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Gov. Ducey Ending Pandemic Occupancy Limits For Businesses
Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a new executive order that lifts pandemic occupancy limits on businesses. Under the executive order, occupancy percentage limitations will expire for businesses such as restaurants, gyms, theaters and bars.
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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To AZ Election
The U.S. Supreme Court has tossed another of the challenges to the Arizona election returns.
Feb. 22, 2021
Senate To Debate Bill To Let Lawmakers To Appoint Presidential Electors
It is crossover week at the Arizona Capitol, when the House works to finish up its bills to send to the Senate and vice versa. It means long agendas for floor debates and votes. And it also means to expect more of what are called "strike everything amendments."
Feb. 22, 2021
Confirmation For First Native American Cabinet Member Draws Close
Another Senate confirmation hearing for one of President Biden’s Cabinet is scheduled later this week. If approved this would be a first in the nation’s history.
Feb. 21, 2021
Navajo Generating System Closure To Cost Coconino County $40M
The closure of the Navajo Generating System in Coconino County in 2019 is expected to cost the county $40 million of its 2022 budget, according to county officials.
Feb. 21, 2021
Pro-Second Amendment Rally Held On State Capitol Lawn
A pro-Second Amendment rally was held on the Arizona state Capitol lawn on Saturday. Hundreds of people attended the event.
Feb. 20, 2021
Mexico’s Controversial Coronavirus Czar Gets COVID-19
Mexico’s coronavirus czar has become a well-known controversial character in his country. While he heads the strategy to fight the pandemic, he has been criticized for not following the same health protocols he recommends. And this weekend he revealed that he has contracted COVID-19.
Feb. 20, 2021
AG: Ducey Could Declare New Emergency If Lawmakers End Current One
A push by some Republicans to end the public health emergency Gov. Doug Ducey declared nearly a year ago is going nowhere fast. But even if it did, it wouldn’t stop Ducey from quickly declaring another one, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.
Feb. 19, 2021
Mexico: Biden Administration, Social Media Encourage Migrants
Migrations from Central America to the United States continue, despite recent caravans dissolving. The Mexican government says migrants are encouraged by information on social media and their faith in the Biden administration — while using children to facilitate their transit.
Feb. 22, 2021
Republicans Advance Bill To Mandate Pledge of Allegiance Through Grade 4
Republican members of the House Government and Elections Committee voted to mandate the Pledge of Allegiance in schools for anyone in kindergarten through fourth grade.
Feb. 19, 2021
Rep. Finchem Files Ethics Charges Against Accusers
Freshly cleared of violations by the chair of the House Ethics Committee, Rep. Mark Finchem filed his own complaint against 28 House Democrats and 14 Senate Democrats charging them with having conspired to punish him for exercising his First Amendment rights.
Feb. 19, 2021
Legislators Take Issue With Gov. Duceys Sports Betting Deal
Arizona legislators are starting to pick apart a gambling deal Gov. Doug Ducey would like to strike with the tribes. The measure, Senate Bill 1797, would allow legal betting on sporting events and on "fantasy sports'' leagues.
Feb. 19, 2021
GOP Lawmakers Move To Ban Private Funds For Election Operations
The monumental task of hosting an election in the middle of the pandemic was aided in part by private funding. Now some Republican representatives in the Arizona House want to prohibit state and local election officials from accepting those dollars in future elections.
Feb. 19, 2021
Arizona Senate Republicans Pass Subpoena Insurance Policy
Arizona Senate Republicans voted to retroactively change a law that could force Maricopa County officials to hand over 2020 voting records and election equipment they’ve so far refused to provide. SB 1408 states that the Legislature’s authority to conduct an investigation on any matter “may not be infringed by any other law.”
Feb. 19, 2021
Politician Will Run For Governor Despite Sexual Abuse Accusations
Mexico will hold elections in June for local and state officials. One of the candidates, running for governor of the state of Guerrero, is facing allegations of rape and sexual abuse. But Mexico's president is downplaying the accusations.
Feb. 19, 2021
Mexico’s Vaccination Program Faces Election-Related Controversy
The Biden administration is pushing to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations, while making them more accessible for everyone. But in Mexico, the government is being criticized for what many consider a slow process that is also raising privacy concerns.
Feb. 18, 2021
AZ ACLU Executive Director Moves On After 15 Years
Over the course of 15 years, Alessandra Navidad led Arizona's branch of the ACLU through all sorts of battles — the most widely-known being SB 1070, the immigration enforcement law that affected the world’s perception of Arizona. Now she's leaving to work with the Arizona Animal Welfare League.
Feb. 18, 2021
AZ Mirror: Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem At Center Of Election-Related Conspiracy Theories
As former President Trump was pushing baseless conspiracy theories about the election being stolen in states including Arizona, one of his most loyal supporters here was state Rep. Mark Finchem. Jerod MacDonald-Evoy of the Arizona Mirror has been reporting on Finchem.
Feb. 18, 2021
GOP Lawmakers Want To Make It Harder For Voters To Enact Laws
Republican lawmakers are moving to make it harder for Arizona voters to enact laws. An Arizona House bill preserves the right of voters to propose their own laws, but instead of allowing approval on a simple majority, it would require a 60% majority.
Feb. 18, 2021
Phoenix Debates Moving Police Oversight Funds To Homeless Services
Pitting one group against another – that’s how some Phoenix residents viewed an item on Wednesday's city council agenda.
Feb. 18, 2021
City OKs Millions More For Homeless Services
Two weeks after approving a zoning request for more shelter beds, Phoenix is now devoting millions more for homeless services. Central Arizona Shelter Services, the state's largest shelter, says the money will add 275 beds by summer and help bring on more case managers.
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Feb. 17, 2021