Phoenix New Times

Nov 8, 2019

Education groups consider measure to tax rich – and poor

The activists behind last year’s Invest in Education Act are considering a comeback – they’re eyeing a sales tax hike, an idea they have routinely rejected in the past as regressive and detrimental to the poor.

Jul 31, 2019

Allen weathers criticism of racially-charged comments

The Democratic senator and liberal activists who delivered more than 1,000 petitions calling for Sen. Sylvia Allen to lose her position as leader of the Senate Education Committee Wednesday morning acknowledged that Allen isn’t likely to go anywhere.

Jul 28, 2019

Lawmaker condemned for saying US might look like South America

A veteran Arizona legislator is apologizing while defending herself from criticism for comments she made on immigration and birth rates.

Jun 19, 2019

Utility regulator to consider ban on cutting power in summer

Taken by surprise by reports that an elderly woman died a heat-related death after her power was cut off last summer, state utility regulators are now moving to curb the ability of electric companies to shut off power during the hottest months of the year.

May 22, 2019

ACLU alleges Maricopa County Attorney illegally withholds public records

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona is suing Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, alleging he has failed to fulfill an abundance of public records requests for a freelance journalist who received just one document over a seven month period.

A small snippet of a police report detailing sex-related charges brought against former Rep. David Stringer. The report was released among more than 400 pages of documents on March 29, 2019, two days after Stringer resigned from the state House of Representatives.
Mar 29, 2019

Police report: Stringer had sex with minors

Former Rep. David Stringer repeatedly invited underage boys into his home for sex, according to records obtained during a House ethics investigation of the recently-resigned lawmaker.

Mar 14, 2019

State Bar closes Stringer investigation without misconduct finding

The Arizona State Bar has dismissed its investigation into Rep. David Stringer.

In this Aug. 25, 2014 file photo, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery speaks during a news conference in Phoenix. Hundreds of immigrants who have been denied bail under a strict Arizona law will now have the opportunity to be released after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in the closely watched case. The high court kept intact a lower-court ruling from three weeks ago that struck down the law, which was passed in 2006 amid a series of immigration crackdowns in Arizona over the past decade. Montgomery and Sehriff Joe Arpaio defended the law before the courts.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Mar 8, 2019

Political baggage burdens Montgomery’s Supreme Court quest

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery has won three consecutive elections as the county’s chief prosecutor, but he couldn’t get the few votes needed to make it on the shortlist of Arizona Supreme Court nominees.

Rep. David Stringer (Photo by Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services)
Jan 29, 2019

Second ethics complaint filed against Stringer

Democrat Rep. Reginald Bolding is bringing his own House ethics complaint against Rep. David Stringer and dropping his push for an immediate vote to expel his Republican colleague.

Jan 28, 2019

Republicans sidestep expulsion vote of Rep. Stringer, ethics committee to probe allegations

House Republicans today bypassed a motion to expel Rep. David Stringer in favor of an ethics investigation of recent allegations against their colleague.

(Photo by Carmen Forman/Arizona Capitol Times)
Jan 4, 2019

Bills to restrict teachers reawakens Red for Ed movement

A handful of bills introduced ahead of the 2019 legislative session are already stirring up tensions in the education community, leaving some to wonder if the Capitol will again be awash in red.

Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Director Jeff Hood (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Feb 19, 2018

Jeff Hood: Hooked on juvenile corrections from an early age

Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections Director Jeff Hood stumbled into working with kids at a formative time in his own life.