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All AZ public school students are now eligible for a voucher. But the debate continues
All of Arizona’s 1.1 million public school students would be eligible for a voucher to attend a private school under a bill approved by Republicans in the state Legislature during the final hours of the session.
SCOTUS ruling allows Biden to end Remain in Mexico
A Supreme Court Ruling will allow the Biden administration to scrap the Trump-era policy commonly referred to as “Remain in Mexico.”
Maricopa County attorney: Pre-statehood abortion law is enforceable
While state prosecutors are still navigating the legal landscape after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell believes a pre-statehood law can be enforced.
Ducey may push gun bill to Legislature
Gov. Doug Ducey may move to push a measure that would allow parents and school officials to ask judges to take guns away from people who are a danger to themselves or others.
May 26, 2022
Oklahoma just signed the nations harshest abortion ban — and Native Americans are worried
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the nation’s toughest abortion ban. Stitt had recently given a warning of sorts to Oklahoma Native American tribes to not attempt to undermine an abortion ban.
May 26, 2022
What has — or hasnt — been achieved in gun reform since Giffords shooting
As the world struggles to address another mass shooting at an elementary school, some Arizonans have been working nonstop for years to reform gun laws in a state and country generally resistant to such efforts.
May 26, 2022
Tensions high at AZ Senate during school shooting debate
Tensions were high on the Arizona Senate floor Wednesday as lawmakers debated the root causes of this week’s shooting at an elementary school in Texas.
May 26, 2022
Threat of government shutdown looms as Arizona Republicans fail to pass a spending plan
For the second year in a row, Arizona enters June facing the threat of a government shutdown. Despite spending 137 days so far at the Capitol, and despite a budget surplus exceeding $5 billion, lawmakers still don’t appear close to adopting a budget.
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May 26, 2022
A Border Patrol agent isnt facing charges over a migrants killing. What this says about immigration
Earlier this year, Mexican migrant Carmelo Cruz Marcos was shot and killed by U.S. Border Patrol Agent Kendrek Staheli. A couple of weeks ago, the Cochise County Attorney’s Office decided it wouldn’t bring any charges against agent Staheli.
May 25, 2022
Court: AZ cant ban petition circulators from being paid per signature
A 2017 law that makes it a crime to pay people for each signature they collect to qualify voter initiatives for the ballot violates the First Amendment and the first criminal case filed using the law must be dismissed, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
May 25, 2022
WATCH: Biden speaks after mass shooting at Texas school
President Joe Biden delivered remarks on Tuesday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
May 24, 2022
What an updated 150-year-old mining law could mean for Arizona
Whether it’s because of the spike in gas prices, the recent chip shortage, or growing enthusiasm for alternative energy use, Congress is considering legislation that would update a 150-year-old mining law.
May 24, 2022
How AZs congressional districts could weaken Native Americans votes
Arizona's 2021 redrawing of district lines saw a last-minute adjustment that put a substantial number of white, Republican-leaning voters into districts previously dominated by Native American communities. The result could be the dilution of the Native American vote in districts that used to be Democratic strongholds.
May 24, 2022
Effort to ban ballot drop boxes fails in Arizona Senate
An impassioned effort by some Arizona Senate Republicans to ban the use of ballot drop boxes failed Monday. Scottsdale Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita’s efforts to change a proposal requiring drop boxes to have video monitoring was blocked by fellow GOP senators who knew House Republicans weren’t on board with the harsher proposal.
May 24, 2022
Sen. Mark Kelly in Yuma responds to ruling that Title 42 must continue
U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly was in Yuma Friday where he met with local elected officials and law enforcement leaders to discuss the high number of migrants arriving at the border.
May 24, 2022
More AZ GOP lawmakers tried to discredit election than any state
According to an national analysis conducted by the New York Times, 81% of all GOP state lawmakers — that’s Arizona’s state representatives and senators — used the influence and authority of their office in attempts to cast doubt on the election results, or in some cases, tried to overturn the state’s election results.
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May 23, 2022
Yuma mayor on how the failure to end Title 42 will affect the border town
A federal judge has blocked the Biden administration from ending Title 42, which was scheduled to end May 23.
May 23, 2022
Arizona Senate is scheduled to debate more election-related bills
The Arizona Senate is scheduled to take up more election-related bills May 23, and the chamber’s ethics committee is expected to meet this week to consider two complaints.
May 23, 2022
Judge allows lawsuit challenging early voting list removal to move forward
A U.S. District Court judge is allowing a lawsuit to move forward that challenges a law that would remove some people from the permanent early voting list. That’s partly due to statements from an Arizona lawmaker.
May 23, 2022
Ex-ambassador to Ukraine discusses Russian invasion
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine was in Phoenix late last week, speaking at a dinner program hosted by the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations. Marie Yovanovitch followed up the appearance with a discussion about the war in Ukraine on PBS's “Arizona Horizon.”
May 23, 2022
Ginni Thomas emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election
Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative political activist, urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona after the 2020 presidential election to choose their own slate of electors, arguing that results giving Joe Biden a victory in the state were marred by fraud.
May 20, 2022
NewsCap: What can AZ Senate do about Rogers?
To discuss the latest ethics investigation into Sen. Wendy Rogers, a last-minute petition to protect abortion rights and more, The Show spoke with Chad Campbell of Strategies 360 and Marcus Dell’Artino of First Strategic.
May 20, 2022
Appeals court allows AZ lawsuit on COVID fund use to move forward
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arizona has a legal right to challenge part of the federal COVID-19 relief package that forbids using part of the money to offset tax cuts.
May 20, 2022

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