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Indian Child Welfare Act harms Native American children through separate and unequal set of rules, new Goldwater Institute paper argues

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Family Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Goldwater Institute Phoenix—A federal law intended to protect Native American children does more harm than good because its substandard rules deny them equal protection, a new Goldwater Institute paper explains. In the paper, Escaping the ICWA Penalty Box: In Defense of Equal Protection for Indian Children, Goldwater Institute Vice President for Litigation Timothy Sandefur delves into […]

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REGIONAL NEWS for Aug. 10, 2017: New studies anticipate slowdown, disbursement of apartment construction as the market tops out.

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Regional News  /  No Comments

  Denver apartment-building frenzy nears end – slowdown predicted in 2018 New Mexico: That’s a wrap: Another record year for films Nevada: Tesla wants to test tech for self-driving semi-trucks California: Democratic Fight Is a Warning for the National Party Utah lights up rooftop solar proposal as Rocky Mountain Power negotiates with clean-energy advocates

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Halt freeway work, opponents again ask court

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Transportation  /  No Comments

By Paul Maryniak | Ahwatukee Foothills News Opponents of the South Mountain Freeway have asked an appellate court panel to prevent blasting and further bridge construction in the Ahwatukee segment of the controversial thoroughfare. Stating that blasting “will permanently destroy valuable aspects of the environment,” lead plaintiffs Ahwatukee-based Protect Arizona’s Resources and Children and the […]

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State’s legal bill reaching $500,000 to defend ex-PSPRS staff in Desert Troon civil suit

Posted by   /  August 10, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Craig Harris | azcentral.com The state’s legal tab is nearing a half-million dollars to defend four former high-level Public Safety Personnel Retirement System employees who alleged wrongdoing over real estate investments and then were sued by Scottsdale-based Desert Troon, which managed those properties. The cost to taxpayers is expected to rise, as the 3-year-old […]

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Judge: New Arizona law regulating citizen initiatives can take effect, for now

Posted by   /  August 9, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Alexa Chryssovergis and Alia Beard Rau | The Republic A new state law making it tougher for residents to put issues on the ballot will take effect Wednesday, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge has ruled. But “it’s certainly a possibility” the ruling will be appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court, said attorney Roopali […]

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Lawmakers cannot outlaw medical marijuana on campus?

Posted by   /  August 8, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Marijuana  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times State lawmakers have no legal right to make it a crime for medical marijuana users to possess the drug on college campuses, an attorney for a student who was arrested is arguing to the Arizona Supreme Court. In new legal filings, attorney Thomas Dean […]

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Judge denies Pima County request to dismiss two World View counts in lawsuit

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By Murphy Woodhouse | Arizona Daily Star Given that a county-built space-balloon manufacturing facility and launch pad have long since been completed and occupied by the company World View, Pima County was hoping a Superior Court judge would rule in its favor on two counts alleging improper awarding of contracts in an ongoing lawsuit over […]

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[IN-DEPTH] Judge to rule whether banning Mexican-American studies is constitutional

Posted by   /  August 8, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

Arizona Republicans accused teachers of stoking racial discord. But the law they passed in response may violate the Constitution. By Roque Planas | The Huffington Post When Sean Arce, former director of Tucson’s banned Mexican-American studies program, took the witness stand in June, the state attorney’s line of questioning betrayed a clear agenda: She wanted […]

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Judge insists he can decide extent of corporation commissioner’s powers

Posted by   /  August 8, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A Maricopa County Superior Court judge said he has the legal right to decide whether state regulator Bob Burns has the unilateral power to subpoena utility executives, even in the face of opposition of the other four members of the Arizona Corporation Commission. In […]

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Corporation Commission continues pursuing Johnson Utilities audit

Posted by   /  August 5, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Kelly Fisher | PinalCentral Arizona Corporation Commission officials say the agency’s rate and operation review of water provider Johnson Utilities — which was ordered not long after the indictment of the utility company’s owner — is moving forward. But one Pinal County public official said he’s skeptical of the progress. “It doesn’t appear that […]

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