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Press advocates called the new policy that pushed reporters off the House floor this week 'very troubling,' but Republican lawmakers insist the proposal is merely an additional safety measure.

As state and national press advocates reacted Friday to what they called “invasive” background checks for media at the Arizona Legislature, state House Republicans were refusing to back down on an issue they insist is being blown out of proportion. Read more»


Poor David Gowan. He just wants to be safe. He wants to conduct extensive background checks on journalists, after one had the temerity to report that he'd traveled on the taxpayers' dime while pursuing election to Congress. The threat posed by a reporter like Hank Stephenson of the Capitol Times isn't physical. It's existential. Read more»

One set of records, from the House Republicans, included photos of a cracked phone screen.

Arizona lawmakers are improperly redacting, delaying and denying the release of text messages they've used to conduct legislative business, in violation of state public records laws, the Arizona Capitol Times reported after a four-month investigation. Read more»

Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, Tucson Weekly writer Jim Nintzel, Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans. Read more»

Interviews with Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, former congressional aspirant Dave Sitton, Democratic state Rep. Bruce Wheeler, TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and City Councilman Paul Cunningham. Read more»

Interviews with activist Miguel Ortega, TucsonsSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, DUI defense attorney Jim Nesci, Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson. Read more»

Jim Small, editor of the Arizona Capitol Times, on the primaries, plus Ken Marcus of the Pima Association of Taxpayers remembered Mary Schuh. Read more»

An interview with Mohur Sarah Sidhwa, a Democrat running for state House in LD9, plus TucsonSentinel.com editor Dylan Smith and Arizona Capitol Times editor Jim Small break down the news. Read more»