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Arizona reaction to Senate health bill ranges from lukewarm to hostile

The Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare was quickly attacked by Democrats and kept at arm’s length by Arizona’s Republican senators, who seemed less than eager to comment on a bill few had seen before its release Thursday.... Read more»

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Ducey touts value of Mexico trade, hopes to be in any negotiations

Gov. Doug Ducey told a U.S.-Mexico diplomacy conference Wednesday that maintaining good trade between the countries is important, and he expects the state to have a “seat at the table” in any upcoming trade negotiations.... Read more»

Ducey requires opioid overdose reports within 24 hours

Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order Tuesday requiring reports of opioid overdoses and deaths reach state health officials within 24 hours.... Read more»

Deputy Pima County Att'y Kellie Johnson fills vacant Superior Court seat

Kellie Johnson, the chief criminal deputy of the Pima County Attorney's Office, has been appointed to the Pima County Superior Court bench by Gov. Doug Ducey.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Farley vs. Trump: Is spite enough?

The road to the governor's chair in Phoenix runs through Mar-a-Lago, Fla., and what may look like an imploding disaster may be, in fact, buyer satisfaction among the GOP. Does state Sen. Steve Farley have a chance to unseat Gov. Doug Ducey?... Read more»

Civil rights leaders want six Confederate memorials in Arizona removed

Local civil rights and faith leaders are pushing for the removal of six Confederate memorials in Arizona, calling them symbols of terrorism and bigotry.... Read more»2

Ducey declares opioid emergency in Arizona

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday declared a public health emergency spurred by a devastating jump in Arizona opioid deaths in 2016, calling for a coordinated effort by the medical community and state and local governments to find solutions to an epidemic.... Read more»

Three candidates nominated for vacancy on S. Az appeals court

Two judges and an attorney have been named as possible appointees to the Southern Arizona division of the Arizona Court of Appeals.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Ducey: Pause and reflect on Memorial Day

We pause today to honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. They answered the call of duty, dedicated themselves to a higher purpose, and, when the time came, gave what Lincoln called their "last full measure of devotion." ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Arizona losing the economic Battle of Yesteryear

The whole point of Arizona model of "always low taxes" is to win the battle for business. But it looks like our state is fighting the last battle and losing. We have the stingiest combination of low state spending and high poverty rates in America, and now state leaders — and the state as a whole — are going to have to go back to school to cash in on the changing economy.... Read more»

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor CBP officer killed in Rio Rico crash

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags be flown at half-staff to honor Customs and Border Protection Officer Edgard Garcia, who was killed in a crash Friday when his car crossed the median of Interstate 19 between Tucson and Nogales.... Read more»

The cost of cuts: Arizona tax carve-outs last year hit $13.7B

Teachers who marched on the Capitol in support of doubling the salary boost that lawmakers were considering went home empty-handed, as Republican lawmakers backed a budget that grants a two-percent increase over the next two years, saying there simply wasn’t money available. But that figure is dwarfed by how much tax revenue the state doesn’t collect each year: In fiscal year 2016, state law allowed $13.7 billion in taxes to go uncollected through a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits.... Read more»

School districts, education groups sue Arizona over funding shortfalls

Lawmakers have violated the Arizona Constitution by failing to adequately fund school facilities and repairs, according to a lawsuit filed against the state on Monday by school districts and education groups. ... Read more»

Arizona public records aren’t so public

More than a month ago, 19 Arizona agencies were given simple public record requests seeking data on the numbers of those requests those agencies received in 2015 and 2016. Less than half responded. ... Read more»

40% of Arizona adults know someone addicted to painkillers

More than four in ten adults in Arizona know someone who who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, according to a new poll. “Opioid addiction knows no boundaries,” said Douglas Coleman of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “It affects every demographic. It affects rich, poor, black, white. It affects everybody.”... Read more»

Legislative roundup: Pets and bill signings

Last week was the first week where legislators didn’t meet for committee hearings. Instead, their time was devoted to dozens of votes in the House and Senate and watching the governor’s pen for new laws all before working through the budget in the coming weeks.... Read more»

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