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Arizona schools that don’t display the flag and constitution could face fines

Arizona schools could be fined up to $1,000 if they don't display the United States flag, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.... Read more»

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A 'fair and speedy trial' is a pipe dream for many poor Americans

While most Americans believe arrested people go to court soon after their arrest, Constitutional guarantees of a “fair and speedy trial” are infrequently honored in our under-resourced criminal justice system.... Read more»

Analysis

Lawsuits over bans on teaching critical race theory are coming – here’s what won’t work, and what might

Now that the furor over teaching kids about racism has reached a boiling point in communities across the country - and states and school districts are threatening teachers with disciplinary action - the question naturally arises: Does this violate the teachers’ First Amendment rights?... Read more»

Analysis

Census results shift political power in Congress, presidential elections

New data from the 2020 U.S. census released April 26, 2021, indicates that starting in 2023 – after the next congressional elections – seven states will have fewer seats in Congress than they do now, and six will have more. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

The sordid saga of Arizona democracy under fire, Part MCXXXLIV

Arizona Republicans clearly want to undo the whole messy "democracy" thing. They just cant seem to get out of their own way or stop conjuring up drama.... Read more»

If Trump tries to sue his way to election victory, here’s what happens

It’s easy enough for the Trump campaign to file a lawsuit claiming improprieties, but a lot harder to provide evidence of wrongdoing or a convincing legal argument. Here’s what you need to know as the election lawsuits start to mount.... Read more»

Federal judges block Trump exclusion of undocumented immigrants from Census

A panel of three federal judges ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump’s memo excluding undocumented immigrants from the 2020 census count is unlawful, finding the U.S. Constitution mandates the enumeration of all people in the nation, not solely citizens. ... Read more»

Analysis

Coronavirus quarantines & your legal rights: 4 questions answered

With the spread of a deadly and communicable disease – the coronavirus is both – individual liberties may be temporarily sidelined to protect the larger community. ... Read more»

Undocumented immigrants: Better life – not kid's citizenship – main reason they come to Texas

While President Trump vows to end citizenship rights for children born to non-U.S. citizens through an executive order, political analysts and immigrants themselves say that wouldn't deter illegal immigration.... Read more»

Trump wants to revoke birthright citizenship, but can he act on his own?

Can a president change the Constitution by way of executive order? President Donald Trump thinks he can, saying in an interview this week that he plans to revoke the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Happy birthday, Arizona!

Wednesday is Arizona Statehood Day. To celebrate Arizona’s 106th birthday, we can reflect on the state’s unyielding history of independence from federal control. Joining the union wasn’t easy for the Grand Canyon State — Congress rejected Arizona’s early attempts at statehood, and President William Howard Taft refused to approve the new state until Arizonans tailored their constitution to his liking.... Read more»

Comic: Racial profiling

Smile ... you're under arrest!

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio violated the civil rights of Latinos who were detained during immigration sweeps, a federal judge has ruled.... Read more»

Franks pushes victims’ rights amendment to Constitution

An Arizona congressman and the Maricopa County attorney say the U.S. Constitution should be amended to protect the rights of crime victims.... Read more»1

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Term limits, schmerm limits

Gov. Jan Brewer wants you to know she is not tired of serving the people.... Read more»

Lawmaker wants Az to nullify ‘unconstitutional’ federal actions

Arizona answers to the U.S. Constitution before it answers to the federal government and shouldn’t have to enforce any action from Washington it considers unconstitutional, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Compact for America strikes right balance on war financing

While not perfect, state legislatures are closer to the American people and less likely to be driven by a narrow agenda to abuse the power to incur debt—or to instigate unjustifiable wars. For this reason, HB 2328 rightly puts state legislatures in the position of determining the legitimacy of any request to lift the federal debt limit.... Read more»

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