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Do new 2017 state laws hint at momentum for federal changes as well?

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On Saturday, when the clock struck midnight and 2016 officially ended, many Americans were eager to see the close of a year that brought about a great deal of change throughout the political and social landscape. But in many states, Jan. 1, 2017, meant even more change as new state laws voted in during 2016 finally kicked into action. A ... Read More »

Tucson wants to throw out suit over gun-destruction policy


Tucson wants the Arizona Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit that protests the city’s policy of destroying guns seized by police. The lawsuit by Attorney General Mark Brnovich threatens to pull shared revenue from the city unless Tucson stops destroying seized guns. The Arizona Daily Star reports the city suggests in a court filing that a new law that ... Read More »

Border cities worry that ending NAFTA would hurt economies


LAREDO, Texas — Donald Trump’s only visit to the U.S.-Mexico border while running for president was a stop in Laredo that lasted less than three hours. On some days, that’s not long enough for 18-wheelers hauling foreign-made dishwashers and car batteries to lurch through the gridlocked crossing. Trump’s campaign promise to tear apart the North American Free Trade Agreement helped ... Read More »

Mesa voters say no to sales tax increase


Tuesday’s decision by Mesa voters to not approve a sales tax to pay for new fire stations and more fire and police services and employees means city leaders will have to find creative ways to do those things. Interim Fire Chief Mary Cameli said she and the department’s employees “will always respect what the voters decide.” Department leaders now must ... Read More »

Joe Arpaio loses re-election bid in Arizona


WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Arizona sheriff who has spent more than 20 years touting himself as the toughest in America, partly because of his harsh stance against illegal immigration, has lost his re-election campaign. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, nationally known for operating a tent camp where he imprisons people he has identified as illegal immigrants, lost his bid for a seventh ... Read More »

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