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Az Senate approves $150M in tax credits for film producers

Arizona landscapes would have a better chance of ending up on the silver screen under a legislative proposal to lure production companies to the Grand Canyon State with $150 million in tax credits that the Senate has approved. ... Read more»

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Az GOP 'smart' ballot drop boxes come with a hefty price tag, if they’re ever created

Republicans hope to replace outside ballot drop boxes with “smart” boxes that don’t yet exist and will cost 500% more than the ones that Arizona counties already use, based on the unfounded claim that ballot-box stuffing helped steal the election from former President Trump.... Read more»

Nearly 90% of Arizona voters use early ballots. Republicans would eliminate that to combat imagined fraud.

Driven by false claims that the 2020 election was plagued by fraud that changed the outcome in statewide races — but not their own victories — Republican legislators gave initial approval to a host of proposals that critics say will make it harder for Arizonans to vote.... Read more»

Ducey: Texto completo del 8o y último discurso sobre el 'Estado del Estado'

El gobernador de Arizona, Doug Ducey, se centró en sus logros e ideas para el futuro el lunes cuando pronunció su discurso sobre el estado del estado por octava y última vez, algo que ningún gobernador de Arizona ha hecho en más de tres décadas.... Read more»

Ducey: Full text of 8th and final 'State of the State' speech

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey focused on his accomplishments and ideas for the future Monday as he delivered his State of the State address for the eighth and final time – something no governor of Arizona has done in more than three decades.... Read more»

Tribal gaming issues could derail Arizona bill to allow 'historic horse racing' gambling

Tribal opposition could sink a bill to allow wagering on old horse races, which comes as Gov. Doug Ducey is hoping to push through a new gaming compact and legislation to legalize sports betting in Arizona. Under the state’s gaming compact, tribes are limited in operation in exchange for the state limiting gambling outside of reservations to things like the lottery and pari-mutuel horse racing that predate the compact and were grandfathered in.... Read more»

Arizona GOP proposal would criminalize 'intimidating' police, first responders

A bill introduced before the Arizona Senate wants to make it a felony to intimate police, firefighters or other first responders because they are members of the law enforcement community, which critics say is an attempt to criminalize protests against police violence like those seen across Arizona last summer.... Read more»

Arizona primary elections might be held earlier in August

A bill that would move up the date of the Arizona primary election passed through the House Elections Committee on a party-line vote last week.... Read more»

Open U.S. House seats draw Az hopefuls – and millions in funds – before primary

Republican congressional hopefuls in Arizona’s 1st District have raised more than $3.3 million ahead of Tuesday’s primary, already surpassing the $2.4 million that GOP candidates in the district raised for all of 2014.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pay tribute to Gowan's water entitlements

Let's talk water rights and water entitlement. Few cases better illustrate how the Legislature has looked out for the "little guy" over the last quarter-century. Water security is key to the future of Sierra Vista — not to mention Ft. Huachuca — but Tribute's developers see it as a just bump on their road to fortune.... Read more»1

Capitol roundup: KidsCare, reporters return, bill updates

Legislators still have not presented their response to the budget. Instead the major news at the Capitol this week revolved around the House of Representatives temporarily suspending new security protocols that barred reporters from the floor.... Read more»

Gowan backs down on de-facto press ban

The speaker of the Arizona House bowed to widespread pressure and announced Tuesday morning that he is rescinding a background check policy that targeted reporters, keeping media critics from working on the floor of the legislative chamber.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Barr: 'No one fooled' by Gowan's retaliation against reporter

The attorney for the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, Dan Barr, blasted Gowan's move to kick reporters off the chamber floor in a letter to the state House speaker, saying, "no one is fooled by what is going on here."... Read more»

As nat'l press groups react, House GOP won’t back down on reporter access

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»

What the Devil won't tell you

Trigger warning: How to cover Speaker Gowan so he feels safe

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»

Gowan targets legislative reporters with background check

Arizona Statehouse reporters, in protest of a new “invasive” background check instituted by House Speaker Gowan, covered Thursday’s session from the public gallery instead of the House floor. Reporters believe the measures were introduced to target a journalist who has reported stories putting Gowan in an unfavorable light.... Read more»1

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