law enforcement

Backpage, mistrial, prostitution, sex ads
Nov 17, 2023

Backpage founder convicted of 1 count of money laundering, jury deadlocks on 84 other counts

Michael Lacey, a founder of the lucrative classified site Backpage.com, was convicted Thursday on a single count of money laundering and acquitted on another. But an Arizona jury deadlocked on 84 other counts against him in a case that alleged he participated in a scheme to sell sex ads, leading the judge to declare a mistrial.

fentanyl, candidates, border, DeSantis, Haley, Ramaswamy, GOP, Mexico
Oct 9, 2023

Some GOP candidates want to use force against Mexico to stop fentanyl, experts say that won’t work

Ron DeSantis wants suspected drug smugglers at the U.S.-Mexico border to be shot dead. Nikki Haley promises to send American special forces into Mexico. Vivek Ramaswamy has accused Mexico's leader of treating drug cartels as his "sugar daddy" and says that if he is elected president, "there will be a new daddy in town."

traffic cameras, Senate bill
Jun 9, 2023

Veto of SB1234 is keeping Arizona roads safe   

The veto of Senate Bill 1234, a piece of legislation that sought to prohibit the use of traffic cameras in Arizona, marks an important moment for safety on our roads. The decision to veto this bill sends a clear message about the value of these devices in ensuring the well-being of everyone who uses our state's thoroughfares. 

Tempe Town Lake, lawsuit, police, drowning
May 31, 2023

Family of man who drowned in Tempe Town Lake files wrongful death lawsuit

The family of a man who drowned in Tempe Town Lake a year ago filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city Wednesday, noting that its police department doesn't have a policy requiring officers to go into the water to save someone.

Sinema, Lamb, Pinal County, election, U.S. Senate
Apr 11, 2023

Sheriff Mark Lamb says he’s running for US Senate in Arizona

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb said Tuesday he's running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona, becoming the first Republican to jump into a high-profile race for the seat now held by independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema.

Senate, Harris, Borrelli, Rogers, Kolodin, Jones, bribery, elections, Stahl-Hamilton, ethics complaint, House, panel
Feb 27, 2023

Republican leaders condemn ‘defamatory’ accusations made during elections hearing 

Republican legislative leadership expressed heavy criticism toward a freshman lawmaker for inviting a speaker who made unfounded allegations of bribery against several elected and appointed officials.

mushrooms, psilocybin mushrooms, Senate, House, legislation, psychedelics, PTSD, depression, Shah, Payne
Feb 24, 2023

Bills would fund research of psilocybin mushrooms to treat PTSD, depression

Arizona lawmakers are giving a big thumbs up to the party drug known as Ecstasy and turning on to hallucinogenic magic mushrooms, too. But don’t take this wrong – they’re not pushing the drugs for the usual recreational uses. Instead, bills that would fund a $30 million research program to study psilocybin mushrooms in treating post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression, and another to le[...]

drugs, border, Mexico, Manuel Gortari-Redondo, extradited, marijuana, Nebraska, Arizona, Tucson, interstate drug smuggling organization, money laundering, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, Mexico City
Jan 18, 2023

Hobbs, legislature should prioritize funding for Border Strike Task Force

As the head of agencies that benefit from the state investment in law enforcement activities related to border crime, the Arizona Sheriff’s Association members urge Gov. Katie Hobbs to consider the important work done using the border task force dollars that have gone for local law enforcement throughout the state.

Navajo Nation, president, water, tribal rights, Biden Administrationtribal, Indigenous, Buu Nygren, Jonathan Nez, general election, Washington, D.C., Diné, Navajos, New Mexico, Arizona, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Vietnamese, oil, gas, pandemic, generational trauma
Jan 10, 2023

Buu Nygren sworn in as next Navajo Nation president

Buu Nygren was sworn in Tuesday as the next president of the vast Navajo Nation, a job that will test his ability to make good on promises to deliver water, electricity and broadband to tens of thousands of residents who don't have it.

Nov 21, 2022

Changing perceptions of cannabis boost community impact of dispensaries

Marijuana dispensaries are viewed like pharmacies – they offer essential services that help to provide medicine and relief to individuals who battle life-altering pain and illnesses, from cancer and epilepsy to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as neurologic conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder. Similarly, Arizona’s cannabis industry has become a lifeblood for a host [...]

police misconduct, free enterprise,Mesa Police, Utah, POST, Colorado, Arizona, Ducey, Data for Progress and the Justice Collaborative Institute, Freedom Forum, integrity
Sep 29, 2022

‘Integrity bulletins’ focus on police misconduct

Providing public information about police misconduct records can be a messy process but bulletins in Arizona and other states aim to keep residents informed of these issues. 

Feb 14, 2022

House panel looks to blunt ‘defund the police’

A House panel voted Monday to ask voters to bar cities from cutting funding for police and sheriffs or risk losing state aid.  Rep. Walt Blackman, R-Snowflake, said the move is designed to blunt – and outright prohibit – calls to “defund the police” and instead use some of the dollars on alternatives to sworn […]