To talk about Mark Kelly officially entering Arizona’s U.S. Senate race and President Trump’s national emergency declaration and more, Chuck Coughlin, president and CEO of HighGround, and David Lujan, director of the Arizona Center for Economic Progress, joined The Show.
Arizona’s Supreme Court expanded its roster by two justices in 2016 after action by the legislature. Gov. Doug Ducey has become the beneficiary of that growth, and he’ll have another opportunity, with Justice John Pelander retiring from the court later this year.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1014 into law Thursday, eliminating the controversial four-hour mandated block of English-language instruction (ELL) for English language learners in the state. It’s a move that’s being celebrated by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and welcomed by educators.
The Show was joined by Arizona Republic investigative reporter Dennis Wagner. He and his colleagues spent nine months reporting on the border wall back in 2017— that really gives a stark reminder of how long this debate has been going on.
Republican lawmakers are once again trying to make it more difficult for citizen groups to propose their own laws. A bill that’s moving through the Arizona legislature would impose new requirements that could keep a measure from ever getting to voters.
The White House announced Thursday that Pres. Donald Trump plans to sign the spending bill passed by both the House and Senate, but then sidestepped Congress and declared a national emergency to "stop the national security crisis at the border." KJZZ’s Fronteras and Mexico City desks fanned out across the region to speak with officials in both countries about the new plan for the border.
President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. The controversial move is not unprecedented but it will likely draw legal challenges.
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