Thursday, May 5, 2022

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2022 at 8:48 AM

click to enlarge Will they be gathering signatures next? - BIGSTOCK
BigStock
Will they be gathering signatures next?

Don't wait on the Democrats to win the statehouse ... These people love sending each other letters ... And a mascot after our own hearts.

Editor's note: The Arizona Agenda is a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics run by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson. You can find their archives and subscribe at arizonaagenda.com.

Arizona advocacy groups that want to protect access to abortions have one clear option: a citizen initiative.

It’s too late to put one on the 2022 ballot. And the bar is high for signatures, especially on a constitutional amendment, which would be the likely method for a measure protecting abortion rights. Plus, the U.S. Supreme Court still hasn’t actually released a formal opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Mississippi abortion case that could overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade precedent. At this point, abortion is still legal.

Abortion rights activists are eyeing 2024, a presidential election year, to bring something to the ballot.

“I’ve been on three calls since Monday where folks are actively talking about what that would look like for 2024,” progressive lobbyist Marilyn Rodriguez told us.

The last time Arizonans were asked about abortion on their ballots was 1992, when an initiative sought to ban abortion entirely, with limited exceptions. It failed spectacularly: More than 68% of voters voted against it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2022 at 3:42 PM

click to enlarge You think anyone really wants to know how this election stuff works? - MARICOPA COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT
Maricopa County Elections Department
You think anyone really wants to know how this election stuff works?


It's Politico v. Wade ... Legislative Ethics Committee is an oxymoron ... And be nice to everyone, just in case.


Editor's note: The Arizona Agenda is a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics run by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson. You can find their archives and subscribe at arizonaagenda.com.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and county election officials tried to get ahead of the next election conspiracies yesterday with a two-hour meeting to explain their elections procedures to anyone willing to listen. 

But in the county that captured the nation’s attention as the epicenter of claims of a stolen presidential election, few tuned in to the board’s attempt to explain how elections work and combat disinformation.


Monday, May 2, 2022

Posted By on Mon, May 2, 2022 at 10:42 AM

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 9:04 AM

click to enlarge It's the end of the world as we know it... - COURTESY BURRO FIRE INFO FACEBOOK PAGE
Courtesy Burro FIre Info Facebook Page
It's the end of the world as we know it...


Quitting is an art ... Really? That guy? ... And all we are is dust in the wind, dude.


Editor's note: The Arizona Agenda is a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics run by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson. You can find their archives and subscribe at arizonaagenda.com.

We’ll hit 100 degrees here in the Phoenix area any day now, though Tucson already beat us to it.

And as we get a bit grouchy about the rising temperatures (while simultaneously happy about less traffic and fewer tourists clogging our favorite spots), our state enters its climate calamity season.

Wildfire season started early and could be worse than normal. As of Wednesday, three active wildfires are burning throughout the state, the Republic’s map of the disasters shows. Even if we get much-needed rain — unlike 2020 — it’s not all good news: Rain can lead to devastating floods and mudslides in areas burned by fire.

Our decades-long drought and overallocation of water from the Colorado River system is also quickly moving to the foreground for farmers who can’t grow what they’ve been growing for decades. The best the West can do at this point is stave off the inevitable

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2022 at 3:44 PM

click to enlarge Will we have enough paper for everyone to get a sticker? - JEROD MACDONALD-EVOY, ARIZONA MIRROR
Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, Arizona Mirror
Will we have enough paper for everyone to get a sticker?


Fines are fine ... Debates are debatable ... And COVID-19 is pleased to meet you.


Editor's note: The Arizona Agenda is a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics run by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson. You can find their archives and subscribe at arizonaagenda.com.

The world is facing a global paper shortage right now – and it’s about to become a political problem.

Major printing operations are turning down jobs because they can’t get supply (1). Projects that would have taken days to print are taking months. Prices are climbing quickly. The shortage is affecting nearly every sector of business, and it got worse with COVID-19 supply chain issues. 

And you know what requires a lot of paper? An election

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 12:53 PM


click to enlarge Katie Hobbs changes her mind on Title 42 - JEREMY DUDA, ARIZONA MIRROR
Jeremy Duda, Arizona Mirror
Katie Hobbs changes her mind on Title 42

You can change your mind, that's just the way it goes ... Save the Bill & Ted Circle K ... And this newsletter is NOT dedicated to all of our haters.


Editor's note: The Arizona Agenda is a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics run by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson. You can find their archives and subscribe at arizonaagenda.com.

After Attorney General Mark Brnovich and other Republican attorneys general filed suit, a federal district judge yesterday blocked the Biden Administration’s plan to halt a public health and immigration policy first imposed under President Donald Trump

You’re going to be hearing a lot about “Title 42” in the coming months as the election heats up, so let’s get up to speed now so you don’t have to change your opinion about it and suffer a flip-flop like Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Katie Hobbs.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 3:08 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY OF BIGSTOCK
Courtesy of BigStock

These lawsuits all start to sound the same ... Some of you have too much

money to throw around ... And there's plenty of hypocrisy to go around, too.


Editor's note: The Arizona Agenda is a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics run by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson. You can find their archives and subscribe at arizonaagenda.com.

It was a busy Friday for the courts,
as the Arizona Supreme Court knocked down the referendum against Gov. Doug Ducey’s historic income tax cuts, the federal courts received another anti-voting lawsuit and Attorney General Mark Brnovich again sued Secretary of State Katie Hobbs

And if all this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because we are, in fact, living in a time loop.

Let’s start with the tax cut referendum, brought to you by many of the same folks who donned red shirts to march on the Capitol four years ago. This is the third time the Arizona Supreme Court (complete with five Ducey appointees out of seven justices) has shot down a #RedforEd measure, having killed #InvestInEd versions 1.0 and 2.0.¹

The referendum was a #Don’tDisinvestFromEd campaign, sprouted as a backlash to the backlash to Prop 208. After voters approved Prop 208, lawmakers attempted to minimize the impact on the rich with tax breaks to high-earners. The referendum would have forced that policy to a vote of the people.


Friday, April 15, 2022

Posted By on Fri, Apr 15, 2022 at 8:01 AM

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM

We promise that's the only egg pun ... Diane Douglas makes her triumphant return ... And the Carl Hayden statue is probably gone forever.

Editor's note: The Arizona Agenda is a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics run by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson. You can find their archives and subscribe at arizonaagenda.com.

The timing of this was not intentional, but ahead of Easter Weekend, we’re going long on egg content today. There’s some big news in the Arizona egg world, facilitated by a wonky process that takes some words to explain, and a lot of people were involved. We’ve said it all along: the weirder a story, the more we’re interested. So today’s top story is longer than usual, and the rest of our daily rundown is shorter to compensate. You won’t see our morning emails in your inboxes on Monday because we’re taking Easter Sunday off, but we have a big story for you tomorrow.

At the behest of a politically connected egg farm, an obscure but powerful Arizona government agency last week neutered a ballot measure designed to protect animals by adopting a new but legally questionable regulation. 

By 2025, all eggs produced and sold in Arizona must be cage-free.

The Governor’s Regulatory Review Council decides what state agency and board rules and regulations go into practice. (As the name suggests, all members are appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey.) GRRC basically installs the guts of government. If the Legislature passes laws, agencies, using GRRC, then figure out how to implement them. 

The regulation, which egg farmers and the Humane Society of the United States hailed as a grand compromise, was strange for a number of reasons, chief among them: It’s not clear GRRC has the authority to pass such a rule.

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2022 at 10:25 AM

click to enlarge Arizona Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Brnovich delivered a low-energy response to claims of election fraud. Sad! - GAGE SKIDMORE/FLICKR
Gage Skidmore/Flickr
Arizona Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Brnovich delivered a low-energy response to claims of election fraud. Sad!


Brnovich is in his flop era … Everyone wants to win Arizona … And little bit of prosciutto.


Editor's note: The Arizona Agenda is a Substack newsletter about Arizona government and politics run by Rachel Leingang and Hank Stephenson. You can find their archives and subscribe at arizonaagenda.com.

Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Brnovich tweeted out a 12-page “interim report” on his investigation into the Cyber Ninjas’ claims yesterday that went hard at the top, saying he has “uncovered instances of election fraud” and discovered “serious vulnerabilities” in our elections system that “raise questions about the 2020 election in Arizona.”

But the 11 remaining pages quickly fizzle into what liberals and MAGAs both mocked as a press release seeking to bolster his slipping position in the U.S. Senate GOP primary.

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