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Kelly, Hobbs face different prospects in crucial Ariz. races

Oct. 04, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A year ago, Arizona’s Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs was all over cable news, building a national profile as a defender of democracy and raking in cash for her campaign for governor. Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, newly elected to finish the late John...

Arizona judge won’t suspend ruling that halted all abortions

Oct. 01, 2022 08:02 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona judge on Friday declined to put her order that allowed enforcement of a pre-statehood law making it a crime to provide an abortion on hold, saying abortion rights groups that asked her to block the order are not likely to prevail on appeal. The ruling from...

Huge Arizona school voucher plan in effect after foes fail

Sep. 30, 2022 14:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — All Arizona parents now can use state tax money to send their children to private or religious schools or pay homeschooling costs after an effort by public school advocates to block a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher law failed to collect enough signatures to...

Massive Arizona income tax cut going into full effect

Sep. 29, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A massive Arizona income tax cut that mainly benefits the wealthy championed by GOP Gov. Doug Ducey and enacted by Republicans who control the state Legislature in 2021 will go into full effect ahead of schedule next year, Ducey's office announced Thursday. The plan...

1/6 chairman: Ginni Thomas reiterates false election claims

Sep. 29, 2022 18:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, stood by the false claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent during an interview Thursday with the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection, the panel's chairman said. ...

High court says lone Arizona regulator can seek utility docs

Sep. 27, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona commission that regulates utilities cannot prevent a single member from issuing subpoenas to investigate companies that the panel oversees, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The former commissioner who filed the case, Bob Burns, said the ruling will...

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes' path: From Yale to jail

Sep. 26, 2022 21:11 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Long before he assembled one of the largest far-right anti-government militia groups in U.S. history, before his Oath Keepers stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Stewart Rhodes was a promising Yale Law School graduate. He secured a clerkship on the Arizona...

Arizona abortion clinics send women to other states

Sep. 26, 2022 21:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When an Arizona judge ruled last week that prosecutors can resume enforcing a near-total ban on abortion that dates to the Civil War, it fell to the staff at Camelback Family Planning to break the news to the women scheduled for appointments in the coming weeks. The...

GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

Sep. 24, 2022 19:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democrats vowed Saturday to fight for women's rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, looking to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections. ...

Arizona judge: State can enforce near-total abortion ban

Sep. 23, 2022 22:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona can enforce a near-total ban on abortions that has been blocked for nearly 50 years, a judge ruled Friday, meaning clinics statewide will have to stop providing the procedures to avoid the filing of criminal charges against doctors and other medical workers. ...