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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»

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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»

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»

Guest opinion

Driving under the influence of electronics needs to stop

Studies continue to highlight that phone addiction has become the new "drunk-driving" epidemic of our generation. Make no mistake, driving impaired is no accident. An accident is defined as something unfortunate, which cannot be avoided. A collision, on the other hand is the result of choices made and risks disregarded.... Read more»

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A privilege to tax: RTA law clears way for new sales taxes

Someday soon, Arizona is going to have to have a talk with itself about how much sales tax is too much, and if a new revenue balance is worth pursuing.... Read more»

Analysis

Teen suicide prevention and LGBTQ kids

With at least 88 Arizona youths taking their own life over the last two years, including a recent wave in the East Valley, the issue of teen suicide has been in the news lately and has garnered the attention of the Legislature.... Read more»

Arizona House moves forward on code of conduct before session ends

More than a year has passed since state legislative leaders promised a code of conduct for its members, but the House Ethics Committee still has not produced a code or a policy on sexual harassment.... Read more»

Bill slicing minimum wage for young part-time workers moves to Az Senate

Arizona lawmakers could allow employers to slash the minimum wage for young part-time workers to as low as $7.25 an hour, a measure that drew a contentious crowd to a Senate committee hearing Thursday.... Read more»

Debate not bitter: Arizona Leg might declare lemonade as state drink

Lemonade is one step closer to becoming Arizona’s state drink. Four senators jokingly proposed amendments to change the state drink to pink lemonade, sun tea, the margarita or Jamaica, a drink created from hibiscus flowers.... Read more»

Arizona primary elections might be held earlier in August

A bill that would move up the date of the Arizona primary election passed through the House Elections Committee on a party-line vote last week.... Read more»

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World View's return to earth shows the dangers & costs of a sucker's game

Chasing and keeping businesses that are ready to bounce from city to city looking for the best deal has cost us all and given us not a whole bunch.... Read more»1

At Nogales border crossings, CBP uses tech & instincts to detect drugs

CBP officers in late January seized a record 245 pounds of fentanyl at the busy commercial crossing in Nogales. Officials say technology and alert officers at the port of entry were key to the bust.... Read more»

Despite last year’s promise, Arizona Legislature still has no code of conduct

In the wake of several behavior scandals, the Arizona Legislature pledged last session to adopt a code of conduct in order to hold members more accountable for their actions in office. Nearly a year later, that code doesn’t exist.... Read more»

‘Historical trauma’: Native communities grapple with missing & murdered women

One day they were there and the next they weren’t. Trying to get a handle on the number of missing and murdered Native American women quickly gets mired in conflicting jurisdictions, inconsistent numbers and stories some say are best left untold.... Read more»1

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Never mind Green New Deal, socialism already here as Arizona deals with climate

Drought politics is socialist politics in every way imaginable and it’s determining our future right here in Arizona.... Read more»3

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Told ya so: Az Republicans moving to fix 'dysfunction' of Democrats winning statewide

State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita has a plan to make sure the right kind of people vote and takes great umbrage at how people see exactly what is behind her plan to suppress votes.... Read more»

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