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Will Biden and Trump face one another in presidential debates? There's no commitment yet

Feb. 12, 2024 00:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nikki Haley is challenging Donald Trump to debate. Trump is challenging Joe Biden to debate. And Biden is laughing Trump off, at least publicly. But there are real questions about whether any of them will confront each other on a stage this year. ...

Arizona governor signs bill giving counties more time to count votes amid concerns over recounts

Feb. 09, 2024 18:15 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed into law a proposal that will give election workers more time to tally votes after county officials complained that a 2022 change in law would make it difficult to complete counting votes in time if the results were close enough to trigger a...

Idaho ruling helps clear the way for a controversial University of Phoenix acquisition

Jan. 31, 2024 19:37 PM EST

The University of Idaho said Wednesday it would move forward with its planned affiliation with the for-profit University of Phoenix in a nearly $700 million deal after a judge dismissed the state attorney general's lawsuit alleging the deal was done in violation of an open meetings law. ...

The IRS is launching a direct file pilot program for the 2024 tax season — here is how it will work

Jan. 29, 2024 13:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As income tax filing season officially starts on Monday, a limited number of taxpayers in 12 states will soon be eligible to join an IRS pilot program that will allow them to calculate and submit their returns to the government directly without using commercial tax preparation...

Arizona GOP boss quits after leaked tape shows him floating a job for Kari Lake to skip Senate race

Jan. 24, 2024 18:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jeff DeWit resigned Wednesday after he could be heard in a leaked recording offering a job and asking U.S. Senate candidate Kari Lake to name a price that would keep her out of politics. DeWit's departure shakes up the Republican...

Arizona governor proposes overhauling school vouchers to address growing budget deficit

Jan. 12, 2024 20:23 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has proposed requiring students to attend public school for 100 days before becoming eligible for a voucher program in a move designed to rein in the skyrocketing costs and reduce the number of participants. The proposal is a key...

Arizona governor vows to rein in skyrocketing school voucher program, update groundwater laws

Jan. 08, 2024 19:49 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has vowed to bring accountability to a school voucher program that’s expected to top $900 million this year and update laws that allow for the nearly unfettered use of groundwater in rural areas of the drought-stricken state. The Democratic...

New Mexico attorney general says fake GOP electors can't be prosecuted, recommends changes

Jan. 05, 2024 20:09 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top prosecutor said Friday that the state’s five Republican electors cannot be prosecuted under the current law for filing election certificates that falsely declared Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 presidential race. However,...

Arizona lawmakers face big deficit due mostly to massive tax cut and school voucher expansion

Jan. 05, 2024 12:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs and the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature return to the state Capitol on Monday with a nearly $1 billion problem on their hands. Less than six months after they celebrated passing a bipartisan budget, lawmakers face a steep deficit...

American democracy has overcome big stress tests since the 2020 election. More challenges are ahead

Dec. 31, 2023 10:05 AM EST

Over the past three years, the world's oldest democracy has been tested in ways not seen in decades. A sitting president tried to overturn an election and his supporters stormed the Capitol to stop the winner from taking power. Supporters of that attack launched a campaign against...