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What has — or hasnt — been achieved in gun reform since Giffords shooting
As the world struggles to address another mass shooting at an elementary school, some Arizonans have been working nonstop for years to reform gun laws in a state and country generally resistant to such efforts.
Tensions high at AZ Senate during school shooting debate
Tensions were high on the Arizona Senate floor Wednesday as lawmakers debated the root causes of this week’s shooting at an elementary school in Texas.
Senate committee will investigate Rogers online comments
The Arizona Senate's ethics committee voted Wednesday to formally investigate a Republican lawmaker's online comments that appeared to blame the federal government for the recent massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Bipartisan retirement security bill moves through House
A bipartisan effort to improve retirement security is working through Congress. The SECURE Act 2.0 has passed through the House, and looks to improve on the original bill, which became law in late 2019.
April 11, 2022
AZ budget talks behind schedule as 100-day session mark nears
This year’s state legislative session has reached the 90-day mark, and the deadline to pass a new budget is less than three months away. According to legislators, the 100-day mark usually signifies the end of preliminary budget work.
April 11, 2022
Navajo Nation lawmakers struggle to pass $1B spending bill
Disagreements between the Navajo Nation president and Legislative Council have led to the failure of a proposed American Rescue Plan Act spending bill, meaning $1 billion remains unspent after months of negotiation.
April 9, 2022
Phoenix Mayor Gallego gives State of the City speech
Gallego talked about work by the police department, which is chronically short-staffed, and under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
April 9, 2022
Arizona Democrats can challenge law on ballot placement
The Democratic Party is now entitled to challenge a state law that it contends gives Republicans an edge in elections, thanks to a Friday court ruling.
April 9, 2022
Pima Countys administrator retired last summer. The county didnt seem to know
The Pima County Board of Supervisors this week appointed Jan Lesher as the new county administrator. She succeeds Chuck Huckelberry, who left the position after being involved in a serious bicycle accident last year. But questions have surfaced concerning the former county administrator’s employment status.
April 8, 2022
How Duceys recent measures could amp up voters on both sides
Gov. Doug Ducey has attracted controversy over signing several bills related to changes in voting, abortion and LGBTQ rights. Since 2022 is a non-presidential election year, it’s expected to be a successful one for Republicans. But could Ducey’s signings rev up both Democratic and Republican voters this fall?
April 8, 2022
Critics accuse Arizona AG Mark Brnovich of playing politics with election investigation
Shortly after the 2020 presidential election, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich was one of the first officials to defend the state’s election from baseless claims of fraud. Now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Brnovich is the one casting doubts on the 2020 vote.

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April 7, 2022
Lawsuits allege AZ lawmakers Biggs, Gosar and Finchem are unqualified to hold public office
Arguing they violated the U.S. Constitution, a national organization has sued to keep Arizona Reps. Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, as well as state Rep. Mark Finchem, off the ballot this fall.
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April 7, 2022
WATCH: Biden, Harris, Ketanji Brown Jackson speak after historic Senate confirmation
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson are set to deliver remarks on the Senate's historic, bipartisan confirmation of Jackson to be an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
April 8, 2022
New law bars HOAs from prohibiting artificial turf on lawns
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that prevents homeowner associations from adopting rules that block the use of artificial turf.
April 7, 2022
Bill to allow AZ Office of Tourism to sell artwork stalls in Senate
A measure to allow the Arizona Office of Tourism to sell goods and services to raise money has stalled in the state Senate.
April 7, 2022
Russian-American journalist: Putin believes he is fighting a war with the U.S.
The aggressive nature of Vladimir Putin and his background in intelligence have many observers concerned about just how far he will go to conquer Ukraine and, possibly, some of its neighbors.
April 7, 2022
Phoenix task force wants homeless shelters, services spread across city
The Phoenix city manager’s task force to address strategies on homelessness presented its recommendations to council members Wednesday.
April 6, 2022
Bill proposes forgiving student loans for veterinarians
The Arizona Legislature is pushing a bill that could forgive up to $100,000 in student loans for veterinarians. But the catch is they need to graduate after Jan. 1, 2023, and work at a nonprofit shelter or agricultural practice that has a shortage.
April 6, 2022
U.S. Senate passes reclassification bill for Tohono Oodham Nations Shadow Wolves unit
A bill to classify the Tohono O’odham Nation’s Shadow Wolves unit as special agents is on President Biden’s desk for signing.
April 6, 2022
Why the failure of a bill protecting LGBTQ Arizonans is still progress
A measure to provide constitutional protections for LGBTQ Arizonans failed to pass the state House last month. But consultant Tyler Montague says it’s a marathon, not a sprint when it comes to issues like this.
April 6, 2022
Lawmakers want to overhaul how schools are funded. Some educators are worried
A proposal to overhaul the way schools are funded in Arizona is under consideration in the Arizona Legislature.
April 6, 2022
AZ Supreme Court rejects jurisdiction over GOP lawsuit to end early voting
The Arizona Supreme Court rejected a bid by the Arizona Republican Party to get the justices to declare that early voting is unconstitutional.
April 5, 2022
How a GOP-backed voting measure could disenfranchise thousands of AZ voters
Arizona voters will have the chance to weigh in on a new voter ID measure in November.
April 5, 2022

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