Entries by Cole Lauterbach

Arizona Supreme Court Explains Voids of State Vaccination, Mask Ban Laws

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Arizona’s high court has elaborated on their decision to void additions to the most-recent state budget, saying lawmakers ran afoul of provisions in the state constitution meant to simplify legislation. Justices released their unanimous opinion Thursday [January 6] in Arizona School Boards Association et al. v. State of Arizona. The ruling, initially announced in September, […]

‘We Will Cut Taxes.’ Ducey Lays Out His Final Arizona Budget Priorities

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is reaffirming his commitment to lowering the state’s tax burden. In his final budget address, the Republican governor took the podium in the joint session of the state Legislature on Monday to give special attention to his seven-year record of shrinking and streamlining government. “We will cut taxes,” Ducey said. “It’s […]

After Massive Bust, Arizona Lawmaker Wants To Beef Up Fentanyl-Dealing Punishment

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An Arizona lawmaker wants to strengthen the penalty for drug dealers whose narcotics kill someone. State Rep. Quang Nguyen, R-Prescott, has introduced House Bill 2021, which, he said, would greatly strengthen penalties for individuals proven to have knowingly sold fentanyl-tainted drugs that lead to a person’s death. The legislation would classify drug trafficking homicide as […]

Ducey Quietly Bans All Public Worker Vaccination Mandates

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In an unannounced executive order regarding enhanced monitoring of COVID-19 metrics, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey banned public employers from requiring a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment. The order, signed Wednesday, primarily reactivates the state’s “enhanced surveillance advisory,” which requires most hospitals to provide consistent updates on ventilators, ICU beds, inpatient beds, ED beds, […]

Woman Fired by Hobbs Rejects Apology, Demands She Abandon Governor’s Race

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The woman who twice represented herself in successful discrimination lawsuits against now-Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is not only refusing an apology but demanding Hobbs give up her bid for Arizona governor. Hobbs posted a three-minute-long video Wednesday expressing remorse for her involvement in former Arizona Senate staffer Talonya Adams’ termination. “Please allow me to […]

Court Rules Arizona Can Scrap Unsigned Ballots After Polls Close

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(The Center Square) – A federal appellate court has flipped a lower court’s ruling, saying Arizona poll workers aren’t required to let a voter sign their ballot days after polls have closed. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that said it’s unconstitutional to allow voters to fix problematic signatures […]

Ducey’s News Conference Interrupted by Migrants Seeking Asylum

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Amid an announcement that Arizona is beefing up border security because of a surge in immigrants, Gov. Doug Ducey’s news conference along the U.S. border wall had some surprise visitors. Ducey, local law enforcement, and county and municipal officials were gathered in front of a gap in the U.S. southern border wall near Yuma to […]

CATO: Arizona Is The Ninth Freest State in U.S.

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Only eight states in the country have more freedom than Arizona. That’s according to the nonprofit CATO Institute’s annual Freedom in the 50 States report, which compares states based on several different aspects of autonomy and choice in respective states. The CATO Institute is a libertarian public policy think tank that promotes limited government, free […]

Phoenix Home Prices Experience Nation’s Biggest Price Spike in September

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(The Center Square) – Even though they already are at historic highs, home prices in the Valley are increasing faster than in any other market in America. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Schiller Home Price Index from September showed Phoenix home sale prices increased more than 33% from September 2020. Of the 20 major metropolitan markets the […]

Phoenix City Council Could Shoot Down COVID Vaccination Mandate

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Members of the Phoenix City Council are demanding a vote on a previous decision to adhere to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. In response to City Manager Jeff Barton’s decision the city is considered a federal contractor and must adhere to Biden’s mandate, Councilwoman Ann O’Brien wrote Mayor Kate Gallego to demand the council […]