With the opening of two grand, new casino facilities in the Valley of the Sun in the past year-and-a-half and hugely popular televised poker tournaments that create instant millionaires annually, the expansion and popularity of poker can’t be denied.Read More »
For John Schnaubelt, operating the card room he founded in north Phoenix is merely a small piece of a much larger effort to legitimize poker as a largely skill-based sport. He wants card rooms to be as easy to open as any other entertainment destination.Read More »
As they grapple with an unrelenting fiscal crisis for the third year in a row, Arizona’s policymakers have increasingly turned to an accounting maneuver to stave off crippling cuts to education.Read More »
In his campaign last summer to represent Arizona’s predominantly Hispanic 16th Legislative District, freshman Democrat Ruben Gallego spent a significant portion of his time talking to parents and meeting with school officials. The No. 1 concern he heard from parents, he says, was the effect of SB1070.Read More »
Of the 841 bills filed by lawmakers as of 5 p.m. Jan. 26, more than 10 percent deal in some way with education-related issues. A total of 97 education bills have been filed in the two chambers. For a listing and status of all the bills filed so far in the First Regular Session of the 50th Legislature, see our bill summaries in Section B. Bill titles courtesy of Arizona Capitol Reports.Read More »
As targets for Internet thieves go, few loom as large and tempting than an entire state government.
Within its files and servers are millions of pieces of valuable information that would make a hacker drool: Social Security numbers, tax-liability records, legal information kept under court seal, and much more.
Steve Zylstra attended four Arizona Commerce Authority subcommittee meetings over eight days last month to make absolutely sure the newly formed economic development agency got his message loud and clear.Read More »
Probation officers who have sex with offenders they supervise, criminal defendants who fail to appear for court and the practice of tapping retired judges to serve on the bench are among the issues the state’s courts are considering for their 2011 legislative agenda.Read More »
The Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project has been connecting victims and their families with legal aid since 1997. The program serves approximately 12,000 victims annually.Read More »
Arizona’s Clean Elections system has had a polarizing effect on Arizona politics since becoming law in 1998. Supporters claim it eliminates the influence of special-interest money in elections, while opponents say the system is unfair and dampens free speech.Read More »