News Category: Government & Politics

Legislators propose giving more voters a voice in initiative process

A proposal by state Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, would give more voters a say in what propositions appear on statewide ballots.  The state Senate Government Committee on Wednesday passed SCR 1015, which would refer to voters the question of whether to require initiative proponents to obtain petition signatures from each legislative district in Arizona.  The …

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Arizona business community: Rent control would further deepen housing shortage

Determined not to exacerbate the state’s massive housing shortage, stakeholders from across the Arizona business community are speaking out against an onslaught of rent control proposals put forth recently by national and state-level Democrats.   The measures – which supporters claim would help make housing more affordable – actually would do the exact opposite, according to …

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Maricopa County Recorder floats potential election reforms

Following two hotly-contested election cycles embroiled in controversy, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer released a 28-page document containing 12 potential reforms that attempt to address issues within the elections system that he believes will leave as little room for objection as possible. One of the primary sources of election doubt over the past two elections …

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Freshman Arizona Rep. Juan Ciscomani assigned to powerful House committee

Juan Ciscomani, the freshly-minted Republican congressman from Arizona’s new 6th Congressional district, was appointed by House leadership to the powerful House Appropriations Committee. The only freshman member of the 118th Congress to serve on the committee, Ciscomani has the opportunity to shape the nation’s spending priorities for the next two years. The House Appropriations Committee …

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Gov. Hobbs emphasizes collaboration and prioritizes education in first State of the State address, business community finds some areas of agreement

In her first State of the State address as the 24th governor of Arizona, Katie Hobbs on Monday emphasized the importance of bipartisanship during the upcoming legislative session and unveiled her policy agenda aimed at tackling some of the state’s biggest issues, including funding the state’s public education system, addressing housing affordability, and securing Arizona’s …

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Hobbs delivers inaugural address

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs took the oath of office at a public ceremony at the state Capitol on Thursday, delivering an inaugural address before an audience of fellow elected officials and supporters. Hobbs officially became Arizona’s 24th governor on Monday when she was sworn in at a private ceremony at the Executive Tower. Her swearing-in …

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Arizona Commerce Authority prepares for second gubernatorial transition

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Arizona’s public-private partnership that seeks to attract business to the state and make starting a business here easier, is preparing to undergo its second gubernatorial transition. Founded by Gov. Jan Brewer, R, in 2010, the economic development agency boasts a public-private board of directors chaired by the incumbent governor. Gov. …

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New website charts accomplishments of Ducey’s time as governor

A new website launched earlier this month charts the many accomplishments of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s highly successful eight years in office.   Theduceyyears.com compiles highlights of the two-term governor’s tenure, dating back to his winning 2014 campaign for the office, where he won a tough, crowded primary, and a general election where he won with …

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