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The dumbest ideas by Arizona politicians in 2019

Posted by   /  December 26, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Steven Hsieh | Phoenix New Times Believe it or not, 2019 was a comparatively sane year in the Arizona Legislature. No one tried to give the government the power to seize the property of people who plan protests. Abortion rights went relatively unscathed. No one argued with furries on Twitter. But as always, this […]

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Column: Progressives and Libertarians debate tax credits at Legislature income tax credit review

Posted by   /  December 22, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

For the first time since 2014, the Joint Legislative Committee to Review Income Tax Credits met on Dec. 19, 2019./Screengrab By Pamela Powers Hannley | Blog for Arizona (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) For years, Democrats in the Legislature have been calling for a review of the tax credits and […]

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Nutty bills at the Arizona Capitol — bills that die in a drawer

Posted by   /  December 3, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

HB 2043—Regulations for adoption of pet buzzards By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer Bill filing for the 2020 Arizona Legislature opened last month, with a trickling of proposed laws and the expectation for hundreds more. When the session ends late spring (or early summer) only a small percentage of the measures will be enacted into […]

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Raising Phoenix: hand-to-mouth lawmaking

Posted by   /  August 29, 2019  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Considering a run for the Arizona Legislature? Prepare to be paid like a lifeguard.Illustration by Jeremie Lederman By Amy Silverman | Phoenix Magazine Like many Arizonans, I spent several days in the spring of 2018 in front of the television, watching red pour over the state Capitol as public school teachers marched for better treatment. […]

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Legislature ends 2019 session

Posted by   /  May 28, 2019  /  Featured News, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror Arizona House of Representatives//Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy / Arizona Mirror With the protracted budget fight over, the legislature called it quits for the year shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, wrapping up its business after 134 days. The House of Representatives ended the night after a brief hiccup that […]

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Legislature to tackle omnibus drought plan bill

Posted by   /  January 10, 2019  /  Water  /  No Comments

  By: Carmen Forman | Arizona Capitol Times When the Legislature convenes on Jan. 14, lawmakers will almost immediately have to consider legislation to implement a multi-state solution to an imminent water shortage on the Colorado River. State legislators will have mere weeks to pass a complex Colorado River drought plan by Jan. 31 — […]

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A more moderate Arizona Legislature seeks common ground

Posted by   /  November 26, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

The growing divide at the Capitol, and in Arizona, will lead to gridlock By Dustin Gardiner | Arizona Republic The Legislature is about to undergo a personality makeover. On Jan. 14, the next group of state lawmakers will be sworn into office. It will be unlike any state Legislature in decades because members will be […]

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Despite slight drop, Arizona still leads nation in women officeholders

Posted by   /  November 10, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Alexis Egeland | Cronkite News Despite slight drop, Arizona still leads nation in women officeholders Despite a record number of women running for office this year, Arizona will actually lose one female elected official when congressional and legislative delegations take office in January. But experts say the one-seat drop is nothing to worry about […]

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Many Arizona politicians move behind the bench as JPs, extending careers and boosting pay

Posted by   /  October 29, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Paulina Pineda | Arizona Republic Longtime legislator Ken Cheuvront, a Democrat vying for justice of the peace in Phoenix, said he’s not running for office because of the money. Cheuvront, who served in the state Legislature for 16 years and now works in the private sector, said he [would] take a pay cut if […]

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Fraud prevalent in signature gathering of 4 campaigns

Posted by   /  June 22, 2018  /  Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Paulina Pineda | Arizona Capitol Times Clifford Curry seems really good at his job. He collected hundreds of signatures for candidates running for governor, Congress and the Legislature. On just one day alone, Curry collected 200 signatures for Mark Syms, the independent candidate running for the Senate in Legislative District 28. That’s more than […]

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