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Biden more active on southern border issues than Trump, research finds
Former President Donald Trump's list of priorities when he took office had immigration and border enforcement at or near the top. But the actual number of executive actions or orders related to immigration by Trump pales in comparison to what President Joe Biden did in his first year in office.
Senate panel OKs bill to allow dentists to preform cosmetic Botox treatments
An Arizona Senate panel voted unanimously Wednesday to allow dentists to provide Botox treatments and dermal fillers for cosmetic purposes.
Jan. 20, 2022
Bill passes House committee to make SNAP requirements easier for some
Those who have been released from prison after serving a sentence on drug possession may have to go through less testing to meet the SNAP requirements.
Jan. 20, 2022
Phoenix optimistic about new federal funding for transportation projects
As construction continues for two light rail extensions in Phoenix, leaders are feeling optimistic about adding more.
Jan. 19, 2022
Kelly announces conditional support for filibuster change
U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona has announced his conditional support for changing the filibuster rules.
Jan. 19, 2022
AZ Legislature to hold hearings on health care bills for transgender youth
The Arizona Legislature is holding a hearing Thursday on two bills that some worry limit the rights of those in the LGBTQ community.
Jan. 19, 2022
House panel passes bill that makes teaching about racism in certain ways illegal
An Arizona House panel voted 6-4 along party lines to pass a bill that would make teaching about racism illegal in certain ways. Specifically, Rep. Michelle Udall says it bars teachers from teaching in a way that students should feel guilty based on their race, ethnicity or sex.
Jan. 19, 2022
Boas: Democrats will be glad Sinema helped preserve the filibuster
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema faced strong criticism from her fellow Democrats last week after saying in a speech that she wouldn’t support filibuster reform. Two Republic columnists, Elvia Diaz and Greg Moore, expressed their disappointment with Sinema.
Jan. 19, 2022
Political action group pulls future endorsements for Sen. Sinema
A group known as Emily's List, which backs pro-choice women for political offices, will no longer endorse Sen. Kyrsten Sinema after she refused to help change filibuster rules to make way for voter rights legislation.
Jan. 19, 2022
WATCH: Biden holds first formal press conference of 2022
President Joe Biden is holding his first formal press conference of the year at the White House on Wednesday.
Jan. 19, 2022
Indigenous woman arrested for blocking wall construction back in court
An Indigenous woman arrested for blocking border wall construction is back in court Wednesday, asking a federal judge to reconsider whether she can use a religious freedom law as her defense.
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Jan. 18, 2022
From economics to voting, how big a role does systemic racism play?
Systemic racism is a term that has become a more common part of the vernacular in the past couple of years, and the phrase is applied to many of the nation's traditional institutions — including government, law enforcement, education and business.
Jan. 18, 2022
GOP lawmaker proposes $250 fee for incumbents
Republican state Rep. David Cook is proposing a bill to provide incumbents options to get back on the Arizona ballot. Instead of requiring representatives to gather signatures through a petition, they can instead pay a $250 fee to the Arizona Treasury.
Jan. 18, 2022
Marchers remember MLK, speak against efforts to curb voting
People from across the Valley marched in downtown Phoenix on Monday to honor the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The annual march comes at a time when passing national voting legislation is stymied by the U.S. Senate and as the state Legislature considers new voting restriction
Jan. 18, 2022
Phoenix adds new milestones to civil rights memorial
On a day designated to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, the city of Phoenix added history to a civil rights memorial. In 1997, the Civil Rights Memorial at Eastlake Park was created as a public art project to reflect a decade-by-decade history of the civil rights movement in the United States and Arizona
Jan. 18, 2022
State Sen. Kelly Townsend announces run for Congress
State Sen. Kelly Townsend (R-Apache Junction) will forgo a tough primary challenge in August against her colleague Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) and instead set her sights on a congressional run in southeast Arizona.
Jan. 17, 2022
Phoenix plans ways to spend federal infrastructure funds
Phoenix is working on early plans to spend its share from the Federal Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act of 2021, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Jan. 18, 2022
Settlement to cancel student debt for thousands in AZ
More than 2,000 Arizona consumers stand to have millions in student-loan debt erased due to a multistate settlement with the company Navient.
Jan. 17, 2022
Law professor breaks down Arizonas battle with abortion rights
Last year, anti-abortion activists had a big win in the Arizona legislature with a law targeted at women pregnant with babies with genetic differences. That law is now tied up in court, but one thing is certain — Arizona's legislature will see more bills aimed at restricting abortion this session.
Jan. 17, 2022
How AZ can improve care for serious mental health issues
In Fall 2021, the Joint Legislative Psychiatric Hospital Review Council convened to discuss how to reform Arizona's mental health system. The Show spoke with a member of the council, Carol Olson, to learn about what could be on the horizon for those struggling with mental illnesses.
Jan. 17, 2022
Campaign finance reports are in for Arizona. Whos raising and spending the most?
All Arizona statewide and legislative candidates filed their campaign finance reports over the weekend, reflecting money raised in 2021. The money shows which candidates are serious contenders and which ones will fizzle out before the Aug. 2 primary.
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Jan. 17, 2022