ARIZONA 360

Minimum wage increase - Discussion - Most Arizonans earning minimum wage got a $.50 raise at the start of 2018. Under the voter-approved Prop 206, Arizona's minimum wage will gradually go up to $12 by 2020.

States rethink sexual misconduct policies after complaints

Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, left, R-Scottsdale, listens to Rep. Don Shooter, right, R-Yuma, as he reads a statement regarding sexual harassment and other misconduct complaints made against him by Ugenti-Rita and others, as h... . Rebekah Browder, chief counsel for the Arizona Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Attorney General's Office, stands at a podium as she gives a presentation as Arizona House members receive mandatory sexual harassment and ... .

Sexual misconduct policies face updates in state capitols

Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, left, R-Scottsdale, listens to Rep. Don Shooter, right, R-Yuma, as he reads a statement regarding sexual harassment and other misconduct complaints made against him by Ugenti-Rita and others, as h... . Rebekah Browder, chief counsel for the Arizona Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Attorney General's Office, stands at a podium as she gives a presentation as Arizona House members receive mandatory sexual harassment and ... .

Appeal denied for death row inmate convicted of killing wife

A federal appeals court has denied an Arizona death row inmate's appeal convicted of killing his wife, overturning a lower court's ruling that the man received ineffective assistance of counsel. A ruling Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Michael Apelt's defense was deficient but that Arizona courts' findings that the deficiency didn't harm Apelt's defense weren't unreasonable.

Sheriff Tony Estrada, another kind of Arizona lawman

Born in Nogales, Mexico, Marco Antonio Estrada was raised just north of the U.S. border, giving him a unique perspective on issues related to it and strong opinions about treatment of immigrants. Pointedly, the white-haired, 74-year-old Spanish-speaker has said he's "not a fan" of President Donald Trump, his proposed border wall or his hardline immigration policies.

Arizona GOP lawmaker resigns over surrogacy allegation

Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona said Thursday he is resigning next month after revealing that he discussed surrogacy with two female staffers. The eight-term lawmaker, a staunch conservative and fierce opponent of abortion, said in a statement that he never physically intimidated, coerced or attempted to have any sexual contact with any member of his congressional staff.

Democratic cloakroom in Washington named after Gabby Giffords, Leo Ryan

Democratic lawmakers who want to chat off the House floor will soon do so in a room named for two former members of Congress who were targeted by violence. The "Gabrielle Giffords-Leo J. Ryan Cloakroom" is named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, and former Rep. Leo J. Ryan, who was killed in 1978 during the Jonestown massacre.

McCain and Flake, unleashed Arizona ‘mavericks,’ don’t …

Arizona's Republican U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain are in a unique position to stand up to President Donald Trump. McCain and Flake, unleashed Arizona 'mavericks,' don't have to pull punches against Trump Arizona's Republican U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain are in a unique position to stand up to President Donald Trump.

Upstart Republican now in headlights of Arizona Senate race

In a Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 photo, former Republican Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward smiles as she is greeted by supporters at a campaign fundraiser, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ward was expected to run against Republican U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake in the Arizona 2018 primary, but Flake has bowed out of a re-election, announcing his retirement on Tuesday.

Nine months in, Rep. Martha McSally is Arizona’s most reliable vote for Trump agenda

The state's GOP members voted less reliably with the Trump administration between July and September than during the first six months of the year. Nine months in, Rep. Martha McSally is Arizona's most reliable vote for Trump agenda The state's GOP members voted less reliably with the Trump administration between July and September than during the first six months of the year.

Trump makes a mess for Arizona GOP with Arpaio pardon

In just nine days, President Donald Trump might have badly hobbled Arizona Republicans headed into a competitive Senate race and hurt his own re-election prospects in the state. Trump's efforts to unseat Sen. Jeff Flake in the state's 2018 Republican primary have left Trump's allies confused and divided over which of several possible anti-Flake candidates should get their support.

Leaders in McCain’s home state frustrated by repeal failure

Sen. John McCain sent shockwaves through the Senate early Friday morning when he cast the deciding vote rejecting the GOP's heath care effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. While his dramatic thumbs-down rejection drew gasps and cheers in Washington, D.C., leaders in Arizona have responded with a mixture of disappointment and frustration - but little in the way of direct criticism in this Republican-heavy state.

Officials: Boy, 10, among youngest victims of opioid crisis

An extended family that lost nine people to a roaring flash flood in an Arizona canyon was a tight-knit group that gathered in big numbers for nearly every occasion. Federal records show former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility.

Trump recruiting challengers to GOP Sen. Jeff Flake

President Donald Trump and White House officials have had a series of conversations with prospective Republican candidates about challenging Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake in the 2018 primary. Kelli Ward, who has already launched her campaign, and Robert Graham, a former state GOP chair and Trump adviser who is considering it, both told CNN on Monday they have had multiple conversations with White House officials about opposing Flake in the Senate primary.

Senate health bill will ‘blow a hole’ in Arizona budget, business leaders say

Senate health bill will 'blow a hole' in Arizona budget, business leaders say Arizona hospitals and business leaders worry the Senate health bill could harm health providers, patients and Arizona's economy. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2thfXco The Congressional Budget Office estimates twenty-two million fewer people would be insured by 2026 under the GOP's proposed health care plan.

American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity Honors Local…

Arizona Diamondbacks and other outstanding advocates of Diversity in Higher Education and private industry are among the Award recipients at the Association's 43rd National Conference and Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, AZ June 8th We are pleased to recognize these distinguished individuals and organizations in Arizona for their contributions to the cause of access, equity and diversity, said Dr. Myron Anderson, AAAED president. The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity , an organization of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action professionals, announced the 2017 honorees of its annual awards program.

Are Arizona teachers getting a raise or a bonus?

The legislative budget proposal includes a 2 percent pay hike over the next two years for teachers, but it may not be permanent. Are Arizona teachers getting a raise or a bonus? The legislative budget proposal includes a 2 percent pay hike over the next two years for teachers, but it may not be permanent.

Arizona Gov. Ducey signs bill curtailing ADA shakedowns

"Arizona Governor Doug Ducey just signed into law an amendment to the Arizonans with Disabilities Act designed to make it more difficult to bring lawsuits against businesses based on claims that they are not accessible to individuals with disabilities. The amendment requires potential plaintiffs to give business owners notice of alleged access violations and allows businesses 30-90 days to correct the issues before a lawsuit can be filed.

Medical workers to Sen. McCain: Keep the ACA

About 150 people, many employed in the healthcare sector, gathered outside U.S. Senator John McCain's office to show their support for the Affordable Care Act and urge Arizona's senior congressman to resist attempts to dismantle the law signed by former President Barack Obama. "We feel the ACA is one of the most important pieces of healthcare legislation of all time," said Dr. Qunn Snyder, an emergency room physician."

Western States Remember Internment 75 Years on

States in the American West are marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that forced 120,000 Japanese immigrants and Japanese-Americans into internment camps. Adults, including the elderly, and children could only bring what they could carry and were transported by bus and train, often with blacked-out windows, They were sent, ostensibly to avoid sabotage and spying, to camps in California, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and other states as far away as Arkansas.

The Latest: Ducey delivers State of State speech


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Gov. Doug Ducey is outlining his vision for Arizona in his State of the Speech address whose theme focuses on creating "boundless" opportunities for residents. The Republican governor has said previously that he wants education spending to be a top priority in the 2017 Legislature, along with cutting people's income taxes.

Turkey labels: People often pay extra for nothing

Plenty of Arizonans concerned about animal welfare might be willing to spend a bit extra this Thanksgiving for turkeys raised in humane conditions, but they won't necessarily get what they pay for. Turkey labels: Consumers often pay extra for nothing Plenty of Arizonans concerned about animal welfare might be willing to spend a bit extra this Thanksgiving for turkeys raised in humane conditions, but they won't necessarily get what they pay for.

Democrats, Clinton counting on Latinos to win Arizona

Sara Morales became an American citizen in 2010 and has voted in every election since. This year, the Phoenix resident will be casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton, joining the tens of thousands of Latinos who Democrats hope will swing the traditionally conservative state in their direction.

Democrats, Clinton counting on Latinos to win Arizona

In this photo taken Oct. 18, 2016, workers with the Living United for Change in Arizona organization, known as LUCHA, spoke with a registered voter at a south Phoenix home advocating for the passage of Proposition 206, which would increase the state's minimum wage. The organization was part of a non-partisan voter registration drive this year in Latino neighborhoods that resulted in 150,000 new registered voters.

4 teen girls added in 2015 to Arizona’s list of missing children

They represent the most common victims of missing children cases across the nation - girls between the ages of 12 and 17, according to the Crimes Against Children Research Center. 4 teen girls added in 2015 to Arizona's list of missing children They represent the most common victims of missing children cases across the nation - girls between the ages of 12 and 17, according to the Crimes Against Children Research Center.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and

Poll: Clinton up 5 points over Trump in Arizona In new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll, the Democrat has 39%, while the Republican has 33.9%. Check out this story on ldnews.com: http://usat.ly/2erJgxo Hillary Clinton is hanging on to a small lead over Donald Trump in Arizona, according to a new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll released Wednesday.

Confident Clinton expanding her campaign into ‘red’ states


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Hillary Clinton is advancing into states the Democrats haven't won in decades, confidently expanding her offensive against Donald Trump and aiming to help her party win back control of Congress. There's a new $2 million push in Arizona, aides said Monday, including a campaign stop in Phoenix by first lady Michelle Obama, one of Clinton's most effective surrogates.

Most of Arizona’s congressional races are no contest

Arizona's congressional incumbents with large campaign war chests in districts that favor their party are all but guaranteed re-election. Most of Arizona's congressional races are no contest Arizona's congressional incumbents with large campaign war chests in districts that favor their party are all but guaranteed re-election.

Memorial set for Ariz’s first female governor

Friends and family of former Gov. Rose Mofford plan an Oct. 30 memorial and celebration of the life of Arizona's first female governor, who died Sept. 15 at age 94. Memorial and celebration of life scheduled for Rose Mofford PHOENIX - Friends and family of former Gov. Rose Mofford plan an Oct. 30 memorial and celebration of the life of Arizona's first female governor, who died Sept.

US Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona death sentence case

This undated booking photo provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows James McKinney. The Supreme Court won't hear Arizona's appeal of a lower court ruling that overturned McKinney's death sentence and opened the door for other death row inmates in the state to challenge their sentences.

Hillary Clinton Wins Presidential Endorsement From Arizona…

Paper's choice marks its first endorsement of a Democrat in a general election since it launched more than a century ago The Republic announced Tuesday that it had endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton - the first time the paper has endorsed a Democrat in a presidential election since it launched in 1890. "The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting."

Arizona’s First Woman Governor, Rose Mofford, Passes Away at 94

Rose Mofford, who stepped into office as Arizona's first woman governor in 1988, passed away this morning at the age of 94. Mofford was one of Arizona's best-liked former governors, owing both to her short time in office and her warm and open personality. Born and raised in the mining town of Globe, Mofford was the elected the first woman Secretary of State in 1988 when the State Legislature impeached ex-governor Evan Mecham, a Republican.

Arizona inspires broadcasters to target opioid addiction

National broadcasters, anti-drug advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers this week unveiled a campaign to target opioid addiction, an effort that was partly inspired by a 2015 documentary on heroin addiction in Arizona. Arizona inspires broadcasters to target opioid addiction WASHINGTON - National broadcasters, anti-drug advocates and a bipartisan group of lawmakers this week unveiled a campaign to target opioid addiction, an effort that was partly inspired by a 2015 documentary on heroin addiction in Arizona.

Why was Donald Trump bashing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Twitter?

As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign spends money on TV ads in red-state Arizona, Republican nominee Donald Trump on Sunday resumed his feud with one of Arizona's Republican senators. Why was Donald Trump bashing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake on Twitter? As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign spends money on TV ads in red-state Arizona, Republican nominee Donald Trump on Sunday resumed his feud with one of Arizona's Republican senators.

The Skinny

If you think it's hard to get away from politics now, just wait until the TV ads start running for all those midterm elections. To get you ready, here's a preseason primer on what's going on in some of the high-profile races the Weekly will be following this year.

News Guide: McCain, Arpaio draw interest in Arizona primary

" A challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain leads the lists of contests drawing attention in Tuesday's Arizona primary election. Here's a look at some of the races and issues: Sen. John McCain is seeking a sixth term, and his main challenger in the Republican primary is former state Sen. Kelli Ward.

News Guide: McCain, Arpaio draw attention in Arizona primary

A challenge to longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain leads the lists of contests drawing attention in Tuesday's Arizona primary election. Here's a look at some of the races and issues: Sen. John McCain is seeking a sixth term, and his main challenger in the Republican primary is former state Sen. Kelli Ward .

Early voting underway for Aug. 30 primary in Arizona

Early voting underway for Aug. 30 primary in Arizona Early voting is underway in the Aug. 30 primary, including congressional, legislative, county, local and school races. Check out this story on azcentral.com: http://azc.cc/2aZAPZb There will be 645 polling sites in Maricopa County serving 724 precincts, meaning some polling sites will serve more than one precinct.

McCain sticks by Trump despite myriad reasons not to

The Republican presidential nominee has attacked many issues dear to the Arizona senator, including the family of a fallen soldier, NATO and even McCain's own military service. Yet McCain, who faces a primary challenge and a strong Democratic opponent in the fall, has stuck by his support for Trump, at times seemingly through gritted teeth.

Womana s still in the (Democratic) party mood at 102

Geraldine “Jerry” Emmett is 102, legally blind and a lifelong, “good Democrat.” Every day, she drinks two beers - one at 10 a.m., the other at 4 p.m. Her favorite, she told the Arizona Republic, is Michelob Ultra Light. She lived through the civil rights movement, the women's liberation movement, the women's suffrage movement.

Supreme Court overturns Arizona man’s death sentence

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned an Arizona man's death sentence in a 2001 killing in which the victim was robbed and his throat slit. Supreme Court overturns Arizona man's death sentence The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned an Arizona man's death sentence in a 2001 killing in which the victim was robbed and his throat slit.