The 1 cent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2010 as Proposition 100 expires on Saturday. The vote occurred while Arizona's economy was in the middle of the recession and the state's budget was deep in a deficit.
Arizona's 3rd District Representative, Democrat Raul Grijalva, said he is in favor of the Senate's immigration reform plan, especially when compared to what is being considered in the House, which Grijalva said is too punitive.
When the legislative session began, increasing funding for Child Protective Services seemed like a foregone conclusion, but progress has stalled in the House.Representative Kate Brophy McGee of Phoenix talked about the delay and her expectations about the higher funding eventually being approved.
The Butterfly Wonderland opened over the Memorial Day weekend just outside of Scottsdale on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa reservation. It is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in the U.S.Mike Fox, Executive Director of Butterfly Wonderland, explained about the butterfly species, the conditions in the pavilion and why people are so drawn to butterflies.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has responded -- via YouTube -- to a court order blocking his agency from conducting immigration sweeps and using race as a factor in traffic stops. The sheriff implied the failure was at the federal level.
Officials with a Southern Arizona National Park say two men have come forward and are cooperating with an investigation into cactus vandalism there. Late last week, at least one saguaro cactus was knocked over and cut in half at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.
The arts community around the Valley continues to shake things up with new, forward-thinking programs. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is right out front. KJZZ commentator Robrt Pela had this perspective on an ongoing series called "Lit Lounge.
Arizona State University has
released its top 10 new species list for 2013. The list includes a
glow-in-the-dark cockroach and the smallest vertebrate on Earth, a tiny frog. The
creatures on the list were selected by Arizona State University's International Institute for
symbolic move, a majority of the Phoenix City Council has endorsed federal
immigration reform.The City
Council cast the symbolic vote in support of the legislation approved by the
Senate Judiciary Committee last week.
p.m.– that is the deadline to collect the 335,000 signatures needed to recall the
self-proclaimed “toughest sheriff in America.”
The push to oust Arpaio from office got a boost Friday when a federal judge ruled his office had racially profiled Latinos.
More people statewide were
charged with drunk driving over the Memorial Day weekend compared to last year,
and the Governor’'s Office of Highway Safety is concerned. Director Alberto Gutier said
he would like to see the number of traffic stops go up and the number of DUI
arrests go down, but just the opposite happened this Memorial Day.
Glendale city officials met Tuesday with National Hockey League representatives as well as with prospective team owners. Thee groups continue to discuss future plans for the Phoenix Coyotes.A Glendale spokeswoman said the city council will not make a decision regarding the ownership of the Coyotes until all information has been collected and all available options have been considered.
Last Friday a federal judge ruled the Maricopa County
Sheriff’s Office engaged in racial profiling against Latinos. The court ordered
the sheriff’s department stop those practices. Attorneys for the plaintiffs indicate
they will ask the court to appoint a monitor to make sure the sheriff’s office complies.
Police have identified a body
found floating in Tempe Town Lake. Gerrick Begay was discovered
between the railroad bridge and the Mill
Avenue Bridge around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday. Begay was 21 years old and a Tempe resident, police said.
A group of Democratic state lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday about allegations of sexual and ethical misconduct at the Arizona National Guard. The public forum follows a series of recent investigations into bad behavior over the past eight years.
Arizona drivers will start seeing messages targeting two
members of the state’s Congressional delegation.
The NRCC hopes billboards like this one will help defeat Ron Barber and Ann Kirkpatrick in 2014.
A major office project near
was announced Friday. The complex is part of a public-private venture and a Fortune 500 corporation will lease the space. NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: City of Tempe
and Arizona State
University officials announced the
construction of a $600 million office complex adjacent to the Tempe Town Lake.