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State spending plan: $9.58 billion $26 million proposed in tax cuts
PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers are closing in on a $9.58 billion spending plan for the coming year, including $26 million in tax cuts.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Judge leaves door open for legal challenge to AZ presidential primary
PHOENIX -- A judge on Monday ruled Monday it's legal to challenge last month's presidential primary.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Governor leans toward support of increase on minimum wage
PHOENIX -- He doesn't believe government should be in the business of telling companies how much they have to pay their workers.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

DuVal throws his support behind Prop. 123
PHOENIX -- The man who tried to keep Doug Ducey from becoming governor is signing on to his signature education policy initiative: Proposition 123.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lawmakers seek modifications to Arizona abortion laws
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers are moving to alter two controversial abortion laws.




Thursday, April 21, 2016

State lawmaker bails on bid to protect Arizonans against national defense overreach
PHOENIX -- Saying her measure has now been gutted, a Sun City West Republican lawmaker is killing her own legislation designed to keep Arizonans from being captured or even executed in the name of national defense.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Supreme Court rejects GOP claims about redistricting bias
PHOENIX -- Rejecting Republican claims of political bias, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday there is nothing unconstitutional about how a commission drew the state's 30 legislative districts.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Attorney General claims Volkswagen deceives public on pollution claims
PHOENIX -- Calling it consumer fraud, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed suit Tuesday against Volkswagen over the sale of supposed low-polluting diesel vehicles that were anything but that.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Attorney asks judge to void results of AZ presidential primary
PHOENIX -- The failure of Secretary of State Michele Reagan to properly monitor last month's presidential primary is grounds to have the results voided even if it won't change the outcome, an attorney challenging the results told a judge Tuesday.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cursive penmanship no longer required, but many schools refuse to let it go
VERDE VALLEY - Once upon a time, it was a requirement to learn cursive writing in school. Proper penmanship was a rite of passage to being an adult.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

State hopes to extend time frame for campaign signs
PHOENIX -- Get ready to look at campaign signs longer each election.

And new fights between candidates.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

State pushes for election reform to avoid another presidential primary fiasco
PHOENIX -- If Arizona has a presidential primary four years from now state lawmakers want to keep it from being the fiasco it was last month.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Early ballots for May election to be mailed April 20
Registered voters also will be able to cast ballots in person on Election Day, May 17.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Kris Mayes hopes to block utility 'demand charges' on customers who go solar
PHOENIX -- Saying electric companies appear to be trying to kill solar, a former state utility regulator is proposing a constitutional amendment to stop them from doing that.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Democrats claim election bias in favor of GOP in lawsuit
PHOENIX -- Claiming a pattern of practices designed to discriminate, national and local Democrat interests want a federal judge to force changes in how the state runs its elections.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Libertarians seek legal relief for fair play on ballot
PHOENIX -- The state's Libertarian Party is asking a federal judge to void a law that Republican lawmakers effectively admitted was enacted to make it harder to put their candidates on the ballot.
Saturday, April 16, 2016

2016 fire season expected to be worst in years
PHOENIX -- Arizona could face the most dangerous fire season in years, according to Gov. Doug Ducey and the state's chief forester.

And it's already starting.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Corporate tax cuts not providing promised benefit
PHOENIX -- Corporate tax cuts enacted during the recession amid promises they would stimulate business growth are actually going to leave the state with $350 million less by the time they're fully implemented.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

State House votes to allow representatives to arm themselves on house floor
PHOENIX -- Saying they're exempt, state representatives voted Tuesday to allow themselves to carry their guns onto the House floor.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

UPDATE: House speaker rescinds ban on reporters without background checks
PHOENIX -- Pressured by members of his own party, House Speaker David Gowan this morning rescinded his ban on reporters on the floor who have not first undergone extensive background checks.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016


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