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Legislative roundup: Cell phones and tampon tax

On Valentine’s Day, the Arizona State Capitol was full of gratuitous shows of love: singing on the House floor, heart-shaped balloons on the rose garden. But whether state minimum wage workers will feel the love became the question. Meanwhile, legislators reviewed bills on tax returns, sales taxes on tampons, teen drivers and more.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Church of Blake wants a piece of Az's school voucher action

So how can Blakeism make taxpayer dollars with no accountability work for me as I spread a vision some may find morally repugnant? Stick it to the suckers, that's how. Arizona lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to give tax money to religious schools. Well, I've got a church and I will teach those little ragamuffins all they need to know.... Read more»2

Trump seeks 20 percent tax on Mexican imports

The White House said on Thursday that President Trump wants a new 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern border, deepening a crisis after a planned summit between the two countries' leaders fell through. ... Read more»

Prop. 206 FAQ: What you need to know about Az's minimum wage increase

Whether you're a small business owner or an hourly worker, here's what you need to know about the provisions of Arizona's minimum wage increase, which will go into effect on Sunday, Jan. 1, after the state Supreme Court declined to block the measure approved by 58 percent of voters in November.... Read more»

The facts on Trump’s EPA nominee

Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has made some questionable claims related to global warming, fracking and the Clean Power Plan.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

City gun destruction lawsuit on shaky legal ground

The city of Tucson is taking the state to court over the right to destroy guns in what could be a landmark case to decide who runs what in Arizona. God bless 'em. I like the gumption as much as I question their chances.... Read more»2

Legal experts: Trump has broad power to implement immigration policies

Trump will be able to make many of his promised changes in immigration policy unilaterally by exercising the same executive powers he criticized President Obama for using, but fully implementing them would require funding that Congress would have to approve.... Read more»

Ducey names 2 to expanded Arizona Supreme Court

Gov. Doug Ducey announced his picks Monday for two additional justices of the state's highest court — which was expanded to seven seats this year in what some derided as a court-packing plan. Tapped were Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Andrew W. Gould and Arizona Solicitor General John R. Lopez.... Read more»

Undocumented immigrants fear what Trump will do to 'sanctuary cities'

It’s not yet clear whether, or how, the Trump administration could make good on a promise to end "sanctuary cities." But the simple fact that he says he’ll try is enough to terrify many undocumented immigrants in Texas. ... Read more»1

Immigration hardliner says Trump team preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry

Kris Kobach, an architect of anti-immigration efforts — including SB 1070 — who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. ... Read more»

Maricopa GOP to poll watchers: Follow & photograph voters if fraud suspected

Democrats who have become increasingly worried about voter intimidation at the polls say local Republicans could find themselves on the wrong side of the law, after a poll watching training led by the Maricopa County GOP. Republican activists were told to follow and photograph voters they suspect of breaking an Arizona law banning “ballot harvesting.”... Read more»

Supreme Court lets Az ballot-harvesting ban stand, caps week of legal battles

The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday reinstated Arizona’s ban on ballot-harvesting, just one day after the 9th Circuit put the law on hold. Citics – some who rushed into the brief window Friday to collect ballots – have argued that allowing the law to be enforced would handicap minority and low-income voting efforts.... Read more»

Supreme Court orders new sentencing hearings for 5 Arizona teen killers

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered Arizona courts to reconsider the life-without-parole sentences handed down to five juveniles who were convicted in separate cases on a total of nine murders and other crimes in the 1990s. ... Read more»

9th Circuit will hold off on Nogales cross-border shooting case, pending Supreme Court decision

The civil rights lawsuit by the family of a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales remains in limbo after the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco decided to wait for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on a similar case from Texas. ... Read more»

Arizona execution procedures face review in U.S. court

A federal judge in Phoenix will hear arguments this week about resuming executions in Arizona, where a 2014 lethal injection that took nearly two hours raised questions about the state's death chamber protocols and the chemicals it uses to kill inmates.... Read more»

Court's immigration ruling could affect Texas 'sanctuary city' debate

A decision last month by a federal judge in Illinois undercutting a major tool the federal government uses to deport criminal immigrants could ripple across the country, changing how local jails hold people thought to be in the country illegally.... Read more»

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