National Day of Empathy highlights inability of ex-inmates to find jobs
Advocates for the formerly incarcerated gathered the Capitol on Tuesday as part of a National Day of Empathy to raise awareness of the lack of opportunities facing people when they get out of prison.
Bills to tackle AZ doctor, nurse shortages win Senate approval
Two bills aimed at addressing the state’s shortage of nurses and doctors have passed their first major hurdle.
Sinema misses votes on judges, EPA chief during trip to New Zealand for Ironman race
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Saturday competed in an Ironman race in New Zealand, where she set a personal record in the grueling race – clocking in under 13 hours. In doing so, she missed a string of high-profile votes back at the U.S. Capitol.
State Bar: Top MariCo prosecutor leaked secret information, lied, sexually harassed underlings
The State Bar of Arizona has filed a formal complaint against star Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez, alleging that he leaked confidential information during the murder trial of Jodi Arias, lied to Bar investigators and frequently sexually harassed women employees in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Medical professionals concerned about bill to expand short term health plans
The legislature is on the cusp of approving legislation expanding short-term health insurance plans, much to the chagrin of medical groups, who say the plans exempt many medical issues and could leave Arizonans facing staggering medical bills.
Supreme Court ruling could prompt lawsuits over fines and fees in Arizona
A recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion that the constitutional protection from excessive fines and fees applies to local governments could inspire new legal challenges in Arizona, an attorney from the conservative Institute for Justice said.
Arizona tribes push less government, more sovereignty to conservatives
CPAC had never heard a conservative argument from one group of speakers who showed up Thursday to the annual gathering: Native Americans who called for less government oversight on reservations and greater tribal sovereignty.
Post-Election Day gains for Dem candidates are the norm, not the 2018 exception
The post-Election Day shift toward Democrats that flipped the outcomes of several major races in 2018 wasn't abnormal, an Arizona Mirror analysis finds.
Refugees gather at Capitol as House approves resolution supporting refugee resettlement in Arizona
Refugee and immigrant families visited the state Capitol on Thursday to support a resolution proclaiming that “members of the Legislature welcome and declare their support for resettling all types of refugees in Arizona.”
House approves bill to cut student wages
With only Republican support, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill to allow businesses to pay working students nearly $4 an hour less than the state’s minimum wage, ostensibly to allow more students to find jobs.
Southwest Key admissions ban lifted at one Phoenix shelter
State health regulators have allowed one of 11 facilities operated by Southwest Key to accept new migrant children after 127 days of an admission freeze imposed under an October settlement, according to the shelter operator.
Migrant youth shelter reform bill approved in Senate
All 30 Senators voted Wednesday in favor of moving forward a proposal to add oversight of facilities that operate shelters for migrant children in Arizona. The measure will now go to the House of Representatives.