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ACLU lawsuit challenges SB 1070′s ‘show your papers’ provision

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of SB 1070’s requirement that law officers to determine whether someone is in the country illegally if they have reason to suspect it. The case involves a woman detained after a traffic stop in Pinal County.... Read more»

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Az and EPA discussing best way to meet strict new emissions rule

Arizona would face the second-steepest reductions in carbon emissions in the country - 52 percent - under the federal plan, which aims to cut carbon nationally by 30 percent by the year 2030.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Groups prepare to defend constitutional rights, themselves

Fear of the federal government’s interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion that elected officials are ignoring the “will of the people” have provoked a resurgence of self-described patriots across the country who say they are preparing to defend themselves and their rights by any means necessary.... Read more»3

Background checks fail on dangerous mentally ill

While the National Instant Criminal Background Check System remains the only square inch of compromise between the nation’s divided gun camps, the costly federal program is failing to keep guns away from the dangerously mentally ill.... Read more»

Counting Americans of Middle Eastern, North African descent

Creating a new census category would have economic and political ramifications for Americans of Middle Eastern and North African descent.... Read more»

Immigration, net neutrality trigger heavy lobbying

Immigration, net neutrality and the right to channel a broadcast program using a tiny antenna have caused several companies to spend big in order to influence legislators this year.... Read more»

Divide growing over official English laws

A growing language divide has opened up across the country, as a sharp increase in the number of Americans who speak English as a second language—or don’t speak it at all—is driving cities and states to respond, often in radically different ways.... Read more»6

Lobbyists use secretive White House office to block gov't regs

When Washington lobbyists fail to derail regulations proposed by federal agencies, they often find a receptive ear within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget that conducts much of its business in secret.... Read more»

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»

Appeals courts offer conflicting rulings on federal health subsidies

A three-judge panel at the U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit threw the fate of an important part of the Affordable Care Act into doubt Tuesday. Meanwhile, just an hour later, a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals came to the opposite conclusion – upholding the federal subsidies.... Read more»

Texas cities pushing back on border surge

City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess of League City swung into action shortly after she saw media reports of Central American children sleeping in detention centers along the Texas-Mexico border. She wrote a resolution barring any immigrant from being housed on an emergency basis in her city. A handful of Texas communities have followed suit.... Read more»

Faith in values

Hobby Lobby's win is a loss for religious liberty

When for-profit corporations get the same privileges that have historically been given to religious groups that feed the hungry and care for the sick, religion itself is cheapened and devalued.... Read more»

Colombia: Prospering economy overshadows thousands of political prisoners

As business booms, at least 4,000 political prisoners remain jailed, often for social activism.... Read more»

Hobby Lobby ruling geared to ‘closely held’ firms, but what is that?

The Supreme Court’s decision on contraceptives and employer health plans could affect companies and workers far beyond Hobby Lobby and the other plaintiffs. But nobody seems to know how far.... Read more»

Obama and executive overreach

The issue of executive overreach from President Obama was debated on “Fox News Sunday,” but on two issues, the rhetoric outpaced the facts.... Read more»

High court will hear church’s challenge to Gilbert’s sign ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will consider a Gilbert church’s claim that the town’s sign ordinance discriminates against religious speech by placing stricter regulations on church signs than on other non-commercial signs.... Read more»

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