Changes could be coming to several areas of election law in
Arizona. The elections omnibus bill includes a series of proposals
that have already been debated this year. Among them, one that would allow a
voter to designate someone to return their early ballot for them, but that would
make it a felony for political committees to collect them and turn them in.
Phoenix native Jon Talton was an Arizona Republic columnist for seven years. He has since moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he writes for The Seattle Times and blogs often about Phoenix at RogueColumnist.
The latest proposed owner of the Phoenix Coyotes was quickly rejected by the National Hockey League, leaving the organization with another uncertain offseason. Paul Giblin of The Arizona Republic gave an update on the city of Glendale's involvement in the ownership of the Coyotes and the management of Jobing.
Arizona's public schools continue trying to climb back from deep cuts to their budgets over the past several years. Their planning for the next fiscal year has not been helped by delayed state budget talks at the Capitol.
State budget talks, at least publicly, seemed to be stuck in a rut. That changed earlier this week when Senate leaders introduced a series of budget bills.Jim Small of The Arizona Capitol Times explained why Senate President Andy Biggs is allowing the budget bills to move forward and how impactful Governor Jan Brewer's proposed Medicaid expansion has been on the legislative session.
Senator Jeff Flake proposed new
legislation Tuesday in response to revelations the Internal Revenue Service applied
stricter standards to conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status during the
last election cycle.
A new poll from Phoenix-based Behavior Research indicates that if asked about same-sex marriage, Arizona voters would now approve it.The poll found 55 percent of the 700 adult heads of household questioned in favor, 35 percent were opposed.
The director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is discounting the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendation that states lower the blood-alcohol content for drunk drivers from the current 0.
House Speaker Andy Tobin is proposing an alternative to the governor's plan to add 300,000 people to the state's Medicaid rolls. The state's $250 million share of the cost, under the governor's plan, would come from an assessment on hospitals.
Presidential and aviation buffs can bid on a piece of history today. An airplane that once
carried vice presidents is going up for auction this morning, and it has had
many famous fliers. Its primary
mission was to carry the vice president, but presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan,
Clinton and both Bushes also flew aboard the DC-9.
Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe will marry his partner of eight years in Washington, D.C.
this weekend.Kolbe, who
served southern Arizona
in Congress for 22 years, says it’s unfortunate the state doesn’t recognize
same sex marriage.
The Phoenix Police Department will host its third and final planned gun buyback this weekend after an anonymous donor gave $100,000 for the effort. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced a $100,000 anonymous donation to pay for this weekend's planned gun buyback program alongside Arizonans for Gun Safety President Hildy Saizow and Phoenix Police Commander Mike Kurtenbach.
Arizona voters appear likely to get another chance to weigh
in on a proposal dealing with state sovereignty. The Arizona House on Tuesday approved a measure that would
ask voters to allow the state to restrict its personnel and use of financial
resources to purposes that are consistent with the Constitution, by passing an
initiative or referendum or a new law, or by some other legal remedy.
recipients may soon see a crackdown on their benefits, at least when it comes
to certain industries. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that prohibits the use of benefits at liquor, gambling and adult
New research indicates that Arizona drivers are spending less time on the road. The study found that spikes in gas prices and increased use of mass transit are behind the trend.The report was released by the nonpartisan Arizona Public Interest Research Group.
A new report from the Arizona PIRG Education Fund says the state's driving boom
is over. It says total vehicle travel miles peaked in 2007, and PIRG's Serena
Unrein says driving is likely to decline
further because of demographic changes involving the Millennial
generation: those people born between 1983 and 2000.
Four people are in custody, after a series of metal
thefts at one Peoria
location. Police spokeswoman Amanda Jacinto says police noticed air
conditioning units at a vacant
business were increasingly being stripped, and staked out the area,
arresting two husband and wife teams.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will resume voting on amendments to a comprehensive immigration reform bill on Tuesday. Many of those amendments deal with border security, but a new report sheds light on the data missing from the current debate.
Phoenix wants to improve the financial scorecard for the municipal golf courses it owns and operates. Five of the courses lost a combined $2 million in the last fiscal year, and the city council will consider a plan Wednesday to have outside vendors run some of the operations.
The north rim of the Grand Canyon officially opens to tourists this week. The canyon’s south rim gets far more visitors, but tourists on the north rim may still notice federal budget cuts this summer.