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Arizona, Texas Governors Ask States To Send Law Enforcement To Border

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott want other states to send police officers to aid their law enforcement agencies and federal immigration officials in policing the nation’s southern border. In a letter from both governors, Ducey and Abbott wrote the surge in immigration from Mexico and Central American states is at a […]

Ducey Declares Emergency Over Wildfires

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is freeing up extra money to aid in the fight against two large fires that have left tens of thousands of acres charred. Ducey issued two emergency declarations Wednesday because of the Telegraph and Mescal fires, making up to $400,000 available for increased response. Ducey’s office has requested additional federal funds […]

Lone Republican Derails Arizona Flat Income Tax Proposal

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Arizona Republicans weren’t able to convince one defecting member of their caucus to vote in favor of their budget that scraps the state’s progressive income tax brackets for one flat rate. Rep. David Cook, a Globe Republican, voted against all Republican-sponsored amendments to budget bills Monday that others in his party had agreed on, leaving […]

Federal Immigrant Detention Facility Quietly Opens in Scottsdale

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Local officials say the neighborhood, including nearby schools, a senior facility and single-family homes, isn’t zoned for a “drastic” change from the former hotel.   Arizona public officials are demanding answers about how a former hotel in Scottsdale became a short-term detention facility for asylum-seekers apprehended at the nation’s southern border.  The U.S. Department of […]

Arizona GOP Deadlocked, Adjourn With Budget in Limbo

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Republicans in the Arizona Legislature gaveled out Thursday, unable to agree among their caucus on a final budget. Lawmakers were told by Republican leadership Thursday afternoon that they couldn’t find common ground that would bring all of their members to vote for Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget that scrapped the state’s progressive income tax structure […]

Attempt To Ban Vaccine Passports In Arizona Fails

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A legislative effort to not only ban the creation of vaccine passports but punish businesses that require something similar narrowly failed in Arizona. The Senate called House Bill 2190 for a vote Thursday, even though a couple of Republicans were missing from what was expected to be a party-line vote. Should it have succeeded, the […]

Maricopa County Cuts PropertyTaxes In Latest Budget Proposal

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Even with the population increase in Arizona being among one of the fastest-growing states during the past decade, its 7.1 million population, especially in the Phoenix area shown here, was not enough to give the state a 10th congressional seat the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday, April 26, 2021. Arizona’s largest county is cutting property […]

Poll: Hispanics Care More About Economy,Jobs Than Social Issues; Dislike ‘Latinx’

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A year away from another election cycle, a nationwide poll of Hispanic Americans shows their opinions, interests and preferences don’t align perfectly with either of the country’s two major political parties. A joint effort between Arizona-based OH Predictive Insights, Chris Mottola Consulting and MAS Consulting polled 2,000 members of the Hispanic community from March 18 […]

Ducey Rescinds Unemployment Work-Search Waiver

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Arizonans accepting unemployment benefits will have to begin searching for work later this month if they want to continue receiving their weekly checks from the state. Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday he’s rescinding a waiver that allowed residents to collect unemployment benefits without proving they actively are searching for work.  The governor pointed to stories about local […]

Who’s To Blame for Arizona’s Nation-leading Census Undercount?

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Even with the population increase in Arizona being among one of the fastest-growing states during the past decade, its 7.1 million population, especially in the Phoenix area shown here, was not enough to give the state a 10th congressional seat the U.S. Census Bureau announced Monday, April 26, 2021. Last week’s U.S. Census Bureau figures […]