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Stanton: Phoenix is writing greatest chapter in its history

Water conservation

Mayor Greg Stanton today said Phoenix is “writing the greatest chapter” in the city’s history through its pivot toward an innovation economy, turnaround on sustainability, improved trade relations with Mexico and transformative investments in transit. At his sixth State of the City address, Stanton reported that the city’s investment in a more innovative economy is… Read More →

Opponents file suit to block border wall on environmental grounds

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Tucson, and the Center for Biological Diversity challenged President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall on environmental grounds Wednesday, going to court to force the administration to follow environmental protection laws before starting construction. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Tucson charges that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs… Read More →

CBO: 24 million could lose insurance under Obamacare replacement

obamacare replacement

Arizona Democrats lambasted the GOP-proposed healthcare plan Monday after a Congressional Budget Office report said the plan would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over 10 years, while leaving as many as 24 million more Americans uninsured. “Congress should be focused on finding real solutions that protect access to coverage, not playing partisan politics… Read More →

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready

Arizona lawmakers

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Donald Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike. Despite the… Read More →

Arizona lawmaker wants to establish industrial hemp industry in state

industrial hemp industry

A Republican senator from Lake Havasu City sees economic opportunity in industrial hemp and wants to bring Arizona into the fold. Sen. Sonny Borrelli has sponsored a bill to establish the framework for an industrial hemp industry in Arizona. If passed, SB 1337 would legalize the cultivation, distribution and sale of industrial hemp. It would… Read More →

Arizona lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

Arizona lawmakers

President Donald Trump delivered an hourlong speech to Congress Tuesday that, while short on detail, was long on rhetoric that kept Republican lawmakers jumping to their feet and Democrats mostly sitting on their hands. The speech was Trump’s first to a joint session of Congress. He spent most of the first half highlighting the actions… Read More →

Phoenix sets ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goal

Air Quality

The Phoenix City Council this week unanimously approved an ambitious new goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent within its own operations by 2025. The City Council took action after hearing an update on the city’s progress towards its long term goal of becoming a carbon-neutral city.   “Phoenix has authored one of… Read More →

Gov. Doug Ducey hopes feds cede power to states

Ducey
by in AZ Business Magazine | Politics

Gov. Doug Ducey joined other Republican governors who told an appreciative crowd of conservatives Thursday that the Trump administration presents a chance for state and local officials to take the reins back from the federal government. Ducey joined Republican Govs. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, Sam Brownback of Kansas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin to tell… Read More →

Michele Reagan hopes other officials learn from her rough year

by in AZ Business Magazine | Politics

It was a rough year for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, who told a national group Friday that after learning the hard way how to deal with election issues, she hoped her experience would keep them from going through the same turmoil. Reagan was the featured speaker at a National Association of Secretaries of… Read More →

Tribes eye Trump to better economic conditions

Navajo Code Talkers

Peter MacDonald Sr. is a Navajo code talker, a lifelong Republican – and an unabashed supporter of President Donald Trump. “The Navajo tribe, like most Indian tribes, is very conservative,” said MacDonald, who was in Washington last week to march in Trump’s inaugural parade. He said Thursday that the Navajo philosophy, “to do things for… Read More →

AARP Arizona lays out legislative agenda for 2017

Key Elements to Retirement Planning

When state lawmakers convene January 9th for the 2017 legislative session, AARP Arizona will pursue an agenda that includes protecting retirement income, helping those needing long term care people stay in their homes , helping with out of pocket costs and easing stress for family caregivers and protecting seniors from financial exploitation. AARP’s non-partisan Arizona… Read More →

Can ex-foes Trump and McCain, Flake get along?

Trump
by in AZ Business Magazine | Politics

Of the 20 states with two Republican senators, only one state had both of those senators publicly declare they would not vote for their party’s presidential nominee this year – Arizona. But political experts said the state should not worry about retribution from President-elect Donald Trump for the well-publicized squabbling between him and Arizona Sens.… Read More →

NAWBO endorses Kirkpatrick, Sinema

Vote Signs

The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) has announced its endorsement of Ann Kirkpatrick in her bid for election as U.S. Senator from Arizona and  Kyrsten Sinema in her bid for re-election to Congress from Arizona’s 9th District. “The Phoenix Chapter of NAWBO is supporting these national endorsements,” said Phaedra Earhart, chapter president. NAWBO National screens candidates for endorsement solely on their history… Read More →

Arizona voters still split on Prop 205 to legalize marijuana

Arizona Medical Marijuana Program

About half of Arizona voters still support Proposition 205, the ballot measure to relax legal restrictions on recreational marijuana use, but the percentage of those opposed increased by two percentage points in recent weeks, according to the most recent Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. The poll of registered Arizona voters taken Oct. 10-15 showed the percentage… Read More →