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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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AZ Rep. Teller Resigns To Join Biden Administration
A northern Arizona lawmaker has resigned to take a job with the Biden administration. Democratic Rep. Arlando Teller, a member of the Navajo Nation, resigned effective Sunday.
Feb. 1, 2021
Trumps AGs Moved Fast On Immigration. Now Its Bidens Turn
In its first couple of weeks in the White House, the Biden administration has attempted — via executive action — to reverse some Trump administration policies, including on immigration. But there are others that will be extremely challenging to change. And though immigration is a priority of Biden’s, it doesn’t top the list as it did for Trump.
Feb. 1, 2021
Phil Boas: How A Top-Two Primary System Would Benefit Arizona
Recent actions from some of the state's Republicans have led to a renewed push for Arizona to adopt a so-called top-two primary system, which is intended to give voters a choice of their two favorite candidates — regardless of party affiliation.
Feb. 1, 2021
AZ Lawmakers Set To Take Up More Election-Related Bills
One bill would mandate that any voter registration effort conducted by a county recorder could only be done in a government building. Another, from Rep. Shawnna Bolick (R-Phoenix), would allow the Legislature to overturn a presidential election.
Feb. 1, 2021
Minimum Wage Increase A Catch-22 For Disability Community
President Biden wants to increase the federal minimum wage to $15. The hike is part of his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. In Arizona, the minimum wage is already $12.15 an hour. But raising the minimum wage could have lasting effects on the disability community.
Feb. 1, 2021
Disability Advocates Call For More Accessible Right To Speak
The legislative session is in full swing despite the pandemic. And there are more than 100 bills that could impact the disability community. But there are concerns that not enough is being done to give people with disabilities a chance to have their voices heard.
Feb. 1, 2021
Ward Dismisses Calls For Audit Of GOPs Own Election
Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward dismissed calls for an audit of the GOP's own election of its party leaders.
Jan. 29, 2021
GOP Lawmaker Wants Power To Override Presidential Election Results
A bill sponsored by Rep. Shawnna Bolick would give the Arizona Legislature, long controlled by the GOP, the power to revoke the certification of presidential electors chosen by Arizona voters.
Jan. 29, 2021
Secretary Of State And Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Minister Hold First Call
Antony Blinken has been appointed as the nation’s new secretary of State. And one of the first actions he took after being confirmed this week was to speak with a top official from Mexico’s government.
Jan. 28, 2021
AZ GOP Demands Audit Of Their Own Partys Election
The chair of Arizona’s Republican Party has been a leading voice for false claims that the presidential election was stolen. Now Kelli Ward faces questions from her fellow Republicans about the state’s recent election of party leaders, and possibly her own re-election as party chair.
Jan. 28, 2021
Time To Hustle It Up With Vaccines — Ducey On Pandemic, Emergency Powers, Censure
Gov. Doug Ducey recently issued an executive order which would allow the state to take vaccines from providers that aren’t using them quickly enough and get them to places where they will go into arms sooner. The Show spoke with Gov. Ducey and started the conversation by asking about that order.
Jan. 28, 2021
State Senate Takes On Grocery Store Ice Cream Lickers
Inspired by viral videos of people licking ice cream in grocery store freezers, the state Senate Commerce Committee voted Wednesday to make actions like that a misdemeanor crime.
Jan. 28, 2021
Arizona Bill Proposes Higher Tax Deductions For College Funds
The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would allow Arizonans to divert more of the tax they owe the state to help their kids or grandkids attend college.
Jan. 28, 2021
Maricopa County Board Orders Election Equipment Audit
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to conduct another review of the 2020 election, but not without concern the audit won’t appease some people who continue to doubt the results.
Jan. 27, 2021
Despite Reduced Campaign Donations, Mercers Show Interest In Ward
The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling led to greater political influence from wealthy individuals. Two of those individuals are Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, who, according to a report in the Intercept, appear to be fans of Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward.
Jan. 27, 2021
Legislature Aims To Strip Corporation Commission Of Key Powers
Republican lawmakers in the state Legislature are trying to strip the Arizona Corporation Commission of some of its most fundamental powers. Twin bills in the House of Representatives and the state Senate would strip utility regulators of the power to force electric companies here to shift to 100% carbon-free energy.
Jan. 27, 2021
Why White Supremacist Groups Have Adopted Viking Imagery
Some white supremacist groups have decided to adopt the Scandinavian Viking appearance for themselves. To learn more about the real history and why white supremacists have turned toward the Scandinavian imagery, The Show spoke with Mathias Nordvig, head of Nordic studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Jan. 27, 2021
Teran: What To Expect From 2021 AZ Democratic Party
Arizona voted for a Democratic presidential nominee for the first time since 1996. And the election of Mark Kelly gives the state two Democratic U.S. senators for the first time in seven decades. But Republicans still control both legislative bodies, and the redistricting battle is in its early stages.
Jan. 27, 2021
Some Senate Republicans Argue For An Additional $250M Tax Cut
Some Arizona Senate Republicans are arguing for an additional $250 million tax cut, on top of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed $200 million. But unlike Ducey’s plan for a permanent $200 million cut — which over three years could increase to $600 million — the additional tax cuts would be for one year only.
Jan. 27, 2021
Maricopa County Supervisors To Vote On Election Audit
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors may hold another election audit, their latest effort to dispel doubts about the 2020 election, but it might not satisfy Senate Republicans.
Jan. 26, 2021

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