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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

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Digital-age privacy; TUSD curriculum leaks

Interviews with Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, Republican state Rep. Ethan Orr, Councilman Steve Kozachik, Washington correspondent Jimmy Zuma, TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, and Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: State House maneuvering over Medicaid expansion

Interviews with Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, former congressional aspirant Dave Sitton, Democratic state Rep. Bruce Wheeler, TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and City Councilman Paul Cunningham.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Reforming state sales tax

Interviews with developer Richard Studwell, systems analyst Mark Spear, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer , Ken Strobeck of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, and Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Budget expected to pass Az Senate on Thursday

Interviews with activist Miguel Ortega, TucsonsSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, DUI defense attorney Jim Nesci, Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Candidates Buehler-Garcia, Montenegro

Interviews with Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times, Jesse Lugo, and TucsonSentinel.com columnist Jimmy Zuma; plus Ben Buehler-Garcia, Republican Ward 3 Tucson City Council candidate, and Rep. Steve Montenegro, who's seeking the Republican nomination for Arizona secretary of state.... Read more»