John Kavanagh

Jun 16, 2023

Hobbs vetoes 4 bills targeting drag shows, performers

Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed four bills Friday designed to target "drag'' shows and performers.

Apr 3, 2023

State representative announces she’s nonbinary, gender-nonconforming during debate on pronouns

A state representative announced she identifies as nonbinary, gender-nonconforming on Monday during a House Appropriations Committee discussion of a Republican bill that would prohibit school employees from calling students by their preferred pronouns or a name not listed on their school record without parental consent.

Feb 23, 2023

Abortion debate brings out lawmakers’ personal experiences, emotions

In a usually contentious forum, lawmakers on Wednesday wept, offered comfort, and spoke about their struggles with ambivalence on abortion as they discussed a proposed law that would require medical professionals to try and save any “infant born alive.” 

Aug 18, 2022

Law limiting recording of police unconstitutional

When Apple launched the iPhone, it could not have imagined how profoundly the technology would change the world. From giving us a lifeline during the Covid pandemic to putting the news at our fingertips, smartphones have broken down barriers.  

Jun 7, 2022

HOA residents can fly flags supporting law enforcement, other causes limited

Residents of homeowner associations will soon be free to fly flags supporting law enforcement, regardless of any rules to the contrary.

Mar 18, 2022

Special session sought to fix PC snafu

While both the House and Senate have passed bills to walk back a legal change made earlier this month and allow for precinct committeeman elections, neither has enough support now to take effect in time. 

guns, bill, Senate, House, parents, campuses, Shamp, Kolodin, CCW, Nguyen, Lupe Contreras
Mar 11, 2022

Gun happy GOP lawmakers push for expansion

Republicans have introduced several bills this year to expand the places where people can carry a concealed handgun.

eggs, cage-free, laying hens, grocery costs, animal cruelty, Hickman's Egg Ranch, Arizona Farm Bureau
Feb 18, 2022

GOP lawmakers differ over accepting Afghan kids

Republican lawmakers have been staking out conflicting positions on whether Afghan refugees should be resettled here, and the fear of public backlash led the enrollment of refugee children to be delayed in one local school district.  The enrollment of about 80 refugee children in Scottsdale schools was delayed due to concerns about how the public […]

Jan 27, 2022

Bill sets 15-foot distance to film cops

Sponsor of House Bill 2319 says it will keep officers safe and result in better police videos while critics say it would be an unconstitutional restriction on free speech.

Nov 12, 2021

Ruling could lead to longer sessions

Some Arizona lawmakers say a court ruling that will limit adding policy provisions to budget bills could make for a very different session next year, and possibly a longer one. 

Jul 19, 2021

COMMENTARY: A tale of 2 GOP-controlled legislatures

I quickly noticed some obvious parallels between the politics of my old home and my new one.

Jul 16, 2021

Flat tax a legacy of GOP caucus

Perhaps the longest-lasting consequence of this year’s session will be the $1.8 billion in ongoing tax cuts lawmakers passed on party lines.