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Democrats respond to Ducey's State of the State speech

Arizona House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer and Arizona Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 24) made the following statements in response to Gov. Doug Ducey's State of State address: ... Read more»2

Dems slam conservative group behind SB 1062, abortion bill

The advocacy group behind legislation such as SB 1062 and attempts to restrict abortions has too much power over the Legislature, Democratic leaders said Tuesday.... Read more»

Think tank: Az’s education cuts 3rd-deepest in nation

A liberal think tank said that only Oklahoma and Alabama made deeper cuts to K-12 education funding than Arizona during the economic downturn. It says Arizona reduced funding by an inflation-adjusted 17.2 percent from fiscal 2008 through fiscal 2014. ... Read more»

Az House Dem: GOP refusing to hear gun-violence bills

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, said he's troubled that none of the bills making up his Safer Schools, Safer Communities plan has been scheduled for a committee hearing. He says that by ignoring his bill GOP leaders are avoiding discussion of the issue. ... Read more»

Business leaders: Common Core Standards will improve workforce

While executives said the standards will boost the number of job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills, they also urged lawmakers to provide funding to train teachers on implementation. All schools are required to use the standards by next school year. ... Read more»

Demonstrators march for women’s rights, seek repeal of laws

As the legislative session began Monday, scores of women and men urged lawmakers to repeal laws from last session that limit access to contraception and abortion.... Read more»

Obscure group’s donations include campaign against Dem lawmaker

Americans for Responsible Leadership, a Phoenix-based nonprofit, continues to pour money into the opposition against Proposition 121 and Proposition 204 and added to its activities by funding a mailing this week opposing a Democrat for state House.... Read more»

Panel: Toss wait for lawmakers to become lobbyists

A state House committee Tuesday narrowly endorsed scrapping a state law that prevents legislators from serving as paid lobbyists at the Capitol for a year after leaving office.... Read more»

Salvia divinorum

Lawmaker seeks to restrict sales of hallucinogenic herb

A bill aiming to keep a hallucinogenic herb called salvia divinorum out of the hands of young people would send a clear message to parents and the public that the substance poses risks, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»