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Harris has been an outspoken critic of elections in Maricopa County since 2020 and the supervisors have been blamed, at least in part, for their perceived lack of oversight in those elections, something the supervisors have continually defended themselves against.

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives lost their slim majority when Rep. Liz Harris was expelled from the chamber last week, and it doesn’t look like the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is in any hurry to appoint her replacement. Read more»

HB 2094 would allow food trucks to operate in residential areas on private property - if they have permission - and would allow the trucks to ask cities for an exemption from a requirement that they must use a commissary to get rid of their gray water and grease.

A heated debate over a proposed food truck regulation bill in the Arizona Senate last week shone light on stark differences in opinion between Republicans and Democrats in the legislature when it comes to conflicts of interest. Read more»

Sen. Raquel Teran, D-Phoenix.

Senate Minority Leader Raquel Terán of Phoenix and Senate Minority Caucus Whip Rosanna Gabaldón of Sahuarita both announced Feb. 28 that they were stepping down from their leadership positions this week. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, outside of the Abrams Public Health Center.

Despite a "mountain of expertise," Dr. Theresa Cullen will not lead the Arizona Department of Health Services after Gov. Hobbs withdrew her nomination Tuesday. Cullen was blasted by Republican legislators for measures Pima County took during the COVID pandemic. Read more»

All the budget bills passed out of the Senate along party lines with the support of the chamber’s 16 Republicans.

Arizona Senate Republicans passed a “skinny budget” Wednesday afternoon that merely extends much of the $18 billion budget passed last year for another 12 months, despite Gov. Katie Hobbs saying that she intends to veto it if it reaches her desk. Read more»

Arizona Department of Transportation crews work to replace damaged portions of Interstate 10 in 2016.

After the Federal Highway Administration passed over Arizona’s bid for a $360 million grant to widen I-10 between Chandler and Casa Grande, Republican lawmakers are proposing not waiting for federal funds and instead pay for the project solely with state tax dollars. Read more»

A Republican budget proposal sold as a continuation of last year's bipartisan budget while lawmakers head into what will likely be heated debates and economic uncertainty passed its first hurdle Tuesday morning. Read more»

Voters in November authorized allowing undocumented Arizona high school graduates to pay in-state tuition and receive state financial aid.

The Arizona Legislature has been in session for barely a week, and already Republican lawmakers are saying bipartisanship appears firmly out of reach and the state is headed for a government shutdown this summer.  Read more»

Bipartisanship will be critical to passing some of the Democrats’ top priorities, including the much-hoped for repeal of the 1864 near-total abortion ban.

Arizona Democrats have big plans for the new legislative session — and with a Democratic governor to back them, those plans have a better chance of being implemented than they have in recent memory.  Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey has said a new 15-week abortion ban is the controlling abortion law in Arizona, even though a judge ruled last week that a near-total abortion ban written in 1864 is the law of the land. Democrats, community groups and AG Mark Brnovich's office want a special legislative session to end the confusion.

The head of the Arizona Democratic Party and a coalition of liberal organizations are asking Gov. Ducey to call a special legislative session to eliminate confusion over Arizona’s abortion laws, and they have an unexpected ally - the office of Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Read more»

Hon. Kellie Johnson presides over a hearing in Pima County Superior Court in Tucson, Ariz. on August 19, 2022. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is seeking to lift 1972 injunction blocking enforcement of old abortion ban.

A Pima County judge has ruled that a Civil War-era ban on nearly all abortions in Arizona can be enforced in the wake of the Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade, lifting an injunction that kept the law from being enforced for nearly 50 years. Read more»

Arizona Democrats urged their Republican colleagues to support legislation that would ensure paid family and medical leave and greater access to affordable housing at a Tuesday press conference in front of the state Capitol. Read more»

Protesters with the Arizona Coalition to End the Filibuster gathered outside of Sen. Kysten Sinema’s office in Phoenix on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, to pressure the senator to support ending the filibuster. Phoenix police arrested 10 people at the rally who staged a sit-in.

Arizona Democrats formally censured Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Saturday for her vote to preserve the filibuster and refusal to join her Democratic colleagues in carving out an exception to the 60-vote threshold to allow a voting rights bill to pass. Read more»

Until 1975, Arizona still required literacy tests to vote as a way to suppress Indigenous and Latino votes.

State Democratic legislators from Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida outlined their efforts to protect voting rights and expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures, as nearly 400 bills with restrictive voting provisions have been introduced in 48 states. Read more»

Galya Ochoa, 19, is a member of Living United for Change in Arizona. She wants Arizona legislative leadership to stop the controversial audit and recount of the 2020 election in Maricopa County.

Two community groups and Democratic lawmakers asked Senate President Karen Fann to stop the controversial election audit and focus instead on hearing from families struggling to recover economically from the pandemic as lawmakers hammer out a budget. Read more»

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