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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»1

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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»

Supreme Court battle brewing over Medicaid fees

Providers and patient advocates nationwide worried about a U.S. Supreme Court case that they say could restrict their ability across the country to seek judicial relief from low Medicaid reimbursement rates.... Read more»

Guest opinion

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»2

'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

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