, 12,093 voters in her district dropped off their early ballots at polling places […]

Lawmakers to consider six bills as part of drought plan

BY: - January 29, 2019

As the federally imposed deadline for the seven state drought contingency plan reaches its conclusion, Arizona lawmakers now have six bills related to the plan to debate and pass.

Senate committee urges congressional action on border wall

BY: - January 29, 2019

The Senate Government Committee voted to urge Congress to pass a border wall bill that is virtually dead.   Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, who chairs the committee, introduced Senate Concurrent Memorial 1001 to urge federal lawmakers to “enact the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act or similar legislation” at the request of U.S. Rep. […]