Anti-tax titan Grover Norquist joins Mesnard in opposition to Ducey on tax conformity
As Gov. Doug Ducey plans to use revenue from a proposed reform of Arizona’s income tax code to bolster the state’s rainy day fund, House Speaker J.D. Mesnard is publicly urging him to use the money for tax cuts, and he’s getting some help from a prominent figure in the conservative movement.
Records suggest MCSO didn’t fully investigate child abuse claims at migrant shelter
Public records released to the Arizona Mirror shed light into the three reports of child abuse that led the federal government to shut down a shelter for migrant minors in Youngtown in September. The reports show neither the Southwest Key employees nor the minors involved were ever interviewed by law enforcement, and the Maricopa County […]
ACLU of Arizona sues ICE, DHS for records on immigration call center
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is suing for records on an immigration call center local law enforcement officers use to check the immigration status of the people they encounter.
Ducey wants tax conformity money for rainy day fund
Gov. Doug Ducey wants to use the extra revenue Arizona would get this year by conforming with last year’s federal tax reform law to shore up the state’s rainy day fund, setting up a fight with GOP lawmakers.
Some justice reform advocates pan federal First Step Act
The First Step Act, a federal justice reform proposal that was approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives, has made for some strange bedfellows and was passed with bipartisan support, but not everyone in the criminal justice reform movement is on board.
Flake to introduce carbon tax legislation to address climate change: report
Not content with bucking the Republican Party for its support of Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake will introduce carbon tax legislation, The Hill reported today. Although there is broad consensus in the scientific community that climate change is real and presents a danger to the U.S., polling has long shown that Republican voters don’t […]
Ethics probe clears Grijalva for $48k settlement with staffer
The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee cleared Tucson Democrat Rep. Raúl Grijalva of wrongdoing for paying $48,000 in a settlement to a former staffer in 2015.
New vehicle registration fee hurts the poor, needs accountability, critics say
The new public safety fee all Arizona vehicle-owners will face next year to fund the Arizona Department of Public Safety will hurt Arizona’s poor disproportionately, said Tomas Robles, co-executive director of Living United for Change Arizona, an advocacy nonprofit for working families.
Brnovich praises ruling striking down all of ACA, including pre-existing condition coverage
In a written statement provided this morning, Brnovich praised the ruling by a judge in a Texas district court.
Ducey will appoint McSally to U.S. Senate seat
Martha McSally lost the election but will be a U.S. senator after all.
Bombs involved in Yemen civilian deaths have Arizona ties
A New York Times Magazine report on the death and destruction caused by bombs dropped on civilians in Yemen by Saudi Arabia was able to trace back the origin of some of the bombs to Arizona. The bombs in question were dropped in Northern Yemen in 2016 on a group of civilians who were digging […]
Tempe to decide between two controversial security firms
Last month the city of Tempe took some heat for a decision to add armed security guards to their parks. Now, the city council will be deciding if it wants to stick with G4S Security or instead hire another firm, Allied Universal Security, which also has a history of indiscretions.