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Ducey lays out how Arizona gyms and bars will reopen

Businesses that Gov. Doug Ducey ordered closed in response to the worsening COVID-19 crisis now have a light at the end of the tunnel after the state set out public health benchmarks that would allow them to reopen.... Read more»

Unhappy hour: Bar owners sue, call Ducey closure order unconstitutional

When he announced an extension Thursday of his order closing bars, gyms, movie theaters and more, Gov. Doug Ducey acknowledged that “businesses and employees have sacrificed” as the state fights the spread of COVID-19.... Read more»

Arizona leads U.S. in growth of new COVID cases

Arizona led the U.S. in the growth of confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday, and if states were viewed as their own countries, the Grand Canyon State would lead the world, according to an alarming analysis by The New York Times.... Read more»1

COVID-19 in Az: Judge refuses to block Ducey order closing gyms

A Maricopa County judge on Tuesday refused to block Gov. Doug Ducey’s order closing gyms across the state, ruling that Mountainside Fitness could not show that the abrupt shutdown order violated the law.... Read more»3

Report: Using funds to keep parks open in government shutdown violated law

The Trump Administration's shift of Parks money during the government shutdown this year "tears at the fabric" of separation of powers, a Government Accountability Office report found.... Read more»

Judge tosses House challenge to border wall funding

A federal judge denied a House request Monday to freeze funds taken for construction of a wall at the southern border.... Read more»

18 reasons this was Obama's worst year yet

US President Barack Obama gave an end-of-year press conference Friday, and it likely — much like his entire year — didn't go as he planned. After brief opening remarks, the president's very first question came from Julie Pace of the Associated Press. "Has this been the worst year of your presidency?" she asked. It all went downhill from there.... Read more»

Park Service balks at requirement to plan ahead for future shutdowns

The National Park Service is not interested in coming up with plans to let states pay to keep parks open should another government shutdown occur, a service official testified Thursday to a House subcommittee.... Read more»

Feds agree to let Az pay to reopen national parks during shutdown

Arizona and other states are able to reopen their national parks like Grand Canyon National Park during the federal government shutdown, the Interior Department announced this week.... Read more»

Immigration advocates push to keep focus on comprehensive reform

Advocates are planning 177 events in more than 150 cities Saturday, which they are calling the National Day for Dignity and Respect. Dawn Le, deputy campaign manager of Alliance for Citizenship, one of the organizing groups, said the day aims to pressure House leaders to move on immigration reform.... Read more»3

Analysis

Good grief! How did we end up in another government shutdown?

It’s almost unbelievable that only 18 years after the disastrous shutdown of 1995, the federal government is in the midst of another shutdown. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) presented the House floor last Saturday with the legislation that sealed the country’s fate—legislation that he and his party’s top leadership argued against for weeks.... Read more»

Government shutdown will not slow down Obamacare in Az

Whether the federal government is shut down or not, insurance “navigators” in Arizona say they are ready to help consumers shop for health insurance coverage in the new federally run marketplaces under Obamacare.... Read more»

Why looming budget battles may still shut down gov’t

The SEC, EPA and Department of Health and Human Services could face partial shutdowns this fall, as a politically polarized Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to approve a new federal budget.... Read more»