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Anti-LGBTQ 'hatred bills' are dangerous to Arizonans — and bad for business

Homophobic bills advanced this session by Arizona lawmakers are descendants of a shameful Arizona legacy and a decrepit conservative agenda out of step with the nation - in fact, not even representative of the mainstream GOP.... Read more»

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Ducey is the first Arizona governor in decades to give an 8th State of the State

One of Doug Ducey’s most historically noteworthy achievements may be simply lasting long enough as governor to give an eighth State of the State address, a feat no Arizona governor has accomplished in 36 years. ... Read more»

Arizona leaders’ decade of neglect imperiled fragile child care system. The pandemic nearly made it collapse.

A $1.2 billion infusion of federal funding has kept an already fragile Arizona child care sector from failing, giving state leaders a shot at reforming a broken system of their own making, and perhaps bringing hope for the stability that parents and providers have craved for years. ... Read more»

Forty years later, legacy of Arizona's Arnold v. Sarn lives on

Charles “Chick” Arnold, godfather of Arizona’s mental health care system and plaintiff in one of the longest-running class action lawsuits, retired in 2020, something that would not have been possible if not for attorney Josh Mozell, who took on Arnold’s caseload - and his cause.... Read more»

Arizona has permitted all-mail elections for 30 years

The all-mail elections underway across Arizona for school district bond and override issues, which raised concerns among several Republican political figures this week, have been permitted by state law for 30 years. ... Read more»

Former Arizona National Guard head McGuire running for U.S. Senate

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael “Mick” McGuire, the former head of the Arizona National Guard who was a ubiquitous presence at the governor’s weekly briefings about the COVID-19 pandemic last year, has filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate next year.... Read more»

Arizona Senate sitting on millions as it outsources election 'audit' funding to pro-Trump groups

Private groups are raising outside money to help the Arizona Senate pay for its election audit, and it turns out there’s an entity with several million dollars to spare that they could turn to — the Arizona Senate.... Read more»

Former Justice Andrew Gould joins race for Arizona attorney general

Former Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould has joined the race for attorney general. The Yuma Republican filed a statement of interest and campaign committee paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office on April 14.... Read more»

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Gould eyes run for attorney general

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Gould, a Republican who has served on the Supreme Court for four years, is considering running for attorney general. Arizona’s rules of judicial conduct prohibit sitting judges and justices from running for office or campaigning for others, so Gould will have to step down from the Supreme Court if decides to run for attorney general. ... Read more»

Ducey calls for $600 million in permanent income tax cuts

Gov. Doug Ducey will push to make $600 million income tax cuts, phased in over the next three years, and he wants those cuts to be broad-based so they will affect as many Arizonans as possible. However, history has shown that today’s surplus can quickly turn into a deficit, and that tax cuts that go into effect when revenues are strong can become a drag on the state’s budget when the economy goes south.... Read more»

Advocates think health care funds safe for now, worry about future

Arizona health care advocates are confident that President Donald Trump’s plan to slash billions from health services is “dead on arrival” in Congress – but that doesn’t mean they’re not angry at the administration’s direction.... 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»

Guesting game: Lawmakers send messages with State of the Union guests

Arizona lawmakers appear to understand that their guests can bring along attention, with many bringing guests to President Trump’s State of the Union to highlight issues ranging from health care to immigration and border security.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

10 reasons to give Arizona a shot if Iowa can't pull caucus together

It's time for the Hawkeyes to start figuring out what Super Tuesday balloting feels like and I got just the state to take it's place. It's hot. It's dry. It's neither corn-based nor high-fructose and it's got a pair of rainbow shades.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Another 'presto, change-o' state tax on local government explained

When the state of Arizona runs into budget troubles, it rolls things downhill and makes counties pay for them. These are tax increases magically imposed by the state with fast, tricky hands. This is a column about the politics of who pays, who doesn't and who looks good doing it.... Read more»

Tucson faces potential legal battle with state over 'sanctuary city' petition

A petition to declare Tucson a sanctuary city is being circulated for signatures, and if it becomes city code, it could conflict with the last vestige of Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 – the so-called “show me your papers” law.... Read more»

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