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After going eight years without an execution, Arizona put three men to death by lethal injection in 2022, and state officials are seeking a death warrant on a fourth. Prosecutors say the sentences are long overdue for crimes committed, in some cases, decades ago, but critics say it’s too soon for a state that has had severe problems with its death penalty protocols.

After an eight-year hiatus, Arizona executed three death row inmates in 2022 - the most death sentences carried out in the state in a decade - and Attorney General Mark Brnovich has set the wheels in motion for a fourth execution, which could come after he leaves office next month. Read more»

The House gave bipartisan approval to a measure that would head off a possible national rail strike by forcing workers to accept a tentative contract they had rejected. The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.

Most members of Arizona’s congressional delegation joined the rest of the House Wednesday to give overwhelming bipartisan approval to a bill that would head off a national rail strike by imposing contract terms on rail workers’ unions. Read more»

The Washington trip was not the first action in support of Oak Flat by the Brophy Native American Club, which includes students from Brophy and Xavier.

A lobbying by students at Arizona's Brophy Native American Club to draw attention to the fight over Oak Flat came in a week when courts and congressional panels handed a string of setbacks to the Resolution Copper mine. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich outside the Supreme Court with Chief Deputy Attorney General Joseph Kanefield, who argued for the state in Cruz v. Arizona. The case involved a death-row inmate seeking a new sentencing hearing in the 2003 killing of a Tucson police officer.

Supreme Court justices challenged Arizona’s claim Tuesday that a death row inmate should not get a chance to appeal his sentence, based on what one justice called a “Kafkaesque” ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court. Read more»

Critics of the measure called it a 'solution in search of a problem.'

Proposition 309 would require Arizona voters to show a photo ID when they vote in-person and also require people who vote by mail write their birth date, ID number or the last four digits of their Social Security number on a “concealed early ballot affidavit” before signing and returning it. Read more»

Proposition 209 would ease the stress on patients with overdue medical bills - one of the leading causes of consumer complaints - so they could keep jobs and homes and eventually pay off their debts, backers say. But critics say the measure will affect all debt and up rewarding those who don't pay their bills while penalizing those who do.

Proposition 209 would increase protections for Arizona residents who face potential wage or asset seizures because of outstanding debt - but critics say the proposal will backfire, rewarding people who don’t pay their bills and punishing people who do. Read more»

Among the groups calling for the Biden administration to move more quickly on the expungement of cannabis possession convictions were former inmates who had been convicted on the charge.

Students from across the country rallied outside the White House Monday to demand that President Joe Biden deliver on a campaign promise to release prisoners convicted of marijuana possession. Read more»

A supporter signs the Save Our Schools Arizona petition that would stall the expansion of the state’s empowerment scholarship accounts – school vouchers – and put the issue on the 2024 ballot. Petition organizers now say they may have fallen short of their goal.

Officials with Save Our Schools Arizona, who said Friday that they turned in thousands more signatures than needed to force a vote on an expansion of Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, conceded this week that they “definitely got the numbers wrong.” Read more»

A member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Police Department on hand for the 2010 signing of the Tribal Law and Order Act. The bill helped tribal police regain some of the authority they had lost in prior decades – authority that advocates say is being lost through the Supreme Court’s ruling in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta.

Indigenous leaders called on Congress Tuesday to reverse a Supreme Court ruling that expands states’ ability to prosecute crimes on tribal land, a ruling they said threatens their sovereignty and their ability to protect their citizens. Read more»

Media and civil rights groups appear to have been successful in their effort to block a new law that would have made it a crime to videotape police within 8 feet of an officer. A preliminary injunction by a federal court judge blocking the law looks like it will take effect without being challenged.

Rep. John Kavanagh, the sponsor of an Arizona law that would have made it a crime to videotape police, conceded Friday that it will not take effect after he failed to meet a deadline to challenge a court’s injunction of the law. Read more»

A worker demonstrates her skills last month at the Chicago Women in Trades facility. Illinois was one of the top 10 states for union representation last year, at 13.9% of workers, more than 2.5 times Arizona’s rate of 5.4%, despite slow gains in the state.

After bottoming out at 4% in 2017, labor union membership in Arizona has been slowly rising, but it is still well behind levels of previous years and only about half of the national average. Read more»

A new Biden administration plan would forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt for people making up to $75,000, a plan that conservatives say goes too far and progressives say does not go far enough.

There are nearly 900,000 Arizonans who could benefit from the Biden administration’s plan for student debt forgiveness – and almost as many opinions about whether or not the plan is worthwhile. Read more»

A federal appeals court said a lower court erred when it issued a verdict in writing instead of in person, denying José Maria Nuñez-Ramirez 'the fairness, integrity, and legitimacy of the judicial proceedings' in his trial on drug-smuggling charges.

A federal appeals court ruled that the rights of a drug-smuggling defendant - found in a remote section of the Arizona desert - were violated when a district court handed down his conviction in writing and not in open court, denying him an opportunity to appear. Read more»