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Wave of legislative resignations means new faces at Arizona Capitol this year

In the barely six months since last year’s legislative session ended, there’s been a wave of resignations at the Arizona Legislature: three state senators, all Democrats, left their seats and nine House members are no longer in the lower chamber. ... Read more»1

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Democratic State Rep. Fernandez resigns to take USDA post

Democratic State Representative Charlene Fernandez is resigning to take a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ending seven years as a representative for Yuma and parts of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. ... Read more»

Finchem-led nonprofit among groups billed $400K for Az election ‘audit’ security

Newly released documents show that the Arizona “audit” has spent more than $400,000 to hire off-duty police officers to provide security for the ballot review that concluded last month at the state fairgrounds. ... Read more»

Tucson lawmaker asks court to reject Jan. 6 defamation case from Finchem, Gosar, Kern

Tucson Democratic Rep. Charlene Fernandez is asking a court to dismiss a defamation case brought against her by two Republican state legislators and a GOP congressman because statements Fernandez made to the FBI about the two GOP legislators are privileged. ... Read more»

Finchem recall campaign pulls plug on trying to force OV lawmaker from office

The recall campaign against Oro Valley Republican lawmaker Mark Finchem has ended after the group conducting the recall determined it would not be able to collect the needed signatures by the looming July 8 deadline. ... Read more»

Rep. Finchem threatens to sue recall campaign over Capitol riot claims

Rep. Mark Finchem, currently running for Arizona secretary of state, has sent a cease and desist letter to the group seeking to recall him from office, calling on them to destroy campaign materials that claim he has connections to the Oath Keepers militia and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.... Read more»

Mark Finchem, leading booster of election 'fraud' conspiracy, wants to run Arizona elections

State Rep. Mark Finchem, one of the legislature’s leading proponents of the baseless allegations and conspiracist claims that former President Donald Trump was cheated out of the 2020 election, is running to be Arizona’s top elections official.... Read more»

Az House committee OKs bill letting businesses ignore mask mandates

The House Commerce Committee gave preliminary approval to House Bill 2770 which would bar the state, counties and cities from forcing businesses to enforce mask mandates on their premises. ... Read more»

Judge dismisses Dem lawsuit challenging independent redistricting candidates

Democratic legislative leaders' lawsuit to disqualify two of the five finalists for independent chair of the state's next redistricting commission fell flat after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that the disputed applicants didn't violate the criteria set out in the Arizona Constitution.... Read more»

Judge to hear arguments on halting redistricting selection process

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will hear arguments Thursday morning over whether to temporarily halt the selection process for the ARIC during a lawsuit seeking to disqualify two finalists for the panel.... Read more»

Tucson developer David Mehl tapped as Az GOP redistricting commissioner

House Speaker Rusty Bowers has selected the first member of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, choosing David Mehl, a Southern Arizona developer, as the first of two Republican commissioners.... Read more»

Asset forfeiture reform bill falls victim to COVID-shortened Leg session

Senate Bill 1556 would have made a number of changes to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture system, under which law enforcement and prosecutors can take money and property allegedly used for or resulting from crimes. Chief among them would be to require a criminal conviction before property can be permanently taken.... Read more»

House ends session, but fate of business lawsuit protections uncertain

The civil liability bill — which would require that those who sue after contracting COVID-19 show that the business committed gross negligence, rather than the current standard of negligence — can't proceed unless without Senate action... Read more»

Ducey extends Arizona's coronavirus restrictions until May 15

With Arizona's COVID-19 restrictions set to expire, Gov. Ducey announced they will be extended for two weeks, with gradual lifting of some bans. Ducey said "the spread has been slowed," but "we're not going to undo this."... Read more»

'Skinny' budget with coronavirus aid passes after weekend delay

The Arizona House of Representatives passed a so-called “skinny budget” that includes a $50 million aid package to assist victims of COVID-19 and others harmed by the pandemic. The $50 million can be used for food banks, housing assistance and economic assistance to healthcare providers. ... Read more»

Trump's tariff on Mexican goods 'baffling,' 'reckless,' say critics from right & left

President Trump has once again threatened to punish Mexico over migrant crossings with a tariff — this time of up to 25 percent — but critics including the Az Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Grijalva called the move everything from "baffling" to "unhinged."... Read more»

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