Steve Smith

ESAs, educational options, open enrollment, survey, parents, students
Jul 17, 2023

Voters strongly support educational options including ESAs

Arizona families and voters of all affiliations believe that more educational options – not fewer – is what we need.

Dec 23, 2021

Promises to complete border wall iffy

Seizing on one of the most potent and polarizing symbols in national politics, some GOP candidates for Arizona governor are promising to finish the wall along Arizona's border with Mexico.

Sep 28, 2021

Court weighs whether political flamethrowers can damage 3rd parties

Mudslinging isn’t new to politics, but changes in technology make private citizens more susceptible to being dragged into the fray — and they should have legal recourse, the attorney for a former congressional candidate’s employer argued to the Arizona Supreme Court. 

Jul 19, 2021

School choice groups call session a win

While efforts to broadly expand Empowerment Scholarship Account, or vouchers, eligibility failed this year, school choice advocates found other reasons to celebrate the legislative session.

May 4, 2021

Supreme Court to hear lawmaker’s defamation case

The Arizona Supreme Court will hear the defamation case that stems from Arizona State Sen. Wendy Rogers’ attack ads during her failed 2018 Congressional run.

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.

Feb 8, 2021

Former Senate staffer likely to sue Rogers, attorney says

Sen. Wendy Rogers may face a civil lawsuit alongside a Senate ethics investigation and federal workplace discrimination complaint, her former assistant’s new attorney said Monday.

Feb 26, 2020

Group starts campaign to put school voucher restrictions on ballot

An organization of public school supporters wants voters to limit the number of vouchers of state tax dollars that parents can use to send their children to private and parochial schools.

Sep 20, 2019

Republicans paint Democrat Hoffman as state’s political fiend

The 2018 election gave Arizona Democrats their biggest wins in a decade, with three statewide victories and narrower margins in the state House.

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Aug 9, 2019

Mesa homeschooled students given ESA vouchers by mistake

An error by Mesa Public Schools could lead to 27 homeschooled students losing access to the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program they were mistakenly granted.

Jul 29, 2019

The Breakdown: Between the lines

One Democratic lawmaker wants to spend 2020 tackling a unique form of gerrymandering, and argues that inmates in Arizona prisoners shouldn’t count towards the population of the legislative district that the prison is drawn in.

Jul 26, 2019

Hoffman, school choice group clash over voucher program

A school choice organization fired its third broadside in as many months against the Arizona Department of Education, accusing the Democratic administration of playing fast and loose with state laws to stifle the voucher program.