A top official at the Arizona Department of Education said the state can make changes to Common Core without jeopardizing hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding, thanks to an agreement it reached with a national group that helped craft the K-12 academic standards.Read More »
Republican Rep. Jay Lawrence of Scottsdale told readers of the blog that he had filed a complaint wi...
When Javan “J.D.” Mesnard first showed up at the Capitol in 2002, he was a messy-haired 21-year-old ...
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Rep. Ceci Velasquez, D-Phoenix, has agreed to a plea bargain to end a criminal case alleging food st...
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Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, appears to have locked up the votes to become the next speaker of the...
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State lawmakers wrapped up the 2015 session early Friday -- but not before refusing to approve one of the pet projects of Gov. Doug Ducey, a defeat gubernatorial press aide Daniel Scarpinato blamed on “special interests and lobbyists doing shady business with the state.”Read More »
Arizonans will still be able to board domestic airline flights without a passport come 2016 after Arizona lawmakers in the waning hours of the legislative session approved a measure allowing state transportation officials to issue federally approved identification cards known as REAL ID.Read More »
The Republican-controlled Legislature has rejected a bill that would have asked voters to repeal the Clean Elections Commission and use the money to fund education. The measure is one of several election-related bills Republicans were pushing to address campaign finance, ...Read More »
A measure limiting who can collect early ballots quietly died in the House on Friday morning, even as lawmakers explained their votes.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature wrapped up its work for the year early Friday morning, making the lightning-fast 81-day 2015 legislative session the shortest since man landed on the moon.Read More »
Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican lawmakers have largely walked in lockstep since the new governor was sworn in, but controversial measures pushed by his allies in the Legislature have forced him to make tough decisions, which resulted in his first round of vetoes.Read More »
Sign-toting protestors made noise opposing a bill giving police officers involved in shootings a two-month period of anonymity, but Gov. Doug Ducey listened most closely to the chiefs of police in deciding to veto it.Read More »
The House on April 1 gave final approval to HB2407, which demands strict compliance with constitutional and statutory requirements for referendum and recall efforts – or else a judge may toss out the voter-driven effort.Read More »
Senate Bill 1241 by Republican Rep. Warren Petersen of Gilbert would ban counties, cities and towns from banning or charging fees for returning containers such as plastic bags or Styrofoam boxes. It also blocks cities and towns from requiring business owners from measuring or reporting energy usage.Read More »