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Phoenix School District To Require All Students, Staff Wear Face Mask
The Phoenix Union High School District has announced it will require all students, staff and visitors wear face coverings when schools start on Monday, Aug. 2, despite a new state law that bans public schools from doing this.
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15 GOP Governors Urge Release Of Census Redistricting Data
Fifteen Republican governors sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S. Department of Commerce urging that the U.S. Census Bureau release redistricting data as soon as possible, saying further delays would hurt efforts to redraw congressional and legislative districts.
June 23, 2021
Arizona Senate Passes Budget, Tax Cut After House Dems Walk
Arizona House Democrats refused to show up at the Capitol on Tuesday, blocking debate on a budget and a major tax cut primarily benefiting the wealthy. But the Senate plowed ahead, working until 2:30 Wednesday morning to pass the 11 bills including the tax cut.
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June 23, 2021
Phoenix To Weigh Public Benefits Of Tax Breaks To Developers
After providing the controversial tax incentive for 22 projects, Phoenix leaders will take a closer look into how the public benefits from the government property lease excise tax program, often referred to as a GPLET.
June 22, 2021
2022 Arizona Governors Race: The Candidates
Here are the candidates who have declared their candidacy for Arizona governor in the 2022 race so far. Gov. Doug Ducey's second term ends in 2023, and Arizona state law bars him from serving more than two consecutive terms.
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June 22, 2021
Republican Rep. Bolick Running For Secretary Of State
Republican State Rep. Shawnna Bolick is running for Secretary of State, she announced Tuesday. Bolick wants to focus on election issues, restoring voters’ trust and de-politicizing the office, she said in a statement announcing her candidacy.
June 22, 2021
A Road Map For Teaching Civics In A Politically Divided U.S.
The debate over how and when to teach civics is ongoing and has been somewhat contentious between progressives and conservatives. Paul Carrese of Arizona State University's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership was involved with a team of scholars in developing the "Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy."
June 22, 2021
House Democrats Block Vote On GOP-Backed Budget
Republican legislative leaders were poised to adopt a new state budget and massive income tax cut on Tuesday, only to be stymied by Democrats on a procedural technicality.
June 22, 2021
Bill Requires Officials To Investigate Uncured Ballots
The Arizona House approved legislation that could send prosecutors or criminal investigators to the doors of some people whose signatures on their early ballots don't match what is on file.
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June 21, 2021
Teachers Union Decries Proposed Flat Income Tax
As lawmakers continue state budget negotiations, Arizona teachers gathered at the state Capitol to urge them to protect Proposition 208 and denounce a proposed flat income tax and tax cap.
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June 21, 2021
Boas: Why Flooding Border With Immigration Judges Could Ease Influx
Both Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Gov. Doug Ducey have attached themselves to actions related to solving — or at least improving — the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. Sinema is focused on the asylum system, while Ducey emphasizes increased law enforcement. Bob Robb of the Republic wrote about the respective ideas.
June 21, 2021
Fiscal Year Ends Next Week; No Budget Deal Yet
The clock is ticking on the current fiscal year. As of June 21, there are 10 days left until the calendar turns, and state lawmakers and the governor still have not approved a new budget.
June 21, 2021
Humble: Christ, Ducey Misusing Emergency Power
Former Arizona state health director Will Humble says the emergency powers allowed to Gov. Doug Ducey and the current state health director, Dr. Cara Christ, should be ended.
June 20, 2021
Recall Effort Against House Speaker Bowers Fails
A campaign to recall House Speaker Rusty Bowers failed on a technicality. Petitions to recall the Mesa Republican were turned into state officials without a crucial form as required by law.
June 18, 2021
Ducey Signs $100M Bill For Wildfire Prevention, Recovery
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a $100 million plan to fight current fires, but not before hearing from Democratic leaders about what's not in the legislation: preventing future blazes by dealing with climate change.
June 18, 2021
Backers Of Democratic Voting Bill Leave Phoenix For D.C.
Packed suitcases rolled across scorching pavement to be loaded onto buses set to take hundreds of people from Phoenix for Washington, D.C. Their goal is to pressure lawmakers into passing the For the People Act, a Democratic-supported voting rights and election bill stalled in Congress.
June 18, 2021
Ducey: Universities Can Require Other Vaccines, Just Not COVID-19
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey doesn’t plan to change current requirements for MMR vaccines despite his move this week to block state university requirements for students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Press aide C.J. Karamargin told Capitol Media Services that’s because the MMR vaccines are in a different category.
June 18, 2021
Ducey Tries To Drum Up Support For $12.8B Budget And Tax Cut
Unable to advance his proposed $1.9 billion permanent tax cut at the Arizona Capitol, Gov. Doug Ducey is now going public — or at least to business interests — in a bid to build public pressure.
June 17, 2021
Scottsdale Resumes In-Person City Council Meetings
After more than a year, Scottsdale will resume in-person City Council meetings on Tuesday.
June 17, 2021
Mexico City Elects Its First Migrant Congressperson
After the recent Mexican midterm elections, Mexico City got its first migrant congressperson, who will represent citizens living abroad. The elected official lives in New York City and promises to build stronger ties between Mexico’s capital and the U.S.
June 17, 2021
No Masks Required At Most Phoenix City Buildings
Effective Thursday, masks and social distancing are no longer required for fully vaccinated people in most city facilities in Phoenix.
June 17, 2021

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