February 2017

The Johnson Amendment has been in place since 1954, when then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson sponsored it. But what does it say? To answer that questions and others is Adam Chodorow, a law professor in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and he specializes in tax law.
Feb. 17, 2017
Winged Victory
The ability of Arizona residents to take issues directly to the ballot could be severely limited, under a measure that won the approval of a state House committee Thursday. Among other provisions, HB 2404 would prohibit groups from paying petition circulators by the signature; instead, they’d have to pay by the hour, which eliminates the incentive for those circulators to collect as many signatures as possible.
Feb. 17, 2017
vehicles in traffic
President Donald Trump campaigned last year on promises to relax or eliminate environmental protections. In Arizona, that worries scientists and other advocates, especially those who want government action on climate change.
Feb. 17, 2017
voters lined up
People on opposing sides of the political aisle have fought about voter fraud vs. voter suppression for years, especially in recent elections.
Feb. 17, 2017
Mark Littell
Spring training is not far off. To get into the spirit of talking baseball, I’m joined by Mark Littell. He pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals between 1973-1982.
Feb. 17, 2017
textbooks
The graphic novel has become one of the most popular forms of print books, generating more than a billion dollars in sales. We spoke with Mark Siegel, founder of First Second Books, about the impact of graphic novels.
Feb. 16, 2017
Central Arizona Project canal
Wednesday was the annual Environmental Day at the state Capitol. Activists and students met with legislators and attended committee hearings to voice their support for environmental protection. We talk to Sandy Bahr, the director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club and one of the organizers of the event.
Feb. 16, 2017
pencils
Legislation aimed at expanding Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account system, less formally known as private-school vouchers, has been making its way through the Legislature. Supporters of the bills say they'll save taxpayers money but a new report from the Joint Legislative Budget Committee says they'd actually cost the state more.
Feb. 16, 2017
Phoenix City Council
The Phoenix City Council rejected a citizen petition to declare Phoenix a sanctuary city. But the council did vote to study legal options relating to SB 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law.
Feb. 16, 2017
ASU Athletic Director Ray Anderson
ASU recently announced plans to create an Olympic Village in Tempe. It’s part of their 2020 fundraising plan — a $1.5 billion dollar campaign for the university. We spoke with Ray Anderson about this. He’s the vice president of University Athletics and the athletic director for Arizona State University.
Feb. 15, 2017

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