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GOP leaders pressure Hobbs to donate $1.3M in excess inaugural cash
The top two Republican lawmakers want Katie Hobbs to put money left over from the inaugural celebration into a state account — where it can't be used to elect more Democrats.
We are not going anywhere!: Protesters rally against anti-drag legislation at AZ Capitol
On Sunday, protestors gathered at the state Capitol to voice their support for drag and abortion rights. Some carried signs, some came in drag, and many spoke out against recently proposed anti-LGBTQ bills that would restrict drag performances.
Jan. 23, 2023
GOP lawmaker halts plan to ban sleeping on sidewalks
A state House committee later today is expected to debate a bill that aims to help deal with the state’s homeless population, but the bill isn’t the only approach lawmakers are taking with this issue.
Jan. 23, 2023
Díaz: Eliminating grocery taxes would hurt rural cities
House Republicans at the state Capitol are pushing a plan to eliminate the city sales tax on groceries in Arizona. It’s a proposal that was met with skepticism from some — including Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts.
Jan. 23, 2023
Mayor Giles on what’s on the minds of city leaders nationwide
The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual winter meeting touched on immigration, housing, jobs and a number of other policy areas. The Show caught up with Mesa Mayor John Giles late last week while he was there and talked with him about what some of the top issues at the meeting.
Jan. 23, 2023
Rep. Gallego announces bid for Sinema’s Senate seat
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, a liberal firebrand and prominent Latino lawmaker, announced Monday he'll challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024, becoming the first candidate to jump into the race and setting up a potential three-way contest.
Jan. 23, 2023
Demonstrators rally at Capitol on Roe v. Wade anniversary
A crowd of people gathered at the state Capitol on Sunday. They rallied together for various causes, including commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, and speaking out against a series of legislative bills targeting transgender individuals.
Jan. 23, 2023
Arizona lawmaker wants to ban political signs on street corners, medians
Sen. Steve Kaiser (R-Phoenix) has introduced legislation that could make him a hero of Arizona motorists. He wants to ban political signs from public rights of way.
Q&AZ: What are the rules about roadside campaign signs?
Jan. 22, 2023
Native Americans share trauma of Arizona boarding schools
During seventh grade at Phoenix Indian School, Pershlie Ami signed up to go on what the school called an “outing” — promoted as opportunities for Native American students to earn spending money off campus. They were opportunities — for cheap labor.
Jan. 22, 2023
Bill cracking down on protesting outside peoples homes gains momentum in legislature
Though the bill is based on a reasonable sense standard, some worry it will chill free speech and limit activity on public areas.
Jan. 20, 2023
VP Harris touts new solar transmission line in Tonopah
Vice President Kamala Harris was in Tonopah on Thursday to help break ground for a new transmission line that will help move solar power in the Southwest.
Jan. 20, 2023
AZ could get faster election results, but at what cost?
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer has some ideas to make the voting process more pleasant for all, he says — election workers, county staff and the voters demanding results in a timely fashion. But there's a natural give and take. If voters want to get election results earlier, they'd have to be willing to give up some voting options so many now enjoy, Richer says.
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Jan. 20, 2023
Finchem asks for money but finance records show no debt
Mark Finchem is sending out requests to pay off the debt from his failed attempt to become Arizona secretary of state last year. Except that debt doesn’t exist in his campaign finance records.
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Jan. 19, 2023
Journalists lobbying for monument to murdered reporter
Hank Stephenson is the co-founder of the substack the Arizona Agenda. He, along with co-founder Rachel Leingang, are working to get lawmakers to pass a bill that would establish a monument to slain Arizona journalist Don Bolles at the state Capitol.
Jan. 19, 2023
AZ budget talks have barely begun – and there’s already talk of a shutdown
It’s barely the middle of January, but at the Arizona Capitol there’s already talk about July — and the very real possibility of a government shutdown over the state budget.
Jan. 19, 2023
Arizona pronoun bill advances but will likely never become law
The Arizona Senate Education Committee approved a bill that would force school employees to only refer to students by their birth-given names, or nicknames "commonly associated with the student's name of record.” But even if this bill passes the Legislature, the governor’s chief of staff made it clear on Twitter that it’s dead on arrival.
Jan. 19, 2023
Hobbs outlines budget for water, natural resources
Gov. Katie Hobbs released her budget last week, offering Arizonans a look at some of her priorities for the coming year, and the state’s natural resources were not overlooked.
Jan. 18, 2023
Gov. Hobbs budget meets 1st hurdle at committee hearing
The committee took issues with individual line items and the governor's full approach toward the budget.
Jan. 18, 2023
House committee passes bill to eliminate grocery tax in AZ
The Arizona House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill that would eliminate tax on groceries Wednesday. More than 20 cities in the Phoenix area alone currently collect a tax on groceries.
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Jan. 18, 2023
Ties between Saudi, AZ farmers go back nearly a century
Newly elected Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes has promised to stop what she calls a sweetheart deal that allows Saudi farmers to use up valuable Arizona water for free to grow thirsty alfalfa in our state. Now, a new book from Arizona native Natalie Koch dives deep into the long history that got us here.
Jan. 18, 2023
County supervisor: Scottsdale mayor is blocking a Rio Verde water solution
Maricopa County Supervisor Tom Galvin says Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega has blocked an interim solution to provide water to Rio Verde Foothills, which falls within his district. The Show spoke with him about the ongoing discussions.
Jan. 18, 2023

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