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David Bradley, former legislator from Tucson, dead at 69

David Bradley, former minority leader in the Arizona State Senate and a behavioral health expert, died Saturday at age 69. The Navy veteran served in the Legislature across nearly two decades. Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags to half-staff on Sunday in his honor.... Read more»

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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»

Application process opens for redistricting commission

The application process is now open for anyone hoping to serve on the next Independent Redistricting Commission, officially starting the process that will determine the boundaries of Arizona’s legislative and congressional districts for the next decade.... Read more»

Az Dems quote convicted cop killer, wanted terrorist in statement about George Floyd

A press statement issued by Arizona Senate Democrats about a Minneapolis police officer's killing of an unarmed black man quoted Assata Shakur, a convicted cop-killer and fugitive who is still wanted by the FBI for murder and domestic terrorism.... Read more»

Senate ends annual legislative session without taking up bills

For the second time this month, the Senate has adjourned the 2020 legislative session. This time, it may stick.... Read more»

Senate plans to end 2020 legislative session Friday, House will not

Senate President Karen Fann announced Thursday morning that her chamber will end the 2020 legislative session on Friday. But the House of Representatives won't do the same, House Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Thursday evening, after Republicans in that chamber rejected the idea.... Read more»

Endorse check: Value of Arizona endorsements mixed in presidential race

Arizona lawmakers have been busy offering endorsements to candidates in hopes of having an impact in the state’s presidential primary.... Read more»

Monday musings: Analysis

White flag flies over Ducey’s SB1070 attempt

In his State of the State speech last month, Gov. Doug Ducey called for a 2020 ballot measure constitutionally banning "sanctuary cities," breathing new life into the acrimonious immigration debate.... Read more»

Despite last year’s promise, Arizona Legislature still has no code of conduct

In the wake of several behavior scandals, the Arizona Legislature pledged last session to adopt a code of conduct in order to hold members more accountable for their actions in office. Nearly a year later, that code doesn’t exist.... Read more»

‘Let’s get to work’: Ducey touts accomplishments, lists water & education as top priorities

Education funding and the looming threat of water shortages were among the key issues Gov. Doug Ducey emphasized in his State of the State address Monday afternoon.... Read more»

What is Arizona doing about gun control?

Last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla., put the national debate about gun control back into the spotlight. But at least one Arizona lawmaker remained skeptical much would change in Arizona.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Church of Blake wants a piece of Az's school voucher action

So how can Blakeism make taxpayer dollars with no accountability work for me as I spread a vision some may find morally repugnant? Stick it to the suckers, that's how. Arizona lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill to give tax money to religious schools. Well, I've got a church and I will teach those little ragamuffins all they need to know.... Read more»2

Cursive on track to make a comeback in Az schools

Cursive — not required by Common Core teaching standards — has disappeared from Arizona public schools, but a new Senate bill would require cursive reading and writing be taught. ... Read more»

Fund schools, parents and educators tell Az legislators

Parents and educators descended on the State Capitol on Tuesday to voice their concerns to legislators about the poor state of Arizona's education system.... Read more»

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