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Pima County Supervisors Vote to Drop Mask Mandate
Pima County’s board of supervisors voted to rescind its mask mandate, just a day after the CDC issued guidance easing mask recommendations for people vaccinated against COVID-19. From the Fronteras Desk in Tucson, KJZZ’s Michel Marizco reports.
More Election Subpoenas, DACA Do-Over Vote Coming This Week
It appears more subpoenas are coming in the Senate’s audit of Maricopa County’s ballots and election equipment. And voters may have the chance to un-do their decision to deny in-state tuition for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients.
May 10, 2021
Boas: Republicans Aim To Punish Through Bill Fining Teachers For Teaching Critical Race Theory
On a party line vote in the state House of Representatives, Republicans approved a bill that would fine teachers up to $5,000 if they were to broach so-called controversial topics without providing “diverse and contending perspectives.” In a column for the Republic, Editorial Board member Elvia Diaz argued against the bill.
May 10, 2021
House To Vote On Bill On In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students
Last week, the Arizona House advanced a bill that had previously been stalled that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates pending voter approval. The bill is expected to get a final vote early this week.
May 10, 2021
Ducey Signs Law Further Protecting Gun Stores, Manufacturers
Gov. Ducey signed legislation on Friday further protecting gun stores, manufacturers and trade associations like the NRA from legal action. The new law deems gun shops “essential" and prevents them from being sued by those killed or injured by their products.
May 9, 2021
Ex-McSally Aide Guilty Of Stealing Campaign Funds
A senior official on Martha McSally’s 2018 Senate campaign pleaded guilty Friday to stealing campaign funds. Prosecutors say Anthony Barry, a consultant and deputy campaign manager for McSally, used his position to make payments to himself beyond his owed salary.
May 8, 2021
Maricopa Audit Attorney Threatens Supervisors With Subpoenas
An attorney for the Arizona Senate’s audit of Maricopa County’s election results is threatening subpoenas against the county Board of Supervisors if they don’t provide passwords for routers and voting machines.
May 8, 2021
Proposed Tobacco Law Scrutinized For Lack Of Regulations
The Arizona Senate recently passed a bill that would require a retailer to receive a license to sell tobacco, vapor or alternative nicotine products. The bill received bipartisan support, but is drawing criticism due to a perceived lack of strict regulations.
May 8, 2021
AZ Senate President Breaks Silence On Audit
Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann has made her first public comments on the ongoing audit of Maricopa County’s 2020 election.
Maricopa Audit Attorney Threatens Supervisors With Subpoenas
May 8, 2021
ASU Professor Explains What Critical Race Theory Is And Is Not
Arizona lawmakers are close to passing a bill opponents say is part of a nationwide effort to ban teaching critical race theory in K-12 schools. An ASU professor explains what critical race theory is and dispels misconception.
May 7, 2021
Senate Tables Canvassing Plans As Part of Election Review
In a letter to the U.S. Justice Department, state Senate President Karen Fann says plans to go door-to-door asking Arizonans about their voting history are “indefinitely” on hold.
Election Experts Say Arizona Senate's Recount Of Maricopa County Ballots Not 'Normal'
May 7, 2021
AZ State Troopers Sent To Defend Secretary Of State
Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered a detail of Arizona state troopers to protect the state’s top election official and her family.
May 7, 2021
Migration Policy Institute: Raising Refugee Cap A Start
President Biden initially indicated he would maintain the Trump administration's number of refugees allowed into the country, but after some back and forth, the administration has announced the new cap will be 62,500. And there are ambitions to push the number higher than that in subsequent years.
May 7, 2021
Ducey Sees 2020 U.S. Census Count As A Success
Many Arizonans are disappointed that the U.S. 2020 census did not bring the state a 10th Congressional seat, but Gov. Doug Ducey is looking at the bright side.
May 7, 2021
Ducey Signs Legislation To Impose New Limits On Forfeitures
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation to tighten Arizona laws on civil forfeitures of private property. The legislation requires that property can be forfeited and sold, only if the owner has been convicted of a crime related to the forfeiture.
May 7, 2021
Election Experts Say Arizona Senates Recount Of Maricopa County Ballots Not Normal
Election experts say processes used to review and recount votes cast in Maricopa County are vastly different from standards used by election officials, casting doubt about the results of the review ordered by the Republican-led state Senate.
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May 6, 2021
On Border Issues, Sen. Kelly Says Hell Call It Like I See It
U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly criticized President Joe Biden’s congressional address last week for failing to mention what Kelly calls a “crisis” at the border in Arizona and Texas.
May 6, 2021
Analysis Of Muhammad Muhaymin Wrongful Death Case
"I can't breathe" has become a rallying cry for Black Lives Matter protesters after George Floyd was murdered by a former Minnesota police officer. It's the same thing a Phoenix man said as police held him down in 2017. He died after the encounter, and now his family has launched a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit. The Show spoke with KJZZ's Matthew Casey.
May 6, 2021
Immigrants Rights Groups: Bill A Streamlined Deportation Process
Last month, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing what many are calling the crisis on our southern border. It’s called the “Bipartisan Border Solutions Act," and it includes a large investment in personnel and resources in the current system. But many pro-immigrant rights groups have come out strongly against the bill.
May 6, 2021
Cindy McCain Reflects On Life With John In New Book
Cindy McCain endorsed Joe Biden in the presidential race against Donald Trump. And she was given at least some of the credit for Biden becoming only the third Democratic presidential candidate to win in Arizona since World War II. That's just one of the stories she tells in her new autobiography.
May 6, 2021
How AZ Lawmakers Sidestepped Rules To Pass Significantly Altering Bill Amendments
On May 6, Republican lawmakers passed two controversial, last-minute amendments to bills that had been working their way through the Legislature. Those amendments drastically changed the underlying bills. To learn how lawmakers sidestep the rules, The Show spoke with Capitol Media Services’ Howard Fischer.
May 6, 2021

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