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Arizona Dreamers smiling for driver's license photos

It’s not every day someone looks forward to going to MVD, but Monday was different for many Arizonans. That’s because Arizona Dreamers qualifying under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the first time could apply for an Arizona driver’s license at the Motor Vehicles Division.... Read more»

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'Dreamers' begin getting Az driver's licenses

For Erick Lizarraga, 18, getting a driver’s license means a little more freedom and a little less fear. Until last week, he was one of 22,000 “Dreamers” in Arizona, granted a work permit under President Obama’s 2012 decision to grant deferrals to young people, but unable to legally drive in the state.... Read more»

Arizona must issue driver's licenses to Dreamers

A federal judge has ordered the state to begin issuing driver’s licenses to young immigrants, known as Dreamers, starting next Monday.... Read more»

Secretive nonprofits flourished — and succeeded — in 2014 state elections

Groups that don’t disclose donors were more successful with TV ads than other political advertisers.... Read more»1

Supreme Court rejects Az appeal to enforce abortion law

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Arizona officials to reverse an injunction which blocks the enforcement of new rules aimed at the use of medication-based abortions in the state. The decision keeps the state from requiring abortion providers to follow FDA guidelines created in 2000, which are out of date according to medical experts.... Read more»

Does a state fuel tax unfairly favor trucks over trains?

Attorneys for railroad carrier CSX argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court that Alabama’s 4 percent sales tax on fuel used by freight trains—a tax trucks and barges don’t have to pay—is inherently discriminatory and violates federal law.... Read more»

Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark money’ politics

Critics say it’s hard to peek into so-called ‘dark money’ groups, which sit at the crossroads of tax law, campaign-finance rules, nonprofit governance and questions of what constitutes ‘social good.’ But defenders say that anonymity is important to protect truly free political speech.... Read more»

Public has dark opinion of dark money in elections

Dark money spending reached record levels this fall, with little sign of abating, even as polls showed overwhelming numbers of Americans troubled by the practice. In one poll, 80 percent of voters said they were worried that donors were “abusing” the system for their own gain.... Read more»

A year later, Arivaca checkpoint remains

Group of Arivaca residents hold 24-hour vigil and observation to mark a year of protests against a Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road, east of I-19.... Read more»8

High court denies Arizona appeal in death row case

The Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s ruling that Arizona death-row inmate Richard Dean Hurles should get a new hearing in the 1992 stabbing death of a Buckeye librarian. The court considered Hurles’ case for more than a year before deciding against hearing it.... Read more»

Ducey: Review budget before settling $300M schools case

Doug Ducey said Monday the budget will quickly become his top priority when he takes office as governor, including what to do about a lawsuit that’s left the state owing more than $300 million to schools. That includes being open to reaching a settlement in the suit, he said.... Read more»1

High court won’t block ruling that overturned bail ban for some immigrants

The decision means a lower-court ruling overturning the voter-approved Arizona law that bans bail for felony suspects in this country illegally will take effect. Even though the law is suspended, Maricopa County officials said they will file a formal appeal with the high court.... Read more»

High court urged not to intervene on bail for immigrant felony suspects

The ACLU said Maricopa County had not shown harm if a lower court ruling, overturning the state’s ban on bail for felony suspects who are here illegally, was allowed to take effect. But county officials argued that the ruling could release “potentially dangerous criminals.”... Read more»1

Secretary of state candidates seek more dark money disclosure

Democrat Terry Goddard and Republican Michele Reagan say they want Arizona to have laws taking a harder line with so-called dark money groups, shadowy nonprofits that for now can spend money on behalf of campaigns without disclosing sources of their funding.... Read more»

Analysis

Behind voter ID, federal pre-clearance

Woven into the recent federal ruling that found the state’s voter photo ID law unconstitutional is a bigger question for Texas lawmakers — whether the state should have to seek federal permission when it changes election and voting laws.... Read more»

Supreme Court: Texas can enforce voter ID law

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion Saturday morning removing the last traces of uncertainty over whether voter ID can be enforced in the upcoming elections.... Read more»

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