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Arizona among top states for passing ‘copycat bills’ written by national partisan & industry groups

Arizona is among the top states for copycat legislation, “model” bills that are crafted on a national level by conservative, liberal and industry special-interest groups and then pushed on the local level from state Capitol to state Capitol.... Read more»

How the IRS gave up fighting political dark money groups

Six years after it was excoriated for allegedly targeting conservative organizations, the agency has largely given up on regulating an entire category of nonprofits. The result: More dark money gushes into the political system.... Read more»

House Ethics panel: Rep. Schweikert may have OKed improper expenses, campaign donations

The House Ethics Committee released details of its probe of Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, that began last year, finding “substantial reason to believe” he may have approved improper office expenditures and campaign contributions.... Read more»

Arizona becomes first state to recognize all out-of-state occupational licenses

Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed a bill into law that makes Arizona the first state to grant across-the-board recognition of out-of-state occupational licenses. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Mark Kelly bank-breaking campaign fundraising important but not sufficient

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally's fundraising is going great guns but challenger Mark Kelly's haul is out of this world. Still, he can literally buy himself all the advice needed to kill his candidacy.... Read more»3

Arizona’s messy tax system hampers small biz battling online retailers

Arizona small business owners are fighting for sales tax equality with online retailers, similar to 39 other states trying to collect taxes on goods that consumers buy online. But experts said Arizona’s tax system complicates the situation.... Read more»

Long delays at border crossings bring anxiety for biz as Holy Week begins

This week is one of the busiest shopping seasons on the border, but after hundreds of federal agents were diverted from border crossings to help with a surge of migrants, retailers and other businesses are fretting about how hours-long wait times will impact them.... Read more»

Shift of CBP officers has led to border slowdown that’s hurting trade

The Trump administration has moved border agents from ports of entry to dealing with asylum seekers, causing delays that leave some fearing economic impacts.... Read more»

House, Senate OK Colorado River drought plan, capping years of debate

Two weeks after water officials told Congress there was urgent need to approve the Colorado River drought contingency plan, the House and Senate both passed a plan Monday and sent it to the president’s desk.... Read more»

Tucson call center laying off almost 800 workers

A Tucson call center is laying off 785 employees here, with Concentrix Corp. poised to shutter the West Side facility formerly owned by Convergys.... Read more»

FactCheck: Trump's faulty wind power claims

During an April 2 speech, President Trump once again attacked wind power, falsely claiming that noise from turbines causes cancer and that turbines sink property values by 75 percent.... Read more»

FactCheck: Democratic spin on Medicare

Democratic lawmakers claim the president’s proposed 2020 budget would “ransack” or “slash” Medicare and Medicaid, likening it to an “assault on Medicare” and “the health care of seniors and families across America.” Experts agree the proposed cuts to Medicaid are significant, but many of the Medicare proposals echo those of Barack Obama and wouldn’t directly affect beneficiaries.... Read more»

Tribal leaders urge House to extend funding for water settlements

Tribes argue that a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is needed to provide certainty to their water rights passed 2029, to ensure the government meets obligations it has already agreed to providing.... Read more»

Ducey supports plan to close border, but Trump announces year delay

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gave conditional support Wednesday to a “short as possible” border shutdown, then shifted the blame to Congress. But President Trump announced Thursday that he'll put off closing crossing on the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ducey too smart to be so stupid as to support Trump's latest border sucker-punch

Arizona Gov. Ducey says he supports President Trump’s threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border because he apparently is cool with losing a quarter-billion dollars per day in trade. He should be smarter than that.... Read more»

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