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Arizona Budget Discussion Stalled For Special Wildfire Session
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a special session for the state Legislature focused on wildfire mitigation and prevention. Ducey says wildfires are the new top priority, so the ongoing state budget discussions are moved to the back burner.
Voting Rights Groups Voice Concern Over AZ Election Audit
Four national voting rights groups sent a letter to Arizona Republican Senate President Karen Fann, voicing their concerns about the Maricopa County Election audit.
April 14, 2021
Fixing The Election System: Arizona Lawmakers Go To Battle Over Restrictive Voting Bills
Arizona Republican lawmakers have spent the months after the presidential election introducing bills critics say make voting harder and more complicated. They’ve justified these proposals as a way to restore confidence in the state’s election process. Some of those same lawmakers contributed to that erosion in confidence.
When Misinformation Spreads Among AZ GOP Voters, Can A Republican Change Their Minds?
April 14, 2021
This Teens Concerns About Arizonas New Gun Bill Date Back To The 2011 Tucson Shooting
State senators are considering a bill that would allow anyone 18 years and older to keep a loaded gun inside their vehicle while in a school parking lot. But for 17-year-old Tillie Douglas, this bill becoming law is a scary proposition.
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April 13, 2021
Arizona Senate, Private Companies Taking Donations For Election Audit
Just days after outlawing counties from accepting outside grants to run elections, the state Senate is now accepting private donations to complete its audit of the 2020 election. There are no answers so far about whether donors will be publicly disclosed.
April 13, 2021
Arizona AG Sues Over Bidens Border Policies
Arizona's top state prosecutor sued the Biden administration Monday over what he calls “environmentally disruptive” decisions to halt border wall construction and change immigration policies.
April 13, 2021
Bill To Legalize Sports Betting Heads To Arizona Governor
The Arizona Legislature late Monday approved a key part of a plan that will provide new opportunities for gambling at casinos owned by Native American tribes and for the first time allow sports betting both on and off reservations.
April 13, 2021
Art Exhibit Aims To Send Message Of Cooperation To Congress
Last spring, The Show covered the Violet Protest project, which aimed to enlist makers from across the country to produce textile squares that were equal parts red and blue. The project is the idea of Phoenix artist and educator Ann Morton, and it’s now on display at the Phoenix Art Museum through early September.
April 12, 2021
Boas: Months After Capitol Attack, GOP Getting Back On Its Feet
President Trump’s unwillingness to accept defeat helped lead to the “Stop the Steal” efforts and the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. For many observers, that was a clear sign that the Republican Party’s infighting had reached a level that could cause it electoral problems. The Republic’s Phil Boas writes that recent developments are helping stem that tide.
April 12, 2021
AZ Senate Set To Take Up Bill Legalizing Sports Betting
The state Senate is expected this week to take up a proposal to allow sports betting in Arizona. This comes a few years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled laws banning it were unconstitutional, and also after other states have started allowing residents to gamble on sports.
April 12, 2021
Public Comment Needed On New Supreme Court Justice
The state has 11 applicants to consider for an opening on the Arizona Supreme Court, created by the retirement of Justice Andrew Gould. Public comments can be submitted ahead of time or made in person at a public meeting on April 27.
April 11, 2021
New Arizona Law Doesnt Ban Local Mask Mandates
All the new law says is that the governor — and state and local officials — can't order businesses to enforce those edicts about who has to be wearing a mask. That technically would be up to others, ranging from local law enforcement and state health department workers to the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control.
April 10, 2021
Health Director Expresses Uncertainty Toward COVID-19 Vaccine Passports
State health director Dr. Cara Christ is weighing in on so-called vaccine passports — documented proof of vaccination that could be required by businesses and governments.
April 9, 2021
Tempe Will Continue To Enforce Its Mask Mandate
The city of Tempe is the latest community to announce that it will continue to enforce its mask mandate. Tempe joins Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff in continuing to require masks.
April 9, 2021
Ducey: Super Bowl, Leagues Wont Sway Decision On Voting Bills
In the wake of Major League Baseball pulling the All-Star Game out of Georgia to protest controversial voting laws, Arizona may face a similar fate. But Gov. Doug Ducey says his decision on whether to sign the bills opponents say will disenfranchise voters won't be swayed by fears of losing the 2023 Super Bowl.
April 9, 2021
Ducey Prepared To Send Arizona National Guard To Border
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s prepared to send the Arizona National Guard to the border to deal with an increasing number of migrants trying to cross, even if it means at the state’s expense.
April 9, 2021
Arizonas Department Of Homeland Security Gets New Director
Gov. Doug Ducey this week promoted Tim Roemer to become the director of Arizona’s Department of Homeland Security. The Show spoke with Roemer about his new gig and his background, which includes work in the CIA.
April 8, 2021
What Policymakers, Others Can Do To Try To Handle Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic continues to be a significant problem in Arizona, according to a new report from the Arizona Public Health Association. That’s despite efforts in 2018 by the Legislature and governor to put a dent in the crisis.
April 8, 2021
New Report: AZ Courts Do Not Reflect States Diversity
Arizona’s courts are disproportionately white and male. Those are among the findings of a new report on the diversity of the judiciary in the state, which says the lack of representation "threatens the court’s ability to deliver fair and impartial justice."
April 8, 2021
Ducey Signs Bill Banning Private Election Grants
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed legislation banning the use of private funding for elections but said the money the state received last year from organizations with funding from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s foundation was helpful and used with "integrity.”
April 8, 2021
Phoenix, Police Union Reach Deal On New Contract
Phoenix officials have struck a new deal with the union that represents about 2,600 police officers and detectives. All this contract needs is approval from the City Council, which is scheduled to vote April 7, after the public gets to sound off.
April 7, 2021