Entries by Elizabeth Troutman

Arizona ‘election bible’ Stalls as Ducey Refuses to Sign Unfinished Work

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will not take action in the dispute over a new Election Procedures Manual due to the lack of agreement between Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, Ducey said in a letter. Hobbs submitted the 2021 version of the manual for approval on Oct. 1, 2021. Brnovich submitted […]

Phoenix Six-Figure Job Growth Ranks Second Among Large U.S. Metros

Estimated Reading Time: < 1 minute

Phoenix has the second-highest percentage change in high-paying jobs out of a list of large U.S. metros, according to a Stessa report. Phoenix saw a 217.1% increase in six-figure jobs from 2015 to 2020, marking the second-largest percentage increase among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas. More Phoenix workers made six-figure salaries in 2020 than the […]

Arizona Joins 24-state Coalition Against Biden Head Start Mandates

Estimated Reading Time: < 1 minute

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has joined 24 other states in filing a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates for staff and volunteers in Head Start programs. Head Start programs provide children ages 3 to 5 and their families at or below the federal poverty level with early childhood education and […]

Covid Vaccination Incentives Could Cost Phoenix $29 Million

Estimated Reading Time: < 1 minute

The city of Phoenix will offer bonuses up to $2,000 to vaccinated city employees, costing the city between $25 million to $29 million. The Phoenix City Council voted, 6-3, this week to approve the bonuses, which will go out to full and part-time employees by Jan. 18. City employees who do not have the option […]

Potential Terrorist Caught Near Yuma

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes

A Saudi Arabian man described by a U.S. Border Patrol chief as a “potential terrorist” was apprehended attempting to enter the U.S. illegally near Yuma, Arizona. He was apprehended wearing a New York county ambulance jacket. Yuma Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent Chris Clem announced the apprehension on Twitter with an accompanying blurred photo of the man. […]

Ducey Eases Commercial Driver’s License Requirements

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

It is now easier for Arizona drivers to obtain commercial driver’s licenses under a new order from Gov. Doug Ducey. Ducey and the Arizona Department of Transportation hope to “alleviate stress” on the transportation system and address the nationwide supply chain crisis, the news release said. “We are working to make sure commercial drivers and […]

Brnovich Requests Restraining Order Against Biden Vaccine Mandate

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich asked the U.S. District Court in Arizona for a temporary restraining order and nationwide preliminary injunction against the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates. “The COVID-19 vaccine mandate is one of the greatest infringements upon individual liberty, federalism, and the separation of powers by any administration in our country’s history,” Brnovich […]

Tucson To Terminate Unvaccinated City Employees, Gov. Ducey Threatens Legal Action

Estimated Reading Time: < 1 minute

The Tucson City Council decided in a 4-3 vote to terminate city employees who are not vaccinated by Dec. 1, resulting in backlash from Gov. Doug Ducey, who called the decision “unfathomable.” City Manager Michael Ortega recommended the termination of the more than 300 unvaccinated city employees if they did not comply by Dec. 1. […]

Forest Service Sees Bipartisan Anger in Arizona Over Killed Wildfire Prevention Contract

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

The U.S Forest Service announced the cancellation of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), prompting criticism from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and U.S. Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema. “The Forest Service blindsided Arizonans with their decision to cancel the long-awaited 4FRI contract,” Kelly said in a press release. “This is unacceptable and is only […]

Brnovich Warns Biden Secretary of Education About Meddling in Arizona School Mask Ban

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s Office says it will not tolerate a federal government investigation into Arizona’s school mask policies. That’s according to a letter from Brnovich to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on Aug. 31. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced Monday that they “opened directed investigations in […]