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GOP senators move to ensure the 14th Amendment won’t block Trump in Arizona

BY: - February 26, 2024

Republican state senators want to change the law to ensure Donald Trump isn’t barred from running for president in Arizona for supporting an insurrection and violating the 14th Amendment.  On Monday, they passed a bill that would do just that.  Trump is facing challenges in multiple states that are aiming to remove him from the […]

Ronna McDaniel confirms she’ll step aside from leading RNC next month

BY: - February 26, 2024

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel will be stepping down from that role next month. McDaniel, a former Michigan Republican Party chair and the niece of U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), made the announcement in a statement released Monday. “I have decided to step aside at our Spring Training on March 8 in Houston to […]

NBC reported about neo-Nazis and white nationalists at CPAC. At least two of them are from Arizona.

BY: - February 26, 2024

Neo-Nazis and white nationalists were spotted at CPAC, the conservative conference, and some of them are from the Grand Canyon State.  The neo-Nazis and white nationalists spotted at the large conservative gathering touted official badges on social media. They were also seen harassing journalists and CPAC speakers.  Ryan Sanchez, who sometimes goes by the online […]

Mr. QAnon Shaman goes to the Arizona Capitol 

BY: - February 26, 2024

Jacob Chansley, more commonly known as the QAnon Shaman, was a guest of Glendale Republican Anthony Kern at the Arizona Capitol this week, allowing Chansley access to areas where the public is generally prohibited. Chansley is known for being one of the most recognizable members of the crowd that breached the United States Capitol on […]

Historic horse racing machines would violate Arizona’s tribal gaming compact, AG says

BY: - February 23, 2024

Arizona’s gaming compact with Native American tribes in the state doesn’t allow for the use of so-called historic horse racing devices, Attorney General Kris Mayes concluded Thursday. And if lawmakers at some point were to authorize the devices in state law, it would trigger a “poison pill” provision in the gaming compact that would release […]

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Bill to spur ‘starter home’ construction passes, amid concerns it strips too much control from cities

BY: - February 22, 2024

A Republican measure dubbed the “Arizona Starter Home Act” passed out of the Arizona House of Representatives with bipartisan backing. The proposal would bar cities and towns from forcing a homeowner into an HOA interfering with the “right to choose the features, amenities, structure, floor plan and interior and exterior design of a home.” And […]

Arizona Republicans vote to ban guaranteed basic income programs

BY: - February 22, 2024

A Republican-led measure that would prohibit the state from enacting any guaranteed basic income programs received unanimous approval from Arizona House Republicans Thursday.  House Bill 2375, sponsored by Rep. Lupe Diaz, R-Benson, would bar municipalities from adopting “any ordinance, order or rule that has the purpose or effect of making payments to persons as part […]

Biden unveils latest round of student loan cancellation to aid 153,000 borrowers 

BY: - February 21, 2024

President Joe Biden expanded his push to eliminate student loan debt Wednesday, saying during a speech the initiative is part of a campaign promise to address the “broken” system. “While a college degree is still a ticket to a better life, that ticket is too expensive,” Biden said. “And too many Americans are still saddled […]

Mayes sues IRS over decision to tax 2023 tax rebates for AZ parents

BY: - February 21, 2024

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday to block the federal government from taxing an income tax rebate given to many Arizona parents last year. At issue was the IRS’s determination in January that Arizonans would have to pay federal income taxes on those state tax rebates, […]

State revenues beat revised projections, but the large deficit remains

BY: - February 20, 2024

State revenues slightly beat forecasts in January, though that has more to do with an annual revision of economic projections than it does with sagging state tax collections turning around suddenly. And it doesn’t do much, if anything, to get lawmakers any closer to solving the estimated $1.7 billion deficit that must be closed before […]

Almost 1 in 4 AZ Republicans wants to secede from the U.S.

BY: - February 19, 2024

Nearly one in four Arizona Republicans think the Grand Canyon State should secede from the United States, a recent poll found. Online pollster YouGov surveyed more than 35,000 U.S. adults in 46 states earlier this month and found that just about a quarter of Americans said they would support their state seceding, ranging from less […]

Arizona could be the first in the nation to create an animal abuser registry

BY: - February 16, 2024

Lawmakers are looking to take animal cruelty penalties to a new level by establishing an animal abuser registry to publicize the information of convicted offenders in the same way that sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement.  If the plan is successful, Arizona would become the first state in the nation to create […]