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Besides being the largest federal circuit, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is often cited as the most liberal, but legal experts challenged that claim.

Arizona lawmakers introduced bills Wednesday that would pull Arizona and four other Western states out of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and form them into a new circuit. Read more»

Arizona continues to fall short in its adoption of key traffic and vehicle safety laws, according to a national report that ranked states Thursday. Although a texting-while-driving bill has garnered bipartisan support in past years, it has not passed — and a Tucson Democrat backing the measure says it's too important to let go. Read more» 1

A federal appeals court said restrictions on politicking and fundraising by would-be judges are needed to protect the public’s confidence in a court system that bases rulings on the law and not on party politics.

A federal appeals court Wednesday upheld Arizona’s prohibitions on campaigning and fundraising by judicial candidates, saying the rules are necessary to protect “the public’s confidence that judges base rulings on law, and not on party politics.” Read more» 1

The Arizona Board of Regents voted unanimously Wednesday to oppose two bills in the Arizona legislature one Arizona House bill that would allow students and faculty to carry on guns while on campus. Read more»

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