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GOP leaders pressure Hobbs to donate $1.3M in excess inaugural cash
The top two Republican lawmakers want Katie Hobbs to put money left over from the inaugural celebration into a state account — where it can't be used to elect more Democrats.
Ex-CIA Director Criticizes Trumps Battle With Intelligence Community
Former CIA Director John Brennan has been consistently willing to challenge President Trump’s negativity toward the intelligence community. Brennan was in Arizona last week as part of ASU’s Barrett Honors College’s John J. Rhodes Lecture.
March 4, 2019
Whats Behind A Bit Of Chaos In Arizona House
Committee agendas will pick up again this week at the Arizona Capitol, after last week’s work focused on sending bills from one chamber to the other. For our weekly look-ahead at what to expect at 1700 W. Washington St., Katie Campbell of the Arizona Capitol Times joined The Show.
March 4, 2019
Why The Drought Contingency Plan ‘Deadlines’ Don’t Tell The Full Story
As Arizona and other Colorado River states move ever closer to finishing the Drought Contingency Plan to boost Lake Mead, the federal government is moving forward on a parallel track. That path would create a federal plan in case the states don’t finish by the deadline. But what is the deadline?
Climatologist: Recent Snow, Rain Likely Not Enough To Head Off Drought
March 4, 2019
SNL Lampoons Gosar At Cohens Hearing
"Saturday Night Live" took a few jabs at Republican members who oversaw Wednesday's hearing of convicted presidential attorney Michael Cohen, with Arizona's Rep. Paul Gosar among them.
March 4, 2019
Expanded In-State Tuition Bill Heads To Arizona House
A bill that would set one in-state college tuition rate for any student who graduates from an Arizona high school will be debated by the House Education Committee Monday.
March 4, 2019
Wave Of ICE Releases Forces Advocates To Scramble
Advocates said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released hundreds more migrants and asylum seekers this weekend than the agency had told volunteers to expect, and the system to help them was overwhelmed by the volume.
March 4, 2019
School Responds After Controversy With Trump Apparel
Officials at Perry High School in Gilbert are responding after parents accused school administrators of demanding students remove clothing and accessories with President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” logo.
March 4, 2019
U.S. Negotiating Steel Tariffs
The U.S. is continuing its negotiation over the trade of steel and aluminum with Canada and Mexico, Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told members of a legislative committee this week.
March 4, 2019
AZ Lawmakers Debate New Car Rental Regulations
Arizona House lawmakers approved a measure that would allow individuals to rent out their own cars with minimal regulations. HB 2559 also excludes peer-to-peer car rentals from state and county taxes paid by traditional rental car companies.
March 1, 2019
Can Diplomacy Solve The So-Called Border Crisis?
From the initial demand that Mexico will pay for a border wall, to a national emergency declaration to pay for it, so much has been focused on building security on the border. It can be easy to forget about other approaches to easing immigration — like diplomacy.
March 1, 2019
Protest Over Officer Shooting Breaks Out At Tempe City Hall
The Tempe City Council has approved a new cell phone ban for drivers. But, that wasn’t the most controversial aspect of last night’s meeting, as it ultimately turned into a protest that spilled outside city hall. To talk about what happened, Paulina Pineda of The Arizona Republic joined The Show.
March 1, 2019
Is The U.S. Meaningful To AMLO After 90 Days As President Of Mexico?
Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) celebrates his first 90 days as president of Mexico. He has been compared to U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln — and Donald Trump. But what’s his take on the United States?
March 1, 2019
Documentary, House Bill Aim For AZ Justice Reform
A push for criminal justice reform is happening across the country as strange bedfellows like the Koch Brothers and the ACLU find themselves on the same side for some proposed changes. In Arizona, the push comes in the form of House Bill 2270.
Feb. 28, 2019
New AZ Education Standards Focus On Creativity
Last fall, the Arizona Board of Education voted to make major changes to the teaching standards that guide our state educators in subjects like history, social studies and science. According to teacher Renee Howell, it will allow for less memorization and more creativity in her classroom.
Feb. 28, 2019
Arizona Rep. Gosar Calls  Cohen A Pathological Liar
For much of Michael Cohen's congressional testimony in from of a House committee, Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have called President Donald Trump's former lawyer a liar.
Feb. 27, 2019
Mexican Secretary Of State In D.C. To Discuss New Migrations
Olga Sánchez Cordero will hold her first official encounter with American authorities to discuss migrant groups from Central America, Asia and Africa. Mexican authorities say India has become the second country of origin of transitory migrants after Honduras, followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh, Congo and Nigeria.
Feb. 27, 2019
Lawmakers Plan To Exempt Veteran Pensions From Taxes
An Arizona Senate panel voted Tuesday to exempt retired veterans from having to pay state income taxes on their pensions. But it faces an uncertain future amid opposition from some lawmakers of both parties who question why all veterans, including retired general officers, should get such a break.
Feb. 27, 2019
Can Artificial Intelligence Violate Humanitarian Laws?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is already embedded in many of our lives and will likely expand even further. Some are concerned that AI is going to lead to mass job layoffs, while others wonder if the AI of science fiction is going to send us humans down the proverbial food chain.
Feb. 26, 2019
Maricopa Recorder Prepares For Upcoming Elections
Every election cycle includes some bumps in the voting process, and those can include extremely long lines, thanks to a reduction in places to vote or something relatively minor, like a polling place being locked when voters show up first thing in the morning.
Feb. 26, 2019
Former Secretary Of State Emails Missing
Recently, the Arizona Mirror filed a public records request for emails sent during former Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s tenure in office, but when current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ office searched for the information, they found the emails for Reagan, along with her top staffers, seem to have been deleted.
Feb. 26, 2019

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