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The winners and losers in Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget

Arizona’s $11.8 billion budget for fiscal 2020 — which was passed late Monday only after Republican lawmakers demanded changes to child sex-abuse laws — includes money for schools, infrastructure and health care. But other measures, including one that would have funded pregnancy crisis centers, were left out.... Read more»

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New funding restrictions on abortion would have ‘huge impact,’ Planned Parenthood says

Family planning clinics would lose federal money meant to help those struggling financially if the clinic "performs, promotes, refers for or supports abortion as a method of family planning." ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona's 54th Legislature: Smell the sanity (and/or fear)

The 54th Arizona Legislature is acting someone put two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen in their drinking water. Could it be they’ve read my work? Or do they just know a thing or two about elections and consequences?... Read more»

LGBT non-discrimination bills have some bipartisan support in Az Legislature

Sponsors of a bipartisan push to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination have better prospects than in previous years but still face powerful opposition.... Read more»

Az advocates react as court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

Arizona pro-choice advocates hailed Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court that said Texas’ restrictions on abortion clinics are unconstitutional, calling the decision a “significant victory for women in Arizona.”... Read more»

Az advocates vow continuing fight as Supreme Court OKs gay marriage

As the Supreme Court ruled states cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, activists in Arizona were sharply split. "Big picture, this isn’t the final word on marriage," said a spokesman for the right-wing Center for Arizona Policy, while a member of the College Democrats said "the fight for equality doesn’t end here at all, this isn’t the moment we get complacent."... Read more»1

Critics: Bill to expand Az Supreme Court a GOP 'court-packing' plan

A state lawmaker wants to expand the number of justices on the Arizona Supreme Court from five to seven, saying it would increase diversity and better serve a growing state. Two representatives from the courts say the proposed change is unnecessary, and the head of a watchdog group calls it an overt attempt to pack the high court with conservative justices.... Read more»

Arizona's latest abortion bill seeks ban on health exchange coverage

A new bill would prohibit any health care exchange in Arizona from providing coverage for elective abortions.... Read more»2

Candidate commentary

Barber: Personal freedoms include gay marriage, abortion rights

We believe that everyone in our community has the right to live the life they want without the government, politicians or their employer interfering in their personal decisions. In Southern Arizona, we stand by our values. That's why I am fighting to preserve a woman's right to make her most personal health care decisions and to ensure that all Southern Arizonans have the right to marry the one they love. ... Read more»3

Law will allow state to inspect abortion clinics without warrants

Supporters of a new law that will allow state officials to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics say it will hold abortion providers to standards that already apply to other health care facilities.... Read more»

Dems slam conservative group behind SB 1062, abortion bill

The advocacy group behind legislation such as SB 1062 and attempts to restrict abortions has too much power over the Legislature, Democratic leaders said Tuesday.... Read more»

Brewer vetoes SB 1062: 'Could divide Arizona in ways we cannot imagine'

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday, saying it would "create more problems than it purports to solve... Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination ... I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated."... Read more»4

As Brewer considers SB 1062, groups make their case at Capitol

Michael Salman’s opinion may not have been the most popular among those gathered Tuesday outside the State Capitol, but it was one he wanted heard. To him, SB 1062, which Democrats, business leaders, civil rights groups and the state’s Republican U.S. senators say deserves a veto, is needed to protect religious freedom in Arizona.... Read more»

AG Holder: Treat legally sanctioned same-sex marriages like any other

The Justice Department was ordered Monday to start treating legal same-sex marriages the same as any other marriage, regardless of whether the couple lives in a state – such as Arizona – that does not recognize such unions.... Read more»

Same-sex marriage supporters launch public education campaign

Groups supporting same-sex marriage launched a campaign Tuesday aiming to help the public see why marriage matters to gays and lesbians.... Read more»

After Supreme Court rules on gay marriage, debate heads back to state

The Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage are not likely to have a direct effect on states that ban gay marriage, like Arizona, where both sides said they now expect the fight to resume.... Read more»

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