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Az Democrats call on Republicans to support paid leave, affordable housing

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»

Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema over filibuster support

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»

State Dems relate experiences on front lines of voting rights struggle

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»

Community groups tell Fann to stop election 'audit', focus on struggling Arizonans

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»

Az Republican lawmakers pass bill critics say ‘erases’ non-binary people

The proposal by Rep. John Fillmore would bar all Arizona state agencies, departments, boards or commissions from identifying an individual’s sex as anything other than male or female.... Read more»

Community groups launch COVID relief fund for undocumented families

When Gov. Doug Ducey was asked during an April 2 town hall event what message he had for the state’s undocumented community, who are left without access to state and federal economic relief programs to assist people during the COVID-19 crisis, the Republican leader provided no comfort or reassurance.... Read more»

Endorse check: Value of Arizona endorsements mixed in presidential race

Arizona lawmakers have been busy offering endorsements to candidates in hopes of having an impact in the state’s presidential primary.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Herrod's anti-abortion claims parroted by Phx media

Cathi Herrod and her socially conservative organization are one of the most powerful lobbying forces at the Arizona Capitol. And the way she was quoted in an ABC15 story about abortion — verbatim, unchallenged, with no rebuttal or further context provided after — is maddeningly typical. ... Read more»

Arizona becomes first state to recognize all out-of-state occupational licenses

Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed a bill into law that makes Arizona the first state to grant across-the-board recognition of out-of-state occupational licenses. ... Read more»

‘Let’s get to work’: Ducey touts accomplishments, lists water & education as top priorities

Education funding and the looming threat of water shortages were among the key issues Gov. Doug Ducey emphasized in his State of the State address Monday afternoon.... Read more»

Poll: Az elections will turn on immigration reform

With the Hispanic population in Arizona growing, a report from a lobbying group said that the future of the Republican party in the state hinges on the passage of immigration reform.... Read more»

Democrats, activists raise red flags over GOP election bills

Republican lawmakers’ attempts to address the myriad problems that came up during last fall’s election are being met with skepticism from Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups.... Read more»