Paul Bender

Sep 13, 2023

Sovereign citizens’ filings flood Pima County, parallel national resurgence of controversial movement

By filing specially formatted paperwork, sovereigns believe they can remove themselves from the system, and they’re increasingly choosing to start the process in Pima County.  

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Aug 4, 2023

Legislative leaders increase intervening in court 

On Aug. 1, legislative leaders filed an emergency motion in federal court to defend a law Republicans passed last year – one of many moves they’ve made in ongoing court cases this year. 

May 3, 2022

Post-Roe Arizona abound in possibilities

Arizona is facing the possibility of a total ban on abortions this year if states get back the power to enforce their own abortion regulations. 

Aug 27, 2021

Tucking policy in budget to get tested in court

Two lawsuits seeking to overturn multiple controversial provisions of this year’s state budget could have big implications for how lawmakers write budgets in the future – if the plaintiffs’ arguments prevail.

Feb 19, 2021

Rogers asks Supreme Court to reject defamation appeal

The former employer of a Wendy Rogers political opponent wants the state’s high court to decide whether a political candidate can be liable for defaming a third party while attacking the political rival.

Jan 14, 2021

Supreme Court opens door for more privacy intrusion

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling January 11 allows police to obtain information about people’s internet activity and identity without first getting a search warrant, making it easier for the government to see what most consider to be private information about their online habits.

Aug 28, 2020

IRC chair – the state’s most important political figure

An aide to Gov. Doug Ducey, a former top attorney for the state’s largest utility company and a former attorney at the Goldwater Institute are among 39 applicants for the chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

Aug 13, 2020

Judge erred in school tax ruling, attorneys say

Political attorneys say a judge erred in his ruling to throw off the ballot the latest attempt at taxing high-income earners to raise nearly $1 billion for public education.

Jul 17, 2020

Push for political power in next decade begins

The process to shape Arizona’s political landscape over the next decade kicked off July 13, as the application period opened for membership on the Independent Redistricting Commission. Although the intent of the voter-approved IRC was to take politics out of drawing legislative and congressional districts, the reality has been a politically charged process as seen […]

May 1, 2020

Ducey surpasses state record of judicial appointments

Gov. Doug Ducey has been in office for 1,942 days, and has made 71 judicial appointments over that span, but his picks will have a lasting impact on Arizona long after he leaves office.

Oct 25, 2019

Court clerk’s removal from office raises legal questions

It was a rough first year on the job for Cindy Woodman. The Graham County Superior Court clerk was in her first-ever role in the political arena, and some felt she was in over her head.

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Aug 9, 2019

Legislative legalization of recreational marijuana arduous, possible

Only two states have legalized marijuana for recreational use legislatively. Could Arizona become the third?