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Attorney General Mark Brnovich is quietly dropping the defamation lawsuit he filed last fall against backers of the Proposition 127 campaign and the California billionaire who financed it.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 4, 2019
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Gov. Doug Ducey signed a drought contingency plan Thursday afternoon, just six hours ahead of the deadline set by a key federal official for the state to act or face having their Colorado River water supply determined by her.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 1, 2019
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Picking a fight with Gov. Doug Ducey, Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate voted Thursday to conform Arizona’s allowable income tax deductions to federal law and offsetting that with a drop in tax rates.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 31, 2019
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David Stringer’s legal problems multiplied Wednesday as the State Bar of Arizona launched an investigation to determine if he lied on his application to practice law here.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 31, 2019
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Facing a Thursday deadline, state lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday evening to approving the details of a drought contingency plan to deal with the fact Arizona will lose some of the water it now gets from the Colorado River.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 30, 2019
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Arizona motorists who purchase just the bare minimum liability insurance could now be forced to spend more – if Gov. Doug Ducey goes along.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 30, 2019
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Saying Arizona roads are crumbling due to neglect, a Prescott lawmaker is pushing a plan to eventually more than double the state's 18-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 30, 2019
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House Republicans sidelined a bid Monday to oust Rep. David Stringer, preferring instead to give the Prescott Republican a chance to explain his 1980s arrest and comments about race and immigration to the House Ethics Committee.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 29, 2019
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Defying both Democrats and their own Republican governor, GOP lawmakers voted Monday to cut income tax rates across the board to prevent what they believe would be a “windfall" to the state on the backs of Arizona residents.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 28, 2019
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A Lake Havasu Republican lawmaker wants to reduce the financial burden on medical marijuana patients.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 27, 2019
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Would you agree to immunize your child if you knew the vaccine had aluminum phosphate, bovine serum or formaldehyde?

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 26, 2019
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Rep. Stringer apologizes months after racial comments
Read what he said to House members

A Prescott Republican lawmaker whose comments about race and immigration caused a stir last year publicly apologized Thursday on the House floor.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 25, 2019
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Defying their own governor, three Republican lawmakers want to alter tax law to ensure that Arizonans don’t end up paying more state income taxes because of changes in federal law.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 24, 2019
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After fighting the issue in court for years, Gov. Doug Ducey has finally agreed to issue driver’s licenses to all deferred action recipients.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 24, 2019
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Hoping to curb teen use, state lawmakers are moving to put new restrictions on where and how vaping devices can be sold.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 23, 2019
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Gov. Doug Ducey wants the state to start picking up some of the costs of providing health care for more than 32,000 children of the working poor.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 22, 2019
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House Speaker Rusty Bowers is proposing changes to state laws in a way he said will protect the rights of farmers in the Safford Valley, who have been “scratching it out,” to water from the Gila River.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 21, 2019
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About 126,000 Arizonans who get free health care will soon be required to work if they can.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 21, 2019
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Flush with cash, Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing an $11.4 billion spending plan for the coming year.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 19, 2019
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House Democrats are balking at ratifying a proposed drought contingency plan over what they see as a key missing element.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 18, 2019
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An organization that represents major Arizona cities is effectively warning Pinal County farmers not to demand more in the proposed drought contingency plan.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 17, 2019
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The state's jobless rate ticked up a tenth of a point in December as companies shed employees.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 17, 2019
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A proposal by Gov. Doug Ducey to abolish so-called legislative immunity is getting some negative reaction from some lawmakers who enjoy its protections – and would have to vote to put it on the ballot for voters to repeal.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 16, 2019
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The number of pounds of medical marijuana being purchased and consumed in Arizona is increasing twice as fast as the number of people legally entitled to use it.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 16, 2019
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Legislative Democrats trotted out their usual priorities Monday as the session convenes. But House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez of Yuma said what’s going to be different this year comes down to numbers.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 14, 2019
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to reinstate a 2002 voter-approved amendment to the Arizona Constitution that denied bail to anyone accused of rape.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 14, 2019
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Undeterred by last year's defeat, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he will make another run at getting lawmakers to approve his school safety plan – including a controversial provision to allow judges to take weapons away from people considered dangerous.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 14, 2019
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Gov. Doug Ducey will use his fifth State of the State speech today to try to corral the votes to approve a drought contingency plan in the next 17 days or risk federal intervention.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 13, 2019
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Gov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers begin the new legislative session with a deadline to act – and soon – on two issues crucial to Arizona residents.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 12, 2019
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State revenue officials are preparing new tax forms with yet-to-be-approved changes in the law sought by Gov. Doug Ducey that will take an additional $180 million or more out of the pockets of Arizonans even though the Legislature has not given its approval.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 10, 2019
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A Tucson auto dealer gave more money than anyone else for some seats at Monday's inaugural. Records obtained Wednesday by Capitol Media Services show Jim Click at the top of the donor list at $25,000.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 10, 2019
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On the heels of legal victories against Volkswagen, the Attorney General’s Office is now charging Mercedes Benz and parent company Daimler AG with lying to Arizona consumers about its own clean-burning diesel engines.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 9, 2019
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The Arizona Supreme Court will decide whether the extracts of marijuana used to make edible products now sold to patients at state-licensed dispensaries are legal.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 9, 2019
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Calling the current law fatally flawed and ineffective, a veteran lawmaker wants the state to impose far more restrictions on access to vaping products by teens.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 8, 2019
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Attorney General Mark Brnovich used his inaugural speech Monday to point up a key disagreement he has with Gov. Doug Ducey.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 8, 2019
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Gov. Doug Ducey used his second inaugural speech Monday to exhort lawmakers and others with a claim to Colorado River water to approve a drought contingency plan before a solution is imposed by the Bureau of Reclamation.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 7, 2019
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Want to watch today’s inauguration of the state’s top officials in person but don’t want to be stuck in the cheap seats – or left standing? You can get an up-close view. But it’ll cost you.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 6, 2019
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A federal appeals court is going to give Democrats a new chance to argue that an Arizona law banning “ballot harvesting’’ is illegal.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 5, 2019
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The head of a major business organization is looking for legal ways to reduce the tuition paid by “dreamers” who live in Arizona to attend state universities and community colleges.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 3, 2019
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The way Lynne Weaver sees it, anyone who makes it to age 65 should not have to pay property taxes on their homes.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 2, 2019
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Women seeking to terminate a pregnancy are now going to be confronted by some new questions about their decision.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 2, 2019
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One thing is clear from the latest list of the most popular baby names in Arizona this year.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner December 30, 2018
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On Tuesday, a new state law takes effect designed to help people who think their hospital visit is covered but later find themselves facing a bill from some health care provider who says he or she doesn’t accept their insurance.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner December 29, 2018
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Arizona’s chief prosecutor is urging the state’s high court to block Phoenix from enforcing its anti-discrimination ordinance against two women who refuse to craft wedding materials for same-sex nuptials.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner December 27, 2018
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It’s beginning to look like Arizona’s going to have a bit more congressional clout after 2022.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner December 26, 2018
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State utility regulators have no legal right to investigate their colleagues to determine if they are biased, a judge has ruled.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner December 25, 2018
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Gov. Doug Ducey wants to boost the taxes paid by Arizonans by $180 million – or more – when they file their tax returns this spring.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner December 22, 2018
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A state lawmaker just elected to his second term was arrested on charges of extreme drunk driving after trying to escape it by identifying himself as a legislator.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner December 21, 2018
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Arizona added new residents in the past year at a faster pace than all but four other states.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner December 20, 2018

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