Phoenix economy ranking ‘flawed’; illegal immigration a state crime?


Feb. 13, 2024


“It just doesn’t make sense to punish kids (for) 

time out of school with more time out of school.”  

~ Rep. Laura Terech

(See: Arizona could become latest state to ban)

 A Valley economist says Phoenix’s downgrade on an annual ranking of best-performing cities is no reason to panic.

Phoenix checked in at No. 18 among 200 large cities in the Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities 2024 report, which was released this month.

GOP senators want to arm Arizona college students … with guns

Opinion: Of all the bad ideas swirling around the Arizona Legislature, surely the bill to allow guns on college campuses is among the worst. College students should be packing books, not pistols.

Arizona Republicans sue Biden over his Grand Canyon monument

They argue that potential economic gains from uranium mining are more important than Indigenous interests

‘SB 1070 2.0’: Arizona Republicans want to make illegal immigration a state crime

A joint legislative bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature aims to make illegal immigration a state crime, bypassing federal judicial processes and authorizing local and state police to enforce federal immigration law — a proposed legislation that has received strong opposition as critics say it mirrors what once was Senate Bill 1070, the controversial “show me your papers” law.

Arizona could become latest state to ban attendance-related suspensions

An Arizona lawmaker is again trying to bar schools from using out-of-school suspensions to punish students who miss class, arguing the strategy is not only ineffective but harmful

Arizona GOP lawmakers move to derail chance for Tucson-to-Phoenix commuter train

Republican lawmakers are moving to forever quash the idea of intercity rail. And they’re doing it in a way that could force Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs to go along.

Who will replace Leezah Sun in the Arizona Legislature? 1 of these 3 

Democrats Natacha Chavez, Elda Luna-Nájera and Martín Quezada won the support of precinct committee members in Legislative District 22.

A lawsuit challenging Arizona’s new voting rulebook alleges its limitations on monitoring ballot drop boxes and polling locations are unconstitutional.

The suit, which comes from the America First Policy Institute on behalf of the Arizona Free Enterprise Club, is the most recent from conservatives challenging Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes over his Elections Procedures Manual.

Trump ally’s bill aims to keep him on Arizona ballot as Colorado attempts to bar him

The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says a candidate who has previously taken an oath of office can be disqualified from the ballot if they participated in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.

RELATED:Arizona Republican’s bill kicks Joe Biden off the ballot if Donald Trump is disqualified

Opinion: This is what happens when governing in Arizona goes from being political theater to just being theater.

Kari Lake Challenger Sounds the Alarm About His Campaign Funds

In 2023, Gallego raised $13.2 million, and he ended the year with $6.5 million, according to data from the Federal Election Commission. Meanwhile, Lake raised $2.1 million and ended the year with just over $1 million. Sinema raised $16.9 million and ended the year with $6.5 million.

Yellow Sheet

MARTIN QUEZADA SEEKS LD22 SEAT:One potential candidate for the vacant LD22 House seat has decided not to seek appointment. Former Rep. Lorenzo Sierra announced in a Sunday post on X that now is not the right time for him to reenter public office, According to an email sent Sunday from LD22 Democratic Chair Tina Gamez, nine candidates are seeking appointment including former state Sen. Martin Quezada. The other candidates are Steven Chapman, Natacha Chavez, Roberta Garcia, Sharon Hendrickson, Bryan Kilgore, Elda Luna-Najera, Betsy Munoz and Paul Valach. Chapman was a write-in candidate for LD22’s Senate race in 2022, as was Diaz. Valach and Kilgore also had some interest in the Senate seat. …more

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