The Senate on Jan. 19 approved a two-bill package that expands a program allowing a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to groups that give scholarships to private school students.Read More »
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A major push is underway in Arizona to strike at the very heart of public unions by eliminating their ability to negotiate collective bargaining agreements. As envisioned, the prohibition would extend to all public-safety unions, including firefighter and police associations.Read More »
Undeterred by major setbacks last year, a freshman legislator is once again pushing immigration bills that could lead to another showdown over how best to confront the issue.
Sen. Steve Smith, a Maricopa Republican, is proposing laws that would require school districts to count the number of students who are in the country illegally and to require hospitals to report patients who cannot prove their lawful status.
Sen. Steve Smith, a Republican from Maricopa, has reached a deal with a colleague to run for the House, a move that avoids what could have been a bruising primary slugfest for the Senate seat.Read More »
Andrei Cherny, chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party, is stepping down from his position in order to take on a “new and different task.”
He didn’t mention it in the letter he sent out today, but Cherny is expected to soon announce he is running for Congress in the new 9th Congressional District, which includes parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Mesa.
Sen. Frank Antenori of Tucson today announced he is running for Congress to fill the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Congresswoman Gabriele Giffords.Read More »
Three big hospital groups in the state have severed their membership from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association.
Abrazo Health Care, Banner Health and Dignity Health, which runs St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, today informed the association that they are withdrawing.
Despite stiff opposition from teachers and health advocates, the Republican-led Senate is pushing ahead with a bill that would give schools the ability to opt out of the federal school lunch program, which provides free or reduced-price meals to low-income pupils.Read More »
A Senate panel today approved a proposal to create an armed militia that could be deployed to the Mexican border and support local governments combat the drug cartels.Read More »
A coalition of businesses, religious organizations and political figures is pushing an ambitious project to change the tone of the immigration discussion in Arizona and steer it toward policies that promote comprehensive, more humane and nuanced solutions.Read More »