Thomas Basile

Aug 25, 2022

Arizona Supreme Court allows ballot measures to stand

Arizonans will be able to vote in November on two controversial ballot measures even though petition circulators did not comply with the law, the state Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday.

Nov 1, 2021

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments on mask mandate ban

State lawmakers are not conceding they acted illegally in the way they approved a ban on mask mandates at schools earlier this year as part of the budget. 

Oct 20, 2021

Senate lawyer wants 720 documents withheld

The attorney for the Senate is asking a judge to delay any move to force lawmakers to immediately surrender some audit documents. 

Oct 15, 2021

Attorneys argue over tax cuts in court

A group opposed to the tax cuts approved by the legislature that largely benefit the wealthy wants a judge to reject legal efforts to keep voters from having the last word.

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Jul 25, 2021

Group seeks court order to end referendum campaign

An organization that pushes for lower taxes and less government regulation is trying to deny Arizonans the option to decide whether they want to approve or veto the $1.9 billion in tax cuts enacted last month by the Republican-controlled legislature.

Mar 6, 2020

Chaos predicted for 3 proposals that weaken voters’ power

Three legislative proposals that are each designed to independently scale back the lawmaking powers of voters could, in tandem, upend Arizona’s ballot initiative and referral system.

May 1, 2019

Easter offends the overly-sensitive, but not the Constitution

Reasonable people can of course differ on whether or in what manner our officials should acknowledge religious holidays and traditions in their public comments. But not every political dispute is a constitutional question, and such disagreements are best addressed through the democratic means of discussion and debate – not unilaterally settled by unelected judges.