J.D. Mesnard

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Another delay in critical census data threatens redistricting

BY: - February 12, 2021

A newly announced delay in the census data states rely on to draw new congressional and legislative districts seems certain to push back the work of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, which could leave Arizonans and the candidates they’ll be voting for waiting until after the new year to find out what districts they’ll be in.

Contempt resolution fails after Boyer breaks with Senate GOP colleagues

BY: - February 8, 2021

Unanimous Republican support for a resolution to hold the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in contempt amid a dispute over a proposed audit of the 2020 general election fractured after a lone GOP senator broke ranks with his colleagues.

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GOP proposal to end Ducey’s COVID emergency advances

BY: - January 26, 2021

GOP lawmakers advanced a measure that would terminate the emergency declaration Gov. Doug Ducey issued last year as the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up, and gave preliminary approval to a slew of other legislation that would curb future governors’ ability to use their emergency powers.

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Proposal would create more, smaller House districts

BY: - January 22, 2021

It is often said the government that is closest to the people serves them best, and one state senator wants to help lawmakers get a bit closer to the people by reducing the size of their districts.

Ducey calls for tax cuts, return to classrooms in virtual State of the State speech

BY: - January 11, 2021

In an unprecedented State of the State address, given remotely for the first time in Arizona history, Gov. Doug Ducey pledged new — though vague — action to help Arizonans who are struggling economically and students who are struggling educationally as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on.

Bill would permit outside parties to pay for election recounts

BY: - December 16, 2020

Anyone who thinks a recount of an election might change the outcome would have the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is under a new bill filed for the 2021 legislative session.

Republicans overtake Dems in key races, control of legislature up for grabs

BY: - November 4, 2020

Election night started on a high note for Democratic hopes of taking control of Arizona’s legislature for the first time in more than a half century, but Republicans finished strong, taking the lead in several key races that could cement their control of the state’s House of Representatives and Senate.

Dems lead key races but legislative control remains up for grabs

BY: - November 3, 2020

The first batch of votes brought good news for Democrats in their quest to control the legislature for the first time in more than half a century.

Dems dominate spending in push to flip the legislature

BY: - October 21, 2020

Outside spending in hotly contested legislative races has for years often dominated the spending by the candidates themselves. But this year is seeing spending like no other, with more than $12 million in outside spending being reported as this week began.

Democrats hope to turn 2018 gains into real power in 2020 and beyond

BY: - August 21, 2020

For the past few election cycles, Arizona Democrats have talked a big game about winning control of one of the state’s legislative chambers before falling short of the majorities that have eluded them through decades of Republican control. Things could be different this year.

MCAO data dashboard praised as ‘first step,’ but advocates want more info

BY: - July 15, 2020

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is now making a plethora of information available online about the cases it prosecutes, helping to bring Arizona’s most populous county and largest prosecutorial agency in line with a longtime objective of the criminal justice reform movement.

Pre-existing conditions bill advances, but GOP rejects added protections

BY: - May 21, 2020

A bill that would ensure pre-existing conditions for Arizonans are still covered if a GOP-backed lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act succeeds in striking down the 2010 law won preliminary approval in the Arizona House of Representatives Wednesday, but Republicans rejected an attempt by Democrats to add protections to the measure.