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Candidates spar at mayoral debate in Flag

Posted by   /  July 27, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Rachel Gibbons | AZ Daily Sun Dominated by discussion of development and police funding, the KAFF News mayoral debate was a tense affair. Throughout the two-hour debate Wednesday, the three candidates took several swipes at one another, with the two incumbents, Flagstaff Councilmembers Jamie Whelan and Charlie Odegaard, directing most of their words at […]

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Cook off the hook, ethics probe dropped – for now

Posted by   /  July 8, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

By Arren Kimbel-Sannit | Arizona Capitol Times The House Ethics Committee will not pursue any action against Rep. David Cook at least at this time, special chair Rep. John Allen announced in a letter July 8, essentially ending the months-long investigation into the embattled lawmaker without punishment. “The complaints against … Cook raised serious allegations […]

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Two GOP lawmakers promote the radical QAnon on social media

Posted by   /  July 8, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror Two Republican legislators used their social media accounts to promote the radical QAnon conspiracy movement over the Independence Day weekend. On Saturday, Sen. Vince Leach, R-Tucson, posted a cartoon from political cartoonist Ben Garrison depicting President Donald Trump, his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and a figure whose […]

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Rep. Osborne tests positive for COVID-19

Posted by   /  July 6, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror State Rep. Joanne Osborne announced on Facebook that she’s tested positive for COVID-19.Osborne, a Goodyear Republican, owns Osborne Jewelers. She wrote that she got tested out of an “abundance of caution and concern” after employees of her business tested positive, and that she got her result back on Monday. […]

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Arizona Democrats request special session on coronavirus, police reform

Posted by   /  June 25, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

Facebook Photo/Arizona Capitol Museum  BY MICHAEL LUCIE| KTAR Arizona Senate and House Democrats on Wednesday called for a special session to forward policy proposals regarding the coronavirus pandemic and police reform.  “We can’t keep waiting for the governor to take action,” Democrats stated in a press release.  “As elected leaders, it is our duty to look […]

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Arizona lawmaker slams investigation into relationship with lobbyist, allegation of bribery

Posted by   /  June 20, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Courts/Law  /  No Comments

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic  Lawyers representing Rep. David Cook told a House committee on Friday that its investigation into allegations the Republican lawmaker had an affair with a former lobbyist was a sham and drew conclusions that bordered on libel. The rebuke comes a week after a special House ethics committee released the […]

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Ducey, Legislature end long honeymoon as pandemic takes hold

Posted by   /  June 19, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus, Real Estate  /  No Comments

Gov. Doug Ducey addresses the Legislature on with House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Senate President Karen Bowers in the background. /Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times Gov. Doug Ducey’s honeymoon period that began with his first legislative session in 2015 is long over, as is common with […]

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Rep. Cook’s future up to colleagues; report released on his activities

Posted by   /  June 13, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

A report ultimately accused Rep.Cook of refusing to fully cooperate and depriving a select House ethics committee with a full accounting of his relationship with AnnaMarie Knorr. By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic  Lawyers investigating ethics complaints against Rep. David Cook said Friday that he had a relationship with a lobbyist that appeared to be […]

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Passage of Arizona’s pre-existing conditions law shows change in thinking

Posted by   /  June 12, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Courts/Law, Health Care  /  No Comments

Demonstrators hold signs as Democratic leaders speak with reporters outside the U.S. Capitol in June in Washington. Democrats were calling on the administration to change its policy regarding the pre-existing conditions provisions of the ACA./AARON P. BERNSTEIN/GETTY IMAGES By Julia Shumway | Arizona Capitol Times One of the 90 bills Gov. Doug Ducey signed this […]

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Special legislative session once foregone conclusion, now looks unlikely

Posted by   /  June 12, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

Arizona’s historic Capitol /Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr Information from Arizona Capitol Times When the Legislature opted to adjourn sine die last month, lawmakers labored under the impression that the governor would call them back for at least one special session before the end of the fiscal year. But as the time until the end of […]

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