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Arizona sportsbooks have made $225 million in 6 months

Through the first six months of legalized sports gambling, Arizona's state coffers have yet to cross the $10 million mark, while sportsbooks have made $225 million.... Read more»

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Pima County revisits COVID policies as virus become endemic

Pima County is revisiting COVID-19 public health policies, including vaccine requirements and sick leave for government workers, as the number of weekly cases of new infections among area residents continues to decline.... Read more»

Maricopa County officials blast AG Brnovich for 'false' report on his 2020 election probe

In a scathing letter, Maricopa County officials laid into Attorney General Mark Brnovich for issuing a report last month that was "full of false innuendo and misrepresentations" about the 2020 election.... Read more»

A top Ducey aide raised nearly $13k from lobbyists whose cash he promised to shun

Matt Gress, budget director for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, received 24 separate contributions from lobbyists totaling nearly $13,000 - after promising not to accept any contributions from lobbyists during the legislative session.... Read more»1

Ducey will decide fate of GOP bill to make it easier for Arizona parents to sue teachers

A bill to allow parents to sue Arizona teachers for "usurping the fundamental right" of a parent in raising their children won approval is now one signature from becoming law.... Read more»

Voters can’t decide fate of massive tax cuts, Arizona Supreme Court rules

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that voters cannot determine the fate of a flat tax proposal that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey championed last year and designed to blunt the effect of the Invest in Education Act on wealthy Arizonans.... Read more»

Tunnel Fire northeast of Flagstaff 0% contained, Ducey declares state of emergency

Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a state of emergency in response to the Tunnel Fire in Coconino County that has currently burned more than 20,000 acres and has 0% containment.... Read more»

Arizona churches couldn’t be closed down in future pandemics under bill on Ducey’s desk

Religious organizations would be granted wide berth to remain open during health crises if a bill sent Tuesday to Gov. Doug Ducey is signed into law.... Read more»

Bill targeting mask mandates in Arizona schools passes Senate, moves to Ducey’s desk

The future of classroom COVID-19 mitigation measures now lies in Gov. Doug Ducey’s hands: A bill the state Senate approved Monday would force schools to seek parental consent if they want to keep their students masked up. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Runaway torpedo: Who will be hit by Arizona's new 'citizen voter' law remains unknown

There's no consensus about who or how many will be affected by Arizona's new "proof-of-citizenship" voting law — which is exactly how we want the state to target its power, right? (dripping sarcasm). ... Read more»

Arizona budget surplus grows to $5.3 billion

The combination of state tax collections that continue to exceed expectations and a recent court ruling striking down a voter-approved tax increase to spend more money on public schools means that Arizona lawmakers will have almost $5.3 billion in surplus revenue in the upcoming budget.... Read more»

Ducey has final say on legislation to protect religious adoption, foster agencies from discrimination claims

Foster kids in Arizona overwhelmingly outnumber licensed foster families, and a bill on Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk could shrink their options even further by allowing agencies to deny applicants based on religious beliefs. ... Read more»

Arizona protected Airbnb with 2016 law, but cities & activists hope to regain regulating power

With Arizona law tilted firmly in favor of Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms, cities and towns looking to stop the negative effects of homes in quiet neighborhoods being rented out as “party houses” are increasingly finding their hands tied. ... Read more»

Arizona’s legislative salary commission hasn’t met since 2014, doesn’t even have members

The Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers - tasked with proposing salary increases for statewide elected officials, members of the judiciary and lawmakers - hasn't held a meeting since 2014, and doesn’t even have enough members for a quorum. ... Read more»

DOJ warns Arizona it will sue to void new anti-trans laws

Just two days after Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law controversial bills targeting trans Arizonans, the U.S. Department of Justice sent a letter to all state attorneys general warning of legal action against laws that violate constitutional and federal non-discrimination protections.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Time of the season for hatred: Transgender kids are in Arizona's legislative crosshairs

Gov. Doug Ducey, apparently needing to keep his fortunes alive in what is increasingly a rage-a-holic Republican Party, signed two bills that basically tell transgender kids "you are freaks and we don't like you."... Read more»

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