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Senators Would Stop Micropolitan Label For 144 US Cities
Some lawmakers are trying to stop 144 American cities from losing their designations as “metropolitan areas.” The federal government wants to update the standard from at least 50,000 residents in a city's urban core to a minimum of 100,000 people. Republican John Thune of South Dakota and Democrat Mark Kelly of Arizona introduced Senate legislation Tuesday that would stop the Office of Management and Budget from making the change. The lawmakers said the downgrade would cause real harm, preventing urban areas from getting designated federal funding and making them less attractive for economic development.
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Lawmakers Advance $100M Fire Fund In Special Session
The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in driving blazes and drought.
June 17, 2021
Amazing Opportunities Coming To Former Kmart In Phoenix
Phoenix is moving forward with plans to turn a former Kmart store into a center that offers education and workforce training. The City Council wants to transform acres of asphalt and an empty 118,000-square-foot building into an innovation center.
June 17, 2021
Phoenix Street Signs To Honor Murdered Arizona Republic Reporter Don Bolles
A hotel in central Phoenix will honor an Arizona Republic reporter killed by a car bomb 45 years ago. In June 1976, Don Bolles drove his white Datsun to the Clarendon Hotel. The investigative reporter, known for covering corruption in the racing industry, thought he was meeting a potential source.
June 17, 2021
Women Win Big In Mexico’s Elections, But Challenges Remain
Mexico’s elections on June 6 were historic for the sheer number of open seats to be filled at the federal, state and local levels. But after votes were tallied, another milestone emerged: A record number of women were voted into office this year. It’s one more step in a years-long battle for political parity in the country. But there’s still a long way to go.
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June 17, 2021
Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon Enters Governor’s Race
Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Arizona, a post he narrowly lost 18 years ago to Democrat Janet Napolitano.
June 16, 2021
New Education Tax Again Survives; Appeal Pending
A trial court judge has thrown out several legal challenges to a new voter approved tax on high-earning Arizonans. Tuesday's ruling leaves just one additional issue raised by challengers to Proposition 208 in play at the trial court.
June 16, 2021
Former AG Holder: Audit Will Do Long-Term Damage
Debate continues in D.C. over the proposed For the People Act, which deals with issues like voter access, election security and redistricting, among many others. Among its supporters is former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in the Obama administration and is currently chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
June 15, 2021
Brnovich To U.S. AG: Stay Out Of Election Audit
In a letter, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning his federal counterpart to stay out of the way of the Maricopa County ballot audit. Last week, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland suggested ballot reviews, like the one in Arizona, are “based on disinformation.” He also said his agency is watching and may take action.
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June 15, 2021
Arizona Legislature To Consider $100M More To Fight Wildfires
The Arizona Legislature will convene in special session this week to consider adding $100 million in funding for fighting wildfires and to boost the amount of money available to clear hazardous brush and deal with the damage of flooding from fire-ravaged mountains.
June 15, 2021
Reports: People Impersonating Yavapai County Recorders Office Workers In Prescott
The Yavapai County Recorder’s Office is warning residents about solicitors trying to obtain personal voting information by impersonating county employees. Both Prescott police and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office have been alerted to the incidents.
June 15, 2021
What Sonoras Gubernatorial Election Means For Mexico, Arizona
Sonora, Arizona's neighbor to the south, recently elected a new governor — and did so in a fairly convincing fashion. To get a better sense of how that election played out and its implications for the Arizona-Sonora relationship, The Show spoke with KJZZ's Murphy Woodhouse, who is based in Sonora's capital Hermosillo.
June 14, 2021
Boas: Audit Doing Lasting Damage To GOPs Credibility
In a column over the weekend in the Arizona Republic, author and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch wrote that the current process is part of creating public doubt about broader U.S. norms — not just our elections.
June 14, 2021
Why Mike Broomhead Has Soured On Election Audit
The counting continues at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, as do the headlines generated by the state Senate’s ongoing audit of Maricopa County ballots and election equipment. Mike Broomhead, host of the Mike Broomhead Show on KTAR, was OK with the audit when it started, but has since soured on the process.
June 14, 2021
Lawmakers To Continue Budget Work, Start Special Session On Wildfires
State lawmakers are continuing work this week on a new state budget, but that’s not the only big issue they’ll be dealing with.
June 14, 2021
ADOT: Repealed $32 Fee Still Applies To July Registrations
A vehicle registration fee is facing controversy once again as the Arizona Department of Transportation and at least one lawmaker disagree as to when the fee is supposed to no longer be charged.
June 14, 2021
Fann Unhappy With GOP Opposition To Unemployment Boost
With only a couple weeks left before the start of the new fiscal year, Arizona Legislators are running into more budget roadblocks.
June 14, 2021
County Attorney Dismisses Charges Against Protesters
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Friday it is permanently dismissing charges against protesters who were arrested in the fall of 2020 in downtown Phoenix.
June 13, 2021
AZ Budget Discussion Stalled For Special Wildfire Session
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a special session for the state Legislature focused on wildfire mitigation and prevention. Ducey says wildfires are the new top priority, so the ongoing state budget discussions are moved to the back burner.
June 11, 2021
Nearly 19,000 Delinquent City Of Phoenix Water Customers Owe $9.6 Million
Phoenix, Tempe and El Mirage are the only Valley cities that still keep water flowing to homes and businesses that are behind on their bills. Early in the pandemic, nearly every city issued a moratorium on disconnections.
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June 14, 2021
In Budget Stalemate, Arizona Republicans Struggle With Reality Of One-Vote Majorities
Arizona lawmakers on Thursday inched another day closer to a June 30 deadline to adopt a budget, as Republicans of different stripes dug in their heels over plans to cut billions of dollars in taxes.
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June 10, 2021