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Governors attempt to bridge deep political divides in big D.C. meeting

Governors of both parties from throughout the United States met here over the weekend to try to speak on a unified front about what their states need from the federal government - but the waters were muddied by governors’ clearly divided political views about two major issues.... Read more»

Sister act: Sister cities, many in Arizona, step up if nations falter

Though the relationships between most sister cities center on student exchanges, citizen diplomacy can step up and fill the gaps left by national politics, as was on display when Phoenix Sister Cities Vice President Rick Gerrard made the connections that led to receiving 100 N95 masks for Gilbert first responders from its sister city, Leshan, China.... Read more»

Federal COVID aid package could block Ducey’s tax cuts for Arizona

President Biden’s massive pandemic stimulus law pumps a welcome infusion of federal aid into state and local government coffers — but one brief section is raising questions about whether states are barred from cutting their own taxes if they accept the federal help.... Read more»

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

As part of his national strategy to combat the pandemic, President Joe Biden signed an executive order requiring mask-wearing and physical distancing in federal buildings, federal lands, public transportation, and by federal employees and contractors. He also issued a broad call for Americans to mask up during the next 100 days. ... Read more»

Biden promises 'no national shutdown' despite surge in COVID-19

President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association.... Read more»

Ducey, cities want federal COVID aid

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have questioned whether the federal government should provide aid to state and local governments that are facing massive fiscal problems as they grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, dimming the hopes of governors and mayors who have asked Congress and the White House for financial lifelines.... Read more»

Analysis

Coronavirus quarantines & your legal rights: 4 questions answered

With the spread of a deadly and communicable disease – the coronavirus is both – individual liberties may be temporarily sidelined to protect the larger community. ... Read more»

Will Common Core math standards survive — and who's behind them?

Jason Zimba and the other writers of the Common Core knew the transition would be tough, but they never imagined conflicts over bad homework would fuel political battles and threaten the very existence of their dream to remodel American education.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Why aren't people with disabilities part of Az economic equation?

Upon her recent return from the National Governors Association meeting, Gov. Jan Brewer touted Arizona's economic recovery. Unfortunately, Arizonans with disabilities continue to be left out of the state's economic success and blueprint.... Read more»1

Arizona among states looking for ways to drop, cut Medicaid

Huge budget shortfalls are prompting a handful of states to begin discussing a once-unthinkable scenario: dropping out of the Medicaid insurance program for the poor.... Read more»