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FactCheck: Ted Cruz's presidential eligibility

Is Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, eligible to be the U.S. president?... Read more»1

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Behind Supreme Court’s Obamacare case, a secretive society’s hand

For more than 30 years, the Federalist Society has worked behind the scenes to shape Supreme Court outcomes to a conservative agenda. In King v. Burwell, its influence could eliminate health insurance subsidies for millions of people.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Budget zips through Legislature, spurs protests

At the Legislature this week, Gov. Ducey and Republican House and Senate leaders pushed through a $9.1 billion budget proposal which drew strong criticism from Democrats and brought hundreds of protestors to the Capitol. Lawmakers also moved forward bills to allow concealed weapons into public buildings and events, and to outlaw revenge porn.... Read more»

Analysis

City Hall fights transparency in manager search

The search for a Tucson city manager is proceeding, with the Council having winnowed down a list of candidates. Who those potential municipal CEOs are, we don't know. And despite that list being a public record, no one at the city will tell us — or you.... Read more»5

Obamacare subsidies for 155K in Az depend on Supreme Court ruling

The ruling in King v. Burwell could be a "game-changer" for the Affordable Care Act, said experts in Arizona. The suit challenges the federal subsidies that help individuals pay their insurance premiums, assistance that is extended to more than 155,000 people in Arizona. ... Read more»1

High court grills both sides in Arizona redistricting case

Supreme Court justices grilled both sides in the Arizona Legislature's challenge of a voter-approved redistricting commission. Opponents say the Constitution give the job of redistricting to lawmakers, but some justices argued that ultimate legislative power belongs to voters.... Read more»4

Arizona continues fight over licenses for 'Dreamers'

New Attorney General Mark Brnovich has resumed Arizona's legal battle to deny driver's licenses for young immigrants covered by deferred action programs. ... 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»

Will the Supreme Court’s lethal injection review kill the death penalty?

The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. Here’s what it means for the death penalty. ... Read more»

Critics say state licensing requirements have gone too far

A growing number of critics are calling state licensing requirements burdensome and pushing for changes.... Read more»

Texas lawmakers want to expand worker screening

Just before leaving office, Rick Perry ordered state agencies to start using E-Verify, the federal employment verification system, to make sure job applicants can legally work. But some lawmakers say that mandate isn't enough.... Read more»

Commentary

Millions in middle class remain uninsured despite Obamacare

Commentary: No-man's land captures those too rich for subsidies but too poor for sanctions.... Read more»

Hispanics and education: A Texas-sized challenge for states

As Hispanics drive population growth in most states, the relatively low percentage of them earning college degrees is becoming a pressing concern. ... Read more»

Republican bills aim to ax Clean Elections

If approved, the bills would have Arizonans decide whether to get rid of public financing for campaigns. Supporters of the bills say Clean Elections is ineffective. But opponents say the effort is an attempt to mislead voters.... Read more»2

Appeals court: Family of prisoner who ODed after beating can sue state

A federal appeals court reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out a suit against the state for its failure to protect a prison inmate who was brutally beaten by fellow prisoners. The court said there were enough questions about Philip Cortez's case to require a trial. ... Read more»

Gilbert sign code comes under Supreme Court scrutiny

U.S. Supreme Court justices grilled Gilbert’s attorney Monday on the town’s sign ordinance, with one justice suggesting the town was “being unreasonable” with its limits on temporary signs.... Read more»

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