J.D. Mesnard

Apr 17, 2023

Expelled lawmaker nominated to fill House seat

Republican precinct committeemen in Legislative District 13 chose three candidates Monday night to replace expelled Rep. Liz Harris. And Harris got the most votes.

Feb 23, 2023

Tax cut proposals get initial approval

Courting a possible veto, Republican state senators have approved three proposals to cut individual income taxes as soon as this coming budget year – and deny the new governor the revenues she is counting on to create new programs and expand existing ones.

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Dec 22, 2022

Bipartisan support for election law change?

Election legislation led to partisan fireworks in the 2022 legislative session, but one significant election reform could potentially get bipartisan backing next year.

tax cuts, GOP, Republicans, businesses, Cano, Livingston, Ways and Means Committee, Children's Action Alliance
Dec 6, 2022

Petersen unveils inflation reduction plan, mirrors Lake’s

Senate President-Elect Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, unveiled a new plan to mitigate inflation on Tuesday, like the one gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake presented, but the measure will likely face heavy opposition. 

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Nov 8, 2022

Mesnard pulls ahead of Hans in LD13 Senate race

From left are political newcomer and Democrat Cindy Hans and Republican incumbent Sen. J.D. Mesnard. As of 11:16 a.m. on Wednesday, Mesnard was leading with 51.1% of the vote. 

drought, Colorado River, Lake Mead, Lake Powell, Mesa, Chandler, Arizona, water conservation, xeriscaping
Nov 3, 2022

Arizona lawmakers push California to cut water usage

Arizona state and federal lawmakers are pressuring California to cut its Colorado River usage as the federal government is threatening to intervene after states failed to agree on a plan to limit what they take from the river. 

AEL, Aggregate spending limit, Reginald Bolding, education, public education
Sep 15, 2022

Special session pushed to avoid over $1B in school funding cuts

Democrats and public school officials are again asking Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special legislative session to avoid over $1 billion in K-12 funding cuts this school year, months after Republicans used the promise of a special session as a carrot to bring Democrats on board with this year’s historic bipartisan budget. 

vote, early voting, Mesnard, U.S. District Court, voter registration, Snow, residents
Sep 2, 2022

Groups ask judge to block new law that could end registration for voters who move

Groups involved with signing up people to vote are asking a federal judge to block a new law that could leave some who move with no registration at all.

Apr 22, 2022

Senate leadership scramble, 3 eye presidency

The Senate is preparing to select new leadership next year in both parties, and three Republicans seem confident that they can win the presidency. 

legislation, child sex dollars, Senate, House, Nguyen, Bliss
Mar 22, 2022

Senate panel approves resurrected election bill

A Senate panel gave a new, temporary life Monday to a bill that would restrict early voting and mandate hand counts of ballots.

This Nov. 9, 2017, photo shows that even in the middle of the day, the I-10 often has heavy traffic. Vehicle emissions are a main contributor to ozone air pollution in Phoenix, a city built around the use of cars. (Photo by Jenna Miller/Arizona Capitol Times)
Mar 16, 2022

Transportation tax extension passes the Senate

A bill asking voters to extend a half-cent transportation sales tax in Maricopa County passed the Senate on Wednesday with an emergency clause.  The final vote was 21-9 with all Democrats and several Republicans supporting the bill.  If Senate Bill 1356 passes through the House with two thirds of members in support and is signed […]

Feb 17, 2022

Senate panel moves bill to create Lt. Governor

A Senate committee voted Thursday to approve bipartisan legislation that will let voters decide if they want to establish a Lieutenant Governor in Arizona.