Arizona’s vote may not count in 2024? How the worst-case scenario could unfold and more weekend stories

Opinion: The governor and a divided Legislature better learn to compromise, and quick, or Arizona’s vote could end up not counting in 2024 and beyond.

Supreme Court judge switches course, says he won’t take part in hearing on abortion laws after allReversing course, Supreme Court Justice William Montgomery said Thursday he won’t be participating in the Dec. 12 hearing on abortion laws or deciding the outcome of a legal fight on whether virtually all abortions in Arizona are illegal.

Judge denies Lake’s access to review ballot affidavit envelopes’ signatures in her election contestLake’s lawsuit to overturn her loss in the last election is on its second appeal after the superior court rejected claims of improper signature verification by Maricopa County.  

UA reinstates professors after suspensions for comments likening Hamas to Black Panthers

In response to the suspension, students and faculty organized a series of sit-ins at the College of Education to protest the suspension.

House expels Rep. George Santos: Here’s how Arizona lawmakers voted

David Schweikert, R-Ariz., was one of two Arizona Republicans who voted in favor of expelling Santos.

Congress is haggling over border security: Where does it stand?A pathway for Dreamers is not a part of this request.

Pollution from coal-fired power plants led to hundreds of deaths in Arizona, NM, study says

An estimated 460,000 people died of causes attributed to fine particulates from coal power generating stations nationwide

FIRST AMENDMENT FOUL: The Pima County Sheriff’s Office arrested KJZZ reporter Alisa Reznick and 25 others while she was covering a pro-Palestinian protest at the University of Arizona’s Tech Park, KJZZ’s Ben Giles reports. Reznick was wearing a press pass and looking very radio-reporterly when a deputy handcuffed her. She was cited for trespassing and was released a few hours later. Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos defended the deputies involved, saying everyone was warned to leave after protesters blockaded the road.  ~ The Agenda 

GRIFFIN ON A PRE-FILING ROLL WITH WATER BILLS Griffin pre-filed eight more bills  several of which related to water policy. HB2017 (assured water supply; commingling) loosens up the 100-year assured water supply requirement for developers by allowing the ADWR to consider any type of water or sources of water that are being commingled when considering a certificate or designation of an assured water supply.The bill would also change requirements for local initiatives to add and remove non-expansion area designations to require 10% of registered voters who receive their drinking water from the subbasin in question sign onto the petition for addition or removal of the designation. HB2020 (long-term storage; stormwater; rainwater; rules) would allow a person that develops or plans to develop infrastructure in an active management area that results in increased natural, incidental or artificial recharge to the groundwater. ~Yellow Sheet

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December 2023