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Unwilling to wait for a 2016 vote, advocates for same-sex marriage asked a federal judge Thursday to rule the state's ban is illegal.
Unable to kill outright the Common Core program they fear, state senators now are moving to let schools opt out of the national education standards.
Saying Arizonans have “God-given rights to defend themselves,” the state House voted Wednesday to let anyone with a permit to carry a concealed weapon bring it into many public buildings.
Gov. Jan Brewer, who developed an international reputation for her vociferous attacks on illegal immigration, is ending her career as an elected politician at the end of the year.
Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to veto SB 1062 was the right decision for Arizona and helps mitigate some of the public backlash that occurred in the wake of the bill’s passage. The negative attention this bill brought to the state threatened Arizona’s economic recovery as well as put into jeopardy events such as the Super Bowl and the possibility of Arizona becoming a Pro Bowl location.
The state’s education system and the controversial SB 1062 dominated the discussion Friday at the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce public policy meeting.
Senate Bill 1062 could have stimulated an interesting debate on the bounds of religious freedom. But it never happened. The white-hot outrage of the tolerance police wouldn’t allow it.
Attorneys for immigrant rights groups asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday to rebuff a last-ditch attempt by the state to start prosecuting people for harboring and transporting those not in the country legally.
Top aides to Gov. Jan Brewer sought and got proponents of a “religious liberty” bill to make changes to SB 1062 more than a month before she vetoed the measure.
Manufacturers and smelters would no longer have to pay state sales taxes on electricity they buy under the terms of legislation approved Thursday by the Senate.
Arizona made national news again, but it was not necessarily in a good way. My sister back in Indiana called me last week. She was watching the news and wanted to know what on Earth was happening in Arizona. When SB 1062 passed both chambers of the legislature, a friend from high school who connects with me via Facebook wrote, “Chalk up another one for religion.”
Rep. Ted Vogt, left, R-Tucson, and Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, talks during the debate on the SB1201 Firearms Omnibus bill in the House chamber at the Arizona Capitol Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Phoenix. The Arizona House has approved a gun-rights bill that would generally let people take guns into government buildings without armed guards and metal detectors. The Senate previously approved a version of the bill, but the House's 38-20 vote Wednesday sends it back to that chamber to consider changes made by the House. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona's education standards are safe, at least for now.
Calling them a federal “dictate,” Sen. Al Melvin convinced Republican colleagues in the Senate to vote Tuesday to scrap the Common Core education standards the state and schools adopted just four years earlier.
Three out of four Arizonans support the right of gays to at least form civil unions, if not to wed outright.
You would think that a former state senator would understand that you have to cobble together a majority if you want to change things. Tom Patterson (Feb. 25 guest commentary, “GOP ineptitude is exhausting its base”) apparently didn’t get the memo.
SB 1062 has again pushed Arizona into a bad light of radical politics. Has the true majority of Arizona had enough of these radical legislators? Are Arizona voters tired of radical legislators pushing their own political agendas down our throats with no regard to needs of the people or economic ramifications? Radical politics from any party does not belong in our state. All of these radical elected officials need to be voted out.
Phoenix • Arizona Republican Party officials say vetoed state legislation that would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gays for religious reasons shouldn’t impact Phoenix’s chances of hosting the 2016 national convention.
As the veto of SB 1062 proved, not everything that the Center for Arizona policy wants gets enacted. But the organization also has sometimes – though not often – found itself railing unsuccessfully against legislative support for changes in law.
For years Cathi Herrod and her Center for Arizona Policy have flexed their political muscles and pushed through legislation that represented what she calls “fundamental principles,” often those espoused in the Bible.
I “was” a die-hard Republican, now I’m pondering what type of party would best represent my views. I’m also agnostic. I will never be a Democrat, nor a religious Bible thumper. But what I witnessed this week just blew my mind. What is with these people that we elect to represent us? They represent themselves as being common and ordinary citizens when running for office, but once in office it all falls apart. SB 1062! Why, oh why, couldn’t our elected representatives see the problems with this bill? I’m now convinced that we have idiots on both sides of the aisle representing mainstream America.
To our Governor, State Senate and House, Senators McCain and Flake and the citizens of Arizona.
I consider the Ahwatukee and Chandler areas that make up District 18 to be very fiscally conservative and not so much socially conservative, yet our legislators continually vote with what their money handlers from the Center for Arizona Policy and ALEC push their way.
Rejecting last minute pleas from supporters, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed late Wednesday controversial legislation billed as protecting religious freedom.