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Conservative GOPer announces challenge in vast CD 1

State Sen. Steve Smith, who represents Marana and Oro Valley as well as his home of Maricopa, is tossing his hat in the ring to seek the Republican nomination for Arizona's 1st Congressional District, which stretches from just north of Tucson all the way to Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.... Read more»

Arizona craft breweries embracing new beer law

One of the owners of Tempe-based Four Peaks Brewery said they plan hire more people and expand their brand, which includes releasing more specialty beer. Randy Schultz and the other co-owners said they were thrilled when Gov. Doug Ducey signed the "Arizona Beer Bill." ... Read more»

Ducey vetoes bill to shield officers’ names after police shootings

Ducey's veto letter said Arizona law already gives police departments the ability to withhold names. It also said the legislation contained "ambiguities" that went beyond the stated goal of protecting officers and their families. ... Read more»

Legislation to kill Common Core advances in state Senate

Gov. Doug Ducey said leaders can make the changes he wants to see to Arizona’s version of the Common Core standards without a law striking them down, but legislation continues to move forward.... Read more»1

Capitol roundup: Powdered alcohol, guns, police secrecy & a cat fight

This week at the state Capitol: The Legislature is on track to finish its business early this year with this week being the final one for most committee meetings. The goal for legislators is to wrap up the session in the next couple of weeks, but the House and Senate still saw new legislation introduced. ... Read more»1

Advocates slam bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings

Keeping the names of law enforcement officers secret for up to 60 days after the use of deadly force would create a larger divide between citizens and the police force, advocates said Wednesday.... Read more»3

Bill to keep officers’ names secret after shootings moves forward

Despite objections from open-government and civil rights activists, a state Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would allow law enforcement agencies to withhold for 90 days the names of officers involved in deadly force incidents.... Read more»1

Bill would 'completely gut' Arizona open meeting law

A lawmaker said Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and wants to allow elected boards to talk out of the public eye. The current law requires all meetings that include a quorum of a government body to take place in public. Critics said the proposal would defeat the purpose of transparency laws.... Read more»2

Arizona ‘beer bill’ would lift production cap for microbreweries

Local breweries face a dilemma: They can produce more beer. But if they do, they would have to close their restaurants. One state lawmaker wants to change that. ... Read more»1

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How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws

Kansas’ “Second Amendment Protection Act” backs up its states’ rights claims with a penalty aimed at federal agents: when dealing with “Made in Kansas” guns, any attempt to enforce federal law is now a felony. Bills similar to Kansas’ law have been introduced in at least 37 other states — including Arizona.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Rep. Steve Smith defends his controversial bills

The Friday Focus interview with state Rep. Steve Smith (R) from Maricopa. Then, it's the Reporters' Roundtable with Linda Valdez, editorial writer for The Arizona Republic, and Mark B. Evans, administrator of the TucsonCitizen.com. Plus, Weekend Watch with Matt Russell.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: UA Poetry Center searches for a new leader

An interview with Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, plus financial planner Shelly Fishman, and LD 11 GOP candidate Steve Smith talks about his three-way race for two state House seats.... Read more»

Freshman state senator focused on immigration

State Sen. Steve Smith was focused on one issue during his campaign: illegal immigration. His colleagues say he hasn't lost sight of what got him elected.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Schools must step up on bullying

A Senate panel endorsed a bill Monday that would expand requirements for school districts when it comes to bullying, intimidation and other forms of harassment among students, including allowing policies to cover incidents that occur off campus.... Read more»

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Buckmaster: Lawmaker wants to make it harder to recall legislators

Arizona Rep. Steve Smith wants to make it tougher to recall Arizona legislators and accountant Michael C. Flowers has end-of-year tax tips.... Read more»

Arpaio: Posse will not go to the border

Nearly 3,500 volunteers in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office’s posse help arrest illegal immigrants and fight other crimes, but don’t expect them to patrol along the U.S.-Mexico border, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday.... Read more»