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Az’s same-sex couples could get family leave, but impact uncertain

The Labor Department has proposed expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act to legally married same-sex couples, even if they live in a state that doesn't recognize gay unions. Advocates say it might have little practical impact in Arizona, but would make an important political statement. ... Read more»

DuVal: Jobs plan includes tech, education, avoiding Daily Show

Increasing education spending, fostering innovation, and staying "off the Jon Stewart Show" will make Arizona an economic leader, according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal, who presented his jobs plan Friday in Tucson.... Read more»

Commentary

Az, immigration, and LGBT rights: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Gov. Brewer’s veto of SB 1062 came after a nationwide public outcry over the measure — and after four of the state’s largest business groups sent her a letter that expressed their concern over the potential harm it could cause to employers, tourism, job creation, and the overall economy.... 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»

Tempe joins Az cities barring discrimination against gays

Just a day after the veto of a controversial bill that would have reinforced the ability of Arizona businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, the Tempe City Council unanimously voted to join three other cities, including Tucson, that have broadened civil-rights protections for gay and transgender people.... Read more»1

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

Hispanic lawyers cancel nat'l conference in Arizona over SB 1062

As Gov. Jan Brewer held meetings Wednesday to inform her decision on SB 1062, the Hispanic National Bar Association canceled plans to hold its 2015 convention in Arizona. ... Read more»

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»

Phx printer encouraging businesses to take on SB 1062 through signs

Scott Koehler’s feelings on SB 1062 are no secret to those passing his printing business on North Central Avenue in Phoenix. “Governor Brewer Veto SB 1062 / Bad For Business Bad for Arizona,” reads a banner covering much of the north side of FastSigns on Central.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The other big questions about SB 1062

SB 1062 raises some serious questions about such weighty issues as discrimination, civil rights, freedom of religion, and the proper relationship between church and state. But regardless of one’s view of the measure’s merits, the dispute also raises another set of questions, including: Is this how public policy is supposed to be made?... Read more»

Comic: SB 1062

Cap'n Al says 'Be prepared'

State Sen. Al Melvin goes toe to toe (well, not THAT close) with CNN's Anderson Cooper in defense of SB 1062.... Read more»

Gay rights advocates march against SB 1062

Tucson gay rights groups marched Monday on Congress (Street) to protest SB 1062. ... Read more»2

Biz groups point to SB 1070 in calling for 1062 veto

With business leaders calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto religious-freedom legislation that opponents say would sanction discrimination against gays, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said Monday that fallout from SB 1070 may serve as a guide. Stanton said SB 1062, narrowly approved last week by the Legislature, sends the wrong message to the country and world.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Fimbres: Do the right thing and veto SB 1062 ... again

What business would want to relocate to the state that it is known for being one that discriminates? We are all working to build our economy and measures such as SB 1062, hurt that effort.... Read more»1

Comic:

SB 1062: Let 'em eat burgers...

Local pizzaman Rocco DiGrazia has said "Just say no (pizza)" to the backers of Senate Bill 1062. "We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators," reads a sign in the window of his Tucson restaurant.... Read more»