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Officials back bill to encourage renewable energy on public lands

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, is hopeful his bill on renewable energy on public lands - with more than 60 co-sponsors - will pass because it “transcends political divisions.” (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

State and federal officials praised a bipartisan bill Wednesday that would encourage renewable energy development on public lands by streamlining the permitting process and letting local governments share in revenues from the projects. The bill would “level the playing field” between renewable and fossil fuel projects on federal lands by creating a streamlined leasing process… Read More →

Arizona, New Mexico senators team up to prevent sale of tribal items

Arizona

Arizona and New Mexico lawmakers teamed up this week to sponsor a bipartisan bill that would prevent the auction of sacred tribal items. The Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony (STOP) Act of 2016, sponsored by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, would tighten penalties for people trying to export these items for sale online or in… Read More →

Trump, Flake spar during likely GOP nominee’s visit to Congress

Economic growth

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was on Capitol Hill to reach out to Republican lawmakers Thursday but ended up criticizing several instead, saving his sharpest comments for Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, according to published reports. Trump said he has not been hard so far on Flake, who has declined to endorse Trump’s candidacy, but… Read More →

The Trump wall, Brexit and Arizona trade relations: What Mexico’s top diplomat has to say

Brexit

Global competition, trade agreements and the budding economic relationship between Arizona and Mexico were on the agenda this week at the annual conference of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs, discussed how she feels about Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, the impact of a proposed wall along the Mexico border… Read More →

Ducey signs executive order revoking public funds for lobbyists

Ducey

Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order Wednesday that ends state contracts with professional lobbyists, ending a long-standing practice of state government entities spending public money on lobbying, according to the governor’s office. The executive order affects all government-funded contract lobbyists at all state agencies, boards and commissions. Ducey signed the order in an effort… Read More →

‘Right to try’ advocates rally for access to experimental treatments

Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Mesa, said his “right to try” bill, to give terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs, is partly in honor of Arizona state Rep. Laura Knaperek, who drove the cause in Arizona. (Photo by Sophia Kunthara/Cronkite News)

When Paul Rushin’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, she underwent 18 weeks of chemotherapy before being told she was cancer-free. But in 2015, the cancer was back and had spread to her left hip, inoperable and leaving the Anthem woman facing chemotherapy for the rest of her life. “Being on chemo for… Read More →

Flake: Building ‘fortress America’ won’t help economic growth

Economic growth

America cannot grow economically if it closes the borders to commerce and builds “fortress America,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said Wednesday at a conference on U.S.-Mexico trade. Flake, the keynote speaker at the Woodrow Wilson Center Mexico Institute’s “Building a Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border” conference, said the strong trade partnership between the U.S. and its southern… Read More →

Former Congressman John Shadegg joins Polsinelli

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Former U.S. Congressman John B. Shadegg joined Polsinelli’s Phoenix and Washington, D.C. offices, Tuesday, as shareholder. Shadegg brings extensive experience to Polsinelli’s national Public Policy Practice, including eight terms in Congress where he demonstrated leadership and a passion for health care and energy issues on behalf of the country and Arizonans specifically. “Polsinelli has an established and… Read More →

Ducey signs tax bill affecting business incentives

Ducey

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed into law legislation to improve one of Arizona’s main tax incentives administered by the Arizona Commerce Authority. House Bill 2666, sponsored by Representative Karen Fann, includes amendments and reorganizations that affect Arizona’s business incentives. Highlights of the bill include: Office of Economic Opportunity: Establishes the Governor’s Office of Economic… Read More →

Education leaders call Prop 123 first step, still not enough

PROP 123

Education advocates Monday applauded the approval of Proposition 123 but said Arizona education is still being shorted billions of dollars. Leaders for the Arizona PTA and the Arizona Education Association for teachers, said at a news conference at the Capitol that the measure to provide $3.5 billion over a decade is only a first step… Read More →

White House honors Arizona education professional

White House

On Wednesday, May 11th, the White House recognized Cynthia Tercero-Sandoval of Peoria, Ariz. as one of 12 education support professionals across the country as a “School Support White House Champion of Change.”  These individuals were selected by the White House for their leadership and tireless work to ensure that students in our nation’s schools receive… Read More →

Ducey signs bill protecting Airbnb, VRBO renters

VBRO

Short-term home online rental services such as Airbnb and VRBO have been restricted by some local governments in Arizona, and the state passed a law banning those restrictions. Thursday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law that stops local governments from turning property owners into outlaws simply because they allow paying guests to stay in their… Read More →

Supreme Court upholds redrawing of Arizona’s legislative districts

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the boundaries of Arizona’s legislative districts Wednesday, saying the commission that drew the districts had legitimate reasons for putting more voters in some districts than in others. A group of voters had argued that the districts drawn in 2012 by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission violated the “one-person, one-vote” principle… Read More →

Stanton wants new arena for Suns and Coyotes

VCU, Butler, UConn and Kentucky will play in Houston this weekend for the NCAA basketball Final Four. Winners continue to the National Championship game

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton announced plans to pursue a path to find a new home for the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and the Phoenix Coyotes while abstaining from raising taxes for a new sports arena at his State of the City address, Tuesday. The Suns ownership recently informed the Mayor that they will be searching… Read More →