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School funding conflict brings state budget process to a halt
PHOENIX -- Efforts to enact a $9.58 billion spending plan for the state crumbled late Friday as House Republican leaders gave up for the weekend.
Saturday, April 30, 2016

State lawmakers want to boost Supreme Court membership to 7
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers are moving to give Gov. Doug Ducey a chance to put two more justices on the Arizona Supreme Court.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Ducey confident cuts to public school funding will be restored
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is counting on rank-and-file lawmakers to restore some of the cuts in public school funding -- cuts that are in the budget deal he negotiated with Republican legislative leaders.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Solar proposals for 2016 ballot both dead -- at least for this year
PHOENIX -- Deciding not to try to destroy each other at the ballot this year, the state's largest solar installers and the state's largest electric utility agreed late Thursday to withdraw conflicting plans for how the state can regulate rates charged to customers who generate their own power.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Bill proposes $9.50 an hour minimum wage in Arizona by 2020
PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers agreed Thursday to ask voters to increase the state's minimum wage -- but in a way that businesses actually want.
Friday, April 29, 2016

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

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