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Effort to punish human smugglers could end up criminalizing undocumented parents

A Republican proposal moving unimpeded through the Arizona legislature conflating child sex crimes and smuggling elicited outrage from Democratic legislators, who said that packaging the two issues in one bill is misleading. ... Read more»

New Arizona legislation would limit mayoral power to shut down businesses in emergencies

Mayors would no longer be able to order businesses to close during a state of emergency under a GOP-backed proposal fueled by anger stemming from the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Arizona cities ordered many businesses to temporarily close.... Read more»

Nativist Republicans call on Arizona Gov. Ducey to militarize border to stop 'invasion'

Ken Cuccinelli - a top Citizenship and Immigration Services official in Donald Trump’s administration - spoke at the Arizona Capitol while flanked by several Republican state legislators to urge Gov. Doug Ducey to use Arizona’s National Guard to turn immigrants back at the border. ... Read more»

Az GOP legislators spoke at QAnon convention full of conspiracies and hate

Four Republican members of Arizona’s state legislature attended a QAnon convention in Las Vegas over the weekend that included speakers from the fringe of the conspiracy world as well as antisemitic imagery. ... Read more»

Arizona Republicans blast vaccine mandate, vow legal action, while Dems support Biden’s policy

Reactions to President Joe Biden’s new COVID-19 vaccine mandate fell sharply along partisan lines in Arizona, with outraged Republicans demanding legal action against what they deemed a tyrannical policy and Democrats, though largely quieter, supportive of the policy.... Read more»

Inspired by MyPillow CEO, Republicans demand information from Arizona elections officials

Fantastical and baseless claims of voter fraud made in a video last week by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell are the basis for a series of public records requests two Republican state legislators have filed with elections officials across Arizona.... Read more»

Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in a 2011 mass shooting, joined congressional Democrats Wednesday to call for Senate action on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, a House bill that would stiffen checks on gun buyers. ... Read more»

Ducey signs '2nd Amendment sanctuary' bill

Gov. Ducey signed a bill Tuesday evening that makes Arizona a “2nd Amendment sanctuary” and bars law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal gun control measures, ignoring a last-minute plea from gun control groups urging him to veto it.... Read more»