14th Amendment

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Dec 8, 2022

Debt collectors trying to repeal Proposition 209

A cadre of debt collectors are seeking to repeal Proposition 209, a ballot measure which sets limits on interest rates for medical debt and increases exemptions for debt collection.  

Mar 13, 2019

After nearly a century, why are we still fighting for the ERA?

As Arizona moves closer to ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, those against women’s equality are trotting out those old desperate Phyllis Schlafly myths so I’d like to set the record straight with a few facts. The language of the ERA is simple and direct – the same 24 words Alice Paul introduced to Congress in […]

Mar 6, 2019

Costly Consequences: The Irony of the Equal Rights Amendment

Public policy often sounds better in theory than it plays out in reality. The Affordable Care Act, The Patriot Act, The Women’s Reproductive Health Care Act have all been criticized for arguably not living up to their names. The same will be said of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), should it pass the many hurdles ahead.

Feb 22, 2011

Senate panel passes birthright bills

After a rocky start, the birthright legislation finally received committee approval on Feb. 22, overcoming the initial hurdle before the full Senate can debate and vote on the measure that is stirring so much raw emotion and is solidifying Arizona’s reputation as ground zero in the struggle to confront illegal immigration.

Feb 14, 2011

Birthright bills won’t be heard this week

The birthright legislation has taken a backseat after lawmakers convened in a special session Monday to tackle a bill that aims to cut taxes as a way to attract businesses to Arizona.

Feb 13, 2011

Constitutional obstacle course: the challenges facing the birthright citizenship bill backers

Frustrated by the federal government's refusal to solve illegal immigration, some lawmakers want the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve who exactly is an American citizen.

In trying to define citizenship, birthright busters will have to navigate not only through the U.S. Supreme Court, but the U.S. Senate, other states and even their own caucus.

Lawmakers mull automatic citizenship bill

Arizona lawmakers are holding a hearing on a bill that challenges automatic U.S. citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

Feb 7, 2011

Birthright citizenship debate, a preview

When lawmakers today tackle a proposal that is aimed at ultimately challenging the citizenship of American-born children of illegal immigrants, the debate probably will focus on the meaning of a phrase of the 14th Amendment: Who exactly is “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States?

Jan 28, 2011

Birthright proposal not on the majority agenda

For the most powerful man in the Senate, denying American citizenship to children born to undocumented aliens is the next step in the Arizona-led crusade to confront illegal immigration in the country. But a majority of Senate President Russell Pearce’s colleagues don’t see it as a priority, and they may not go along if the so-called birthright citizenship bill is voted on before the Legislatu[...]

Jan 7, 2011

Birthright-citizenship bill puts squeeze on biz-friendly Republicans

This week's unveiling of the birthright-citizenship legislation marked the beginning of the next crusade for illegal-immigration hawks and signaled a call to arms for Democrats. But it led business-friendly Republicans in the Arizona Legislature into a political minefield.

Aug 4, 2010

Calderon considering drug legalization in light of violence

President Felipe Calderon said he would consider a debate on legalizing drugs Tuesday as his government announced that more than 28,000 people have been killed in drug violence since he launched a crackdown against cartels in 2006.

Dec 3, 2009

Goddard takes pro-gun stance in Supreme Court case

After sitting on the sidelines while the U.S. Supreme Court mulled a 2008 landmark gun control case affecting the nation's capital, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard has added his name to a legal brief that asks the court to strike a handgun ban enacted by the city of Chicago.