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PHOENIX -- It looks like Bruce Babbitt is going to remain the last Arizona governor to have a veto overridden, at least for the time being. 

By Howard Fischer 
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PHOENIX -- Arizona schools would be required to teach that any claim that the state of Israel has no right to exist is anti-Semitic, according to legislation approved Tuesday by the state Senate. 

 

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PHOENIX -- Saying it might lead to more -- and better -- candidates, state lawmakers voted Wednesday to more than triple their own cost-of-living allowance, at least for those who live outside Maricopa County. 

 

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PHOENIX -- Arizona is going to get to keep its laws against "ballot harvesting'' and saying that only votes cast within the proper precinct get counted. 

 

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed legislation putting in place an immediate $1.3 billion tax cut, set to rise to $1.9 billion, that is designed largely to benefit the most wealthy. 

 

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PHOENIX -- The race for governor continues to get more crowded. 

On Tuesday, Democratic Rep. Aaron Lieberman of Paradise Valley added his name to the list of contenders to fill the office once incumbent Doug Ducey has to leave at the end of 2022 due to term limits. 

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PHOENIX -- State lawmakers have absolute immunity from being sued by those who are the targets of legislative investigative reports, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
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PHOENIX -- It's not just the future of whether Arizona gets to keep its ban on "ballot harvesting'' that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide this week. 

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PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers voted Friday to require that students be exposed to the stories of people who have fled communism as part of a curriculum to prepare them to be "civically responsible and knowledgeable adults.'' 

 

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PHOENIX -- State senators did something Thursday they haven't done in four decades: voted to override a gubernatorial veto and set the stage for the House to do the same. 

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PHOENIX -- House Republicans pushed through the plan to sharply cut taxes on the rich Thursday and a $12.8 billion spending plan -- but only after changing the rules to limit debate and objections by Democrats. 

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PHOENIX -- State senators voted Wednesday to spend $500,000 to investigate the practices of social media platforms and search engines to see if they are violating campaign finance laws. 
And that could lead to legal problems for them. 

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By Howard Fischer 
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PHOENIX -- Efforts to enact a new $12.8 billion budget and tax cuts sputtered Tuesday as House Democrats refused to come to the floor, leaving the Republican-controlled chamber short of a quorum. 

By Howard Fischer
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PHOENIX -- Senate President Karen Fann is taking the position that Arizona courts cannot force her or any other member of the Arizona Legislature to comply with the state's Public Records Act.

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PHOENIX -- State lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a $100 million fire fighting and relief plan, but not before refusing a Democratic bid to add another $5 million specifically earmarked for small business.

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By Howard Fischer
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PHOENIX -- Unable to advance his proposed $1.9 billion permanent tax cut at the Capitol, Gov. Doug Ducey is now going public -- or at least to business interests -- in a bid to build public pressure.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey doesn't plan to block state universities from requiring students to be vaccinated against at least some diseases despite a move this week to do just that over COVID-19.

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PHOENIX -- Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged in May at 6.7% as overall employment increased by just 900 jobs from April.

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PHOENIX -- Legislative panels gave initial approval Wednesday to a $100 million plan for fighting fires and their effects, but not before the discussion strayed into the question of climate change and whether humans are responsible for the heat and drought conditions that result in huge blazes. 

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey has forbade public universities and community colleges from requiring that students and staff wear masks and get tested regularly for COVID-19. 

 

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PHOENIX -- A trial judge has tossed out most of the remaining claims of foes seeking to void the voter-approved income tax surcharge to fund public education. 

 

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PHOENIX -- The president of the state Senate is firing a warning salvo at House Republicans who would kill the first increase in unemployment benefits in 17 years: It's not a good move for your political future.

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GLOBE -- Saying the current fires are just the beginning of problems, Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday called for a special legislative session to begin this coming week. 

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PRESCOTT -- With Republicans at a stalemate, Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday he's willing to work with Democrats to cobble together the votes for a new state budget and tax cut.

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PHOENIX -- A lone Republican lawmaker united with House Democrats Monday to quash at least part of a proposal for sharp cuts in taxes for the most wealthy.

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