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Arizona House moves forward on code of conduct before session ends

More than a year has passed since state legislative leaders promised a code of conduct for its members, but the House Ethics Committee still has not produced a code or a policy on sexual harassment.... Read more»

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Lesko, Tipirneni win CD8 special primary

Former state Sen. Debbie Lesko had a commanding lead over a crowded Republican field in the hotly contested special election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks. Democrat Hiral Tipirneni had comfortable lead in the Democratic primary, setting up an April 24 special election between the two women.... Read more»

More than 100,000 early votes cast in hot CD8 race

Voters went to the polls Tuesday for a special primary election to replace former Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, but the nearly 2,000 who had showed up by late morning were dwarfed by the more than 101,000 mail-in ballots in the race.... Read more»

Crowded field for CD8 special election raises more than $1.1 million

A week before the special primary to fill former Rep. Trent Franks’ seat in Congress, new campaign finance reports show a Democrat has raised and spent more than any candidate in the heavily Republican district. Hiral Tipirneni had raised $306,318.78, well over the $270,491.38 raised by the next-highest fundraiser, Republican Phil Lovas, and more than $270,000 above her nearest Democratic opponent, Brianna Westbrook.... Read more»

Lawmaker pressing for study of water desalination

A state lawmaker wants to create a committee to study the feasibility of using desalinated water to augment Arizona’s water supply.... Read more»1

Az law will require students to pass 'citizenship test' to graduate

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday requiring every Arizona high school student to pass the same civics test required of new citizens. Supporters say the change addresses a lack of understanding among young people about how the U.S. government works.... Read more»1

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J.C. Scott: Candidates Buehler-Garcia, Montenegro

Interviews with Hank Stephenson of the Arizona Capitol Times, Jesse Lugo, and TucsonSentinel.com columnist Jimmy Zuma; plus Ben Buehler-Garcia, Republican Ward 3 Tucson City Council candidate, and Rep. Steve Montenegro, who's seeking the Republican nomination for Arizona secretary of state.... Read more»

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Tiny Somerton, Ariz. leads way in transparency

With a population of 14,500 and a location south of Yuma, until recently I had never even heard of Somerton, Arizona. Yet, this tiny town serves as one of the best examples of what financial transparency by the government ought to look like. ... Read more»

GOP lawmaker targets public employee unions

Only one in 20 Arizonans is a member of a union, but that hasn’t stopped several Republican state lawmakers from pushing bills aimed at restricting organized labor. Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Peoria wants to rein in unions representing public employees such as police officers, firefighters and teachers — groups he says take advantage of taxpayers.... Read more»

Affirmative action ban changes little on Az’s campuses

It's been more than a year since Arizona voters banned preferential treatment in state services based on race, ethnicity and gender – but little has changed on the state's university campuses.... Read more»

Brewer signs bill to ban race- and sex-selection abortions

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that makes Arizona the first state to ban abortions based on the race of a fetus and one of the few that have banned abortions based on gender.... Read more»

Bill to ban abortions based on race, gender headed to Brewer

A bill that would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion based on the fetus' race or sex is headed to Gov. Jan Brewer's desk.... Read more»1

House OKs banning abortions based on race, gender

Following an hour of heated debate, the state House gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill that would ban abortions sought because of the fetus’ race or sex.... Read more»

House panel advances bill to ban abortions based on gender or race

Having an abortion because of the fetus' sex or race is a violation of human rights, a Republican lawmaker said Wednesday. (with video)... Read more»1

GOP lawmaker: Ban abortions sought because of race or sex

If a state lawmaker has his way, women seeking abortions in Arizona would be required to sign documents saying they’re not terminating a pregnancy because of the fetus’ race or sex.... Read more»

Transparency in gov't spending pushed

Arizona gets an "F" when it comes to helping taxpayers see where and how their money is being spent, according to a report released Tuesday by an advocacy group.... Read more»

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