Sen. Steve Smith is planning to introduce a bill that would tie performance to pay for K-12 teachers.Read More »
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Most judges in Arizona are elected, but they are muzzled and hand-cuffed when it comes to campaigning.
They can’t put out their hands for money and they can’t endorse or associate with candidates in other partisan elections or political causes, but an attorney in Mohave County is among a handful of judicial candidates and judges around the nation who are challenging the constitutionality of those restrictions in court.
The Arizona Court of Appeals struck another blow Thursday to the Land Department’s effort to fund its budget by using proceeds from the sale of state trust land. The court unanimously upheld a lower-court ruling that found the Trust Land Management Fund, established in 2009, to be unconstitutional.Read More »
An all-out blitz by county lobbying organizations is under way to repeal a 2011 law requiring anyone sentenced to prison for a year or less to serve the time in county jail.Read More »
Most of the taco buffet was gone when Randy Parraz finally arrived at the Citizens for a Better Arizona party at 8:11 p.m., but he came with news that brought a cheer from the 100 or so guests.
“It’s 53 to 45, we’re up by 1,000,” Parraz announced as he reached out a hand to Sen. Steve Gallardo and embraced him.
A tattoo, tattooing and the business of tattooing are constitutionally protected speech, the Arizona Court of Appeals determined Thursday by ruling in favor of a couple that was denied a use permit to open a tattoo parlor in Mesa. The court reversed a Maricopa County Superior Court decision in favor of the city and ordered the lower court to hold further proceedings.Read More »
Lawyers for former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his former deputies rested their cases Wednesday in discipline proceedings.Read More »
President Barack Obama is nominating Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Read More »
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge refused on Thursday to halt the bidding process for planned private prisons.Read More »
The answers provided by former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and his deputy Lisa Aubuchon during three days of testimony this week maintained a consistent theme: It was nothing personal.Read More »