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AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, April 11, 2014
A look at the state and city budget; Sen. John McCain joins the fight to save A-10s; immigration activists want President Obama to stop deportations.
Brewer Signs $9.2B Budget for Coming Year
Plan includes $59 million more for new child safety agency, more educational funding; gov. line-item vetoes $4M.
AZ Week: District Charter Schools Struggle with Unstable Funds
Gov. Jan Brewer had asked for $33 million to fund public school district sponsored charter schools; state Legislature came up with about 75% of that.
UPDATE: Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics Gets Senate OK
Without debate the Arizona Senate approves abortion measure; being sent to Gov. Jan Brewer's desk.
US Sens Say Cutting A-10 is Violation of Law
National Defense Authorization Act passed last year, says the Air Force “may not retire, prepare to retire, or place in storage” any A-10s during calendar 2014.
Pima County Could Seek Mitigation for Pipeline Construction
Environmental Impact Statement for Kinder-Morgan's Sierrita Pipeline didn't find major negative impacts; County administrator says it could create second smuggling corridor.
Local Cyclists Want City to Increase Safety on Roads
Tucson could see separated bike lanes in near future thanks to $5.5M grant from state transit agency.
Horne Asks 9th Circuit to Remove Temp Block of Abortion Rules
New Arizona abortion medication regulations were scheduled to begin April 1; Planned Parenthood had asked for blockage, fed court granted last week.
Gun Control PACs Making Headway
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' advocate group sees big influx of money; Mark Kelly says due to strong effort, change in how people think of gun related issues.
AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, April 4, 2014
Winners, losers in this year's proposed city budget; how will latest court rulings on campaign finance affect Arizona political races?; Obamacare effects in congressional campaigns.
AZ Week: Public Caution Needed This Fire Season, Officials Say
Park and forest services launch campaign urging people to keep an eye out for what they do outdoors, participate in fire prevention efforts.
Navajo Nation Gets $1B for Uranium Mines Cleanup
Money part of a $5.15B settlement that the federal government reached with a petroleum company to blame with contaminated sites nationwide.
Board of Regents Approves UA Tuition Increase
Higher tuitions also OK'd for ASU, NAU, including 4-year stabilized rates for freshmen entering in the fall.
S. AZ Ports of Entry Getting 170 Additional CBP Officers
About a month ago, U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, seven of his bipartisan congressional delegation colleagues requested more agents to staff Arizona's ports along border with Mexico.
Catholic Leaders Celebrate Mass Along Border, Pray for Reform
Several hundred people attended ceremony Tues. and a few dozen people peered through the border fence from Mexico.
Climate Change Threatens AZ Water Supply, UN Report Says
“...changes are already occurring in the Southwest...with increased warming, these problems will only get worse," says UA professor, one of study's authors.
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