Briefs

Tempe to decide between two controversial security firms

BY: - December 17, 2018

Last month the city of Tempe took some heat for a decision to add armed security guards to their parks. Now, the city council will be deciding if it wants to stick with G4S Security or instead hire another firm, Allied Universal Security, which also has a history of indiscretions.

AZ legislator wants to require counties accept any grants for law enforcement, prosecutors

BY: - December 14, 2018

An Oro Valley Republican wants to take away the authority of all county governing bodies to turn down any federal money awarded to law enforcement and prosecutors, effectively mandating that counties rubber stamp the partnerships between federal law enforcement and local law enforcement if the federal government provides any amount of funding.

Retired AZ judges to ICE: Stop arrests at courthouses

BY: - December 14, 2018

A group of 68 retired judges from 23 states sent a letter Wednesday to the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement urging the agency to stop arrests at courthouses. Among those judges were 16 from Arizona, including two former chief justices of the Arizona Supreme Court.

WaPo: McSally’s stock is dropping on the Ninth Floor

BY: - December 13, 2018

Gov. Doug Ducey’s enthusiasm for appointing Martha McSally to the U.S. Senate has waned, the Washington Post reported.

Prescott newspaper owner embroiled in bonkers divorce

BY: - December 13, 2018

The Associated Press reported today on the latest developments in an utterly bizarre divorce involving the owner of a chain of rural Arizona community newspapers that includes an alleged attempted poisoning, alleged methamphetamine use, a newspaper ad featuring skulls and rats, and a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.

Rental company changes name, website after complaint about ASU trademark infringement

BY: - December 13, 2018

Infamous Tempe landlord Tim Wright appears to have had to change his company’s name, Rent Me ASU, likely due to pressure from Arizona State University.

Supreme Court won’t hear appeal of ‘strict compliance’ law for initiatives

BY: - December 11, 2018

The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to a 2017 law requiring citizen initiative campaigns to strictly comply with statutory requirements. Previously, the courts had imposed a lesser standard of substantial compliance, meaning initiatives wouldn’t be barred from the ballot over minor defects on issues such as the format of petitions […]

Dem leader: If Rep. Stringer brings ‘toxicity’ to the Legislature, expulsion calls will follow

BY: - December 10, 2018

Rep. Reginald Bolding, a Phoenix Democrat and one of two black lawmakers, said he expects Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives will push to expel Rep. David Stringer if the embattled Prescott Republican creates an “unsafe working environment” when the Legislature convenes in January. Stringer has been called on to resign by numerous groups […]

The Intercept questions Kyl’s lobbying ties

BY: - December 10, 2018

Jon Kyl’s brief return to the U.S. Senate will likely pay dividends when he returns to his old lobbying practice, where he represented clients whose interests he’s promoted since Gov. Doug Ducey appointed him to fill John McCain’s seat, The Intercept reported on Monday. David Dayen of The Intercept reported that Kyl, who joined the […]

Hobbs will remove herself as plaintiff in campaign finance lawsuit

BY: - December 7, 2018

Hobbs will remove herself as one of the plaintiffs in a legal challenge to a 2016 campaign finance law, which her new office has been tasked with defending in court, a spokeswoman said.

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McSally has $1M war chest if a 2020 run is in the cards

BY: - December 7, 2018

Martha McSally is well positioned to mount a U.S. Senate campaign in 2020 if the seat that voters awarded to the late John McCain in 2016 becomes vacant in the coming weeks, as most political observers expect. According to a report by the Arizona’s Politics blog, McSally’s campaign disclosed having more than $1 million in […]

Justice reform committee nixed after Stringer loses chairmanship

BY: - December 4, 2018

Incoming Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers dissolved the new House Recidivism and Sentencing Reform Committee after removing Rep. David Stringer as its chairman due to racist comments that recently came to light.