U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s quest to reassert federal scrutiny in states formerly covered by the Voting Rights Act’s preclearance requirement is giving some Arizona lawmakers hope that the state may again find itself in the Department of Justice’s sights.Read More »
Federal judges hearing a civil suit brought by Republican voters who claim the state's new legislative maps were illegally drawn to benefit Democrats questioned lawyers Friday about whether some members of the commission that made the maps were free of political influence.Read More »
A federal court is allowing lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice to participate in arguments on April 2 over Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's bid to overturn a ruling that bars police from enforcing a minor part of the state's 2010 immigration law.Read More »
A bill spawned by police corruption in a polygamist town received unanimous approval Tuesday in the House Government Committee.
And while the bill passed easily and has support of police unions, sparks flew when a Utah civil rights attorney who spoke against the measure suggested the U.S. Department of Justice and Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board could address corrupt police departments.
A state lawmaker’s plan to save the state money by sending government materials only in English may run afoul of the Civil Rights Act and federal guidelines, and could cost state agencies billions per year in federal dollars.Read More »
Arizona politics not only kept courts busy in 2012, but led to a landmark case in June when the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the state’s most prominent immigration policy.Read More »
Attorney General Tom Horne will try to disband Colorado City’s police force with legislation again next year, but not without some renewed opposition from lawmakers whose district includes the polygamist town.Read More »
A federal judge will hear arguments Friday on a request to move a civil rights lawsuit against two polygamous towns out of Arizona.Read More »
With the U.S. Supreme Court set to review a law that requires federal approval of any changes to Arizona’s election laws and procedures, Attorney General Tom Horne said Tuesday the measure has outlived its usefulness.Read More »
Tobin’s plan seems likely to run into preclearance problems with DOJ.Read More »