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Republican Rep. Liz Harris testifies before the House Ethics Committee on March 30.

The Arizona House of Representatives Ethics Committee questioned Republican Rep. Liz Harris about the Feb. 23 meeting she organized wherein a speaker accused a church and a list of elected officials of being involved in an illicit money laundering scheme. Read more»

State Sen. Justine Wadsack's first 100 days on the job has trolled Demcorats into launching a recall effort.

Sen. Justine Wadsack is acting like there's not a book she won't censor and a decision she won't make for parents as their state legislative overlord. Recalling her is tricky. Beating her the old-fashioned way may be easy and the path to Democratic control in the Legislature. Read more»

Appealing to confirmation bias and manufacturing outrage with deceptive posturing for profit, popularity or power while turning away from facts is a cynical and hypocritical strategy. Read more»

The measure’s author, Sen. John Kavanagh, has repeatedly denied accusations that the bill unfairly targets trans students, framing it instead as a protection of modesty.

Republican lawmakers are charging ahead with their attacks on transgender Arizonans, despite veto promises from Gov. Katie Hobbs, unanimously backing a measure on Tuesday that calls for separate school facilities for trans students. Read more»

Republicans pushed back on criticism that the bill would bans books, but many Republicans used books about the LGBTQ+ community as examples of books that should not be allowed in schools.

U.S. House Republicans on Friday passed a bill designed to empower parents to inspect books and other teaching materials in local public schools, but Democrats sharply criticized the measure, saying it would censor teachers and ban books. Read more»

Currently, employers are directed to provide reasonable accommodation for employees with religious exemption requests, which can include wearing a mask, working remotely or being moved to an area where there is a risk of contact with vulnerable populations.

Businesses in Arizona would be fined if they deny their employees religious exemptions for the flu vaccine and any vaccine with emergency authorization under a GOP proposal on its way to the governor’s desk. Read more»

The single-page document by Garland directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to be on alert for 'a disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence' aimed at local school officials and teachers.

U.S. House Republicans continued to press accusations that a “woke agenda” is deteriorating parents’ rights, targeting a memo by Attorney General Merrick Garland instructing federal law enforcement to open lines of communication on threats to local school board members. Read more»

A drag artist performs on the stage at Phoenix Pride Festival 2011.

Arizona GOP lawmakers are continuing to promote legislation targeting drag shows, while insisting that their proposals aren’t actually about drag shows at all after the term "drag shows" was removed on March 2 when the Senate debated the bill. Read more»

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots.

Following in the footsteps of six conservative-led states, Senate Republicans want to pull Arizona’s membership from a multistate coalition that aids in cleaning voter rolls, following false claims that the coalition is part of a liberal conspiracy to rig elections. Read more»

Tempers flared Monday night after Republican State Senator Sonny Borrelli admonished a speaker for using the term 'conspiracy theory' to refer to false election fraud claims peddled by some Republicans.

Nearly a month after Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes released documents further disproving claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, Senate Republicans continue to make such claims in the election committee. Read more»

In the event the two chambers cannot reach a bipartisan agreement on spending by October, they can pass a stopgap spending bill, known as a continuing resolution, that extends current funding levels for months, or they could begin a partial government shutdown.

Federal departments and agencies say U.S. House Republicans’ plans to cut federal spending would result in reductions to key programs like food aid, education assistance and wildfire management. Read more»

One of the bills, SB1030, initially sought to require a county board of supervisors to regulate businesses that host drag shows by adding them to the list of regulated adult-oriented businesses.

Arizona Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to support two bills aimed at regulating drag shows and related performances, despite concerns that the bills are intended only to regulate and ostracize LGBTQ people and content. Read more»

The law is made up of several parts, including a ban on elective abortions carried out because of a genetic abnormality and a provision that ascribes all the rights and protections of a U.S. citizen to the unborn fetus.

Arizona Republican legislative leaders have been given the go-ahead by a federal judge to defend a 2021 abortion law in court after Attorney General Kris Mayes said she wouldn’t. Read more»

Republican state Sen. Anthony Kern stands next to an LED screen truck at a protest of a Glendale elementary school district board’s decision not to renew a student teaching contract with a religious university because of its requirement that its students commit to an anti-LGBTQ statement of faith. Kern, who represents Glendale, gathered and led a group of protestors on March 9, 2023.

Republican lawmakers are taking sides in Arizona school board conflicts to advance their battle against perceived leftist agendas in the classroom, and public school advocates say when political rhetoric takes center stage, the education community suffers. Read more»

Mayor Regina Romero launched her campaign for reelection at the Viscount Suites on Wednesday, which was also International Women's Day, by touting her success during the first four years of her term.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero launched her reelection campaign this week, timing it with the celebration of International Women's Day as she boasted the work she's done for the homeless, small businesses and families in the city. Read more»

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