Law & Government

House panel approve bill to let pharmacists write prescriptions, over doctors’ objections

BY: - February 7, 2019

A bill that would allow pharmacists to administer tests for things like strep, flu and tuberculosis, as well as allow them to prescribe certain medications, narrowly cleared a House committee this morning.

Bill banning early ballot drop-offs appears doomed

BY: - February 6, 2019

Senate Republicans advanced a controversial bill that would bar Arizonans from dropping off their early ballots in person at polling places, but GOP holdouts appear likely to stop it from going any further. Republican Sens. Kate Brophy McGee and Heather Carter were silent during the contentious, hour-long debate over Senate Bill 1046 on Wednesday. However, […]

Move it: Educators encouraged by early results of Arizona recess law

BY: - February 6, 2019

Arizona teachers, parents and legislators teamed up last year for the sake of children’s health, pushing for legislation that would require more recess or unstructured playtime for elementary school children. The early results of that effort are promising, educators say.

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Straight from the fever swamps to your inbox

BY: - February 6, 2019

There is a curious newsletter that periodically lands in my email inbox, and the inboxes of most political reporters in Arizona. Titled the “American Post-Gazette,” the newsletter is filled with the (frequently conspiratorial) musings of anonymous right-wing activists who, because they self-importantly fashion themselves as patriots defending the republic from evil-doers, adopt the pen names […]

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Bill Montgomery shouldn’t be on the Supreme Court

BY: - February 5, 2019

The Arizona Supreme Court recently announced a forthcoming vacancy. In all, 13 candidates applied, including Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. But Montgomery’s background shows that he lacks traits necessary to serve in this capacity: He can’t fairly consider misconduct allegations, is driven by ideology and lacks appellate experience crucial to the highest Court in our state.

Criminal justice reform advocates split on GOP bills to reduce sentences

BY: - February 5, 2019

A bill that would reduce sentencing requirements for people convicted of drug offenses isn’t nearly as ambitious as another far-reaching sentencing reform proposal, but may have significantly better odds of passage this legislative session.

Trump nominates ex-Rosemont mine lobbyist to lead Interior

BY: - February 4, 2019

President Trump on Monday announced that he’ll nominate David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the Rosemont copper mine in Arizona and George W. Bush administration official, to become the next Interior secretary.

Bills aim to create committee to study violence against Native women

BY: - February 4, 2019

Data on murders of indigenous women is hard to come by, and bills proposed in the Arizona House and Senate aim to shine a light on that and more.

COMMENTARY

Arizona continues to race to the bottom on public education

BY: - February 4, 2019

The Arizona strike revealed a sad reality: Arizona’s public school system is in a race to the bottom.

Tax conformity veto sets up showdown

BY: - February 1, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a tax conformity bill, setting up a showdown with Republican legislators and injecting more uncertainty for Arizonans who are preparing to file their 2018 taxes.

Voters just rejected expanding ESA access. This bill would do the opposite.

BY: - February 1, 2019

Less than three months after voters rejected a legislative attempt to broadly expand a controversial school choice program, a Republican senator is hoping lawmakers will approve a narrower expansion for middle-class students. Senate Bill 1396, sponsored by Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would increase access to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to families at or below 185 percent of […]

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An end to second-class citizenship? Arizona, don’t let us down

BY: - February 1, 2019

If you’re like most Americans, you probably thought the Constitution already guarded against sex discrimination. But you’re wrong.