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Recall Effort Against House Speaker Bowers Fails
A campaign to recall House Speaker Rusty Bowers failed on a technicality. Petitions to recall the Mesa Republican were turned into state officials without a crucial form as required by law.
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Ducey Signs $100M Bill For Wildfire Prevention And Recovery
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a $100 million plan to fight current fires, but not before hearing from Democratic leaders about what's not in the legislation: preventing future blazes by dealing with climate change.
June 18, 2021
Backers Of Democratic Voting Bill Leave Phoenix For D.C.
Packed suitcases rolled across scorching pavement to be loaded onto buses set to take hundreds of people from Phoenix for Washington, D.C. Their goal is to pressure lawmakers into passing the For the People Act, a Democratic-supported voting rights and election bill stalled in Congress.
June 18, 2021
Ducey: Universities Can Require Other Vaccines, Just Not COVID-19
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey doesn’t plan to change current requirements for MMR vaccines despite his move this week to block state university requirements for students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Press aide C.J. Karamargin told Capitol Media Services that’s because the MMR vaccines are in a different category.
June 18, 2021
Ducey Tries To Drum Up Support For $12.8B Budget And Tax Cut
Unable to advance his proposed $1.9 billion permanent tax cut at the Arizona Capitol, Gov. Doug Ducey is now going public — or at least to business interests — in a bid to build public pressure.
June 17, 2021
Scottsdale Resumes In-Person City Council Meetings
After more than a year, Scottsdale will resume in-person City Council meetings on Tuesday.
June 17, 2021
Mexico City Elects Its First Migrant Congressperson
After the recent Mexican midterm elections, Mexico City got its first migrant congressperson, who will represent citizens living abroad. The elected official lives in New York City and promises to build stronger ties between Mexico’s capital and the U.S.
June 17, 2021
No Masks Required At Most Phoenix City Buildings
Effective Thursday, masks and social distancing are no longer required for fully vaccinated people in most city facilities in Phoenix.
June 17, 2021
WATCH: Biden, Harris Speak At Signing Of Juneteenth Bill
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are speaking at the signing of a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday and commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Watch their remarks live.
June 17, 2021
What The Endless Frontier Act Could Mean For Arizonas Universities
The U.S. Senate just did something relatively unusual in Washington, D.C., these days: It passed a bipartisan bill. It was originally dubbed the Endless Frontier Act and it amounts to a big investment in U.S. technology and innovation so that we can compete with China. I
June 17, 2021
AZ Audit Hand Recount Set To End At Veterans Memorial Coliseum
The Arizona Senate’s audit of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County is ending — or at least the hand recount at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum is wrapping up. But the first-of-its kind audit, which was met with widespread derision, has drawn interest from politicians in other states — and its legacy is likely to be long-lasting.
June 17, 2021
Senators Would Stop Micropolitan Label For 144 US Cities
Some lawmakers are trying to stop 144 American cities from losing their designations as “metropolitan areas.” The federal government wants to update the standard from at least 50,000 residents in a city's urban core to a minimum of 100,000 people.
June 17, 2021
Lawmakers Advance $100M Fire Fund In Special Session
The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in driving blazes and drought.
June 17, 2021
Amazing Opportunities Coming To Former Kmart
Phoenix is moving forward with plans to turn a former Kmart store into a center that offers education and workforce training. The City Council wants to transform acres of asphalt and an empty 118,000-square-foot building into an innovation center.
June 17, 2021
Phoenix Street Signs To Honor Murdered Arizona Republic Reporter Don Bolles
A hotel in central Phoenix will honor an Arizona Republic reporter killed by a car bomb 45 years ago. In June 1976, Don Bolles drove his white Datsun to the Clarendon Hotel. The investigative reporter, known for covering corruption in the racing industry, thought he was meeting a potential source.
June 17, 2021
Women Win Big In Mexico’s Elections, But Challenges Remain
Mexico’s elections on June 6 were historic for the sheer number of open seats to be filled at the federal, state and local levels. But after votes were tallied, another milestone emerged: A record number of women were voted into office this year. It’s one more step in a years-long battle for political parity in the country. But there’s still a long way to go.
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June 17, 2021
Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon Enters Governor’s Race
Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon announced Wednesday that he is running for governor of Arizona, a post he narrowly lost 18 years ago to Democrat Janet Napolitano.
June 16, 2021
New Education Tax Again Survives; Appeal Pending
A trial court judge has thrown out several legal challenges to a new voter approved tax on high-earning Arizonans. Tuesday's ruling leaves just one additional issue raised by challengers to Proposition 208 in play at the trial court.
June 16, 2021
Former AG Holder: Audit Will Do Long-Term Damage
Debate continues in D.C. over the proposed For the People Act, which deals with issues like voter access, election security and redistricting, among many others. Among its supporters is former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who served in the Obama administration and is currently chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.
June 15, 2021
Brnovich To U.S. AG: Stay Out Of Election Audit
In a letter, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning his federal counterpart to stay out of the way of the Maricopa County ballot audit. Last week, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland suggested ballot reviews, like the one in Arizona, are “based on disinformation.” He also said his agency is watching and may take action.
Why Republican Mike Broomhead Has Soured On The Election Audit
June 15, 2021
Arizona Legislature To Consider $100M More To Fight Wildfires
The Arizona Legislature will convene in special session this week to consider adding $100 million in funding for fighting wildfires and to boost the amount of money available to clear hazardous brush and deal with the damage of flooding from fire-ravaged mountains.
June 15, 2021