Entries by Cameron Arcand

Arizona Business Community Weighs In On Likely Border Ballot Referral

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Some Arizona business groups have voiced views on the “Secure the Border Act” as Gov. Katie Hobbs and other Democrats have said it poses a risk to the state economy. House Concurrent Resolution 2060 is expected to make it onto the ballot after Republicans in the state House and Senate are planning to vote in […]

Arizona Voters Could Have Direct Say On Border Policies In November

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Arizona voters could play a critical role in deciding the state’s border policies in November. Senate Republicans said earlier this week in a news release that legislation to give local, county, state law enforcement power to arrest people crossing into the United States illegally could be on the ballot as a referral from the Republican […]

Arizona’s Housing Market Is In Rough Shape

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A new report is sounding the alarm on Arizona’s housing market. The report from the Common Sense Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank, says that Arizona is losing its competitiveness that it once had. In addition, the report says that there is a “housing deficit of over 129,000 units” and found that the cost of a home in the Phoenix metropolitan area has gone up by 60% since 2020. “Arizona’s housing market is standing on a cliff,” Glenn Farley, director of policy and research at the Common Sense Institute, said in a news release on the report. “Without acknowledging our supply issues and making needed policy changes, we risk worsening housing affordability and losing our competitive edge in attracting a skilled workforce.”

Pro-Palestine Protest Forms At ASU, Arrests Made

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A pro-Palestine protest led to arrests at the Tempe campus of Arizona State University on Friday. Protesters who set up an encampment were taken into custody by police. There were some pro-Israel counter-protesters as well. “Israel is a terrorist state,” protesters were shouting at one point, according to a video fromABC15. The outlet reported that […]

Arizona Congressmen Call On IRS To Not Tax State Rebate

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The chorus of voices in opposition to the Internal Revenue Service’s taxation of a state rebate many Arizona families received last year continues to grow. On Wednesday, U.S. Reps. David Schweikert, Greg Stanton and Juan Ciscomani asked the IRS to change course on taxing the “Arizona Families Tax Rebate.” Taxpayers in Arizona have already begun to […]

Arizona U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Will Not Seek Re-election

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Arizona Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema will not run for re-election. The senator has been seen as a bipartisan dealmaker in her time in the Senate, with most recently leading the charge on a border security bill that ended up getting shot down. “Because I choose civility, understanding, listening, working together to get stuff done, I […]

Bill Allowing Cheaper Blends Of Gasoline Passes Arizona Senate

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Editors Note: If you travel much by car, you likely have noticed that gasoline is often cheaper in rural communities, in New Mexico, and Colorado.  That is because “special blends” are required for urban areas in Arizona. This is strange because Denver is a large metropolitan area situated in a bowl surrounded by mountains, and […]

‘Arizona Border Invasion Act’ Passes State Senate, Hobbs Plans To Veto

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A bill targeting illegal immigration in Arizona has passed the Arizona State Senate along party lines. Republican Sen. Janae Shamp’s legislation dubbed the “Arizona Border Invasion Act” would criminalize crossing into Arizona under state law unless it is through a legal port of entry at the United States-Mexico border. In addition, Senate Bill 1231 would give […]

Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman Will Not Seek Re-election

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Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman will not be seeking re-election. In a statement, Hickman thanked his constituents in the West Valley. “My family has been gracious and unselfish in supporting me as I’ve campaigned, served, held town halls and breakfasts with constituents, been part of early morning and late-night meetings about county business, made decisions […]

Gina Swoboda Wins Arizona GOP Chair Election Following DeWit’s Exit

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The Arizona Republican Party has a new chairwoman following the resignation of Jeff DeWit. Gina Swoboda, former third vice chair of the party and Arizona Secretary of State’s office employee under Katie Hobbs and Michelle Reagan was elected by a wide margin during the state party’s annual meeting at Dream City Church in Phoenix on […]

Native American Nation Will Not Allow National Guard Troops Along Their Part Of Border

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Even though Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs ordered National Guard troops to the southern border on Friday, not everyone in the region is on board. The Tohono Oʼodham Nation, which is a Native American nation that touches parts of the southern border in the Tucson Sector, wrote in a letter that they do not want troops along […]

Arizona Chamber Writes Biden Admin Warning About EPA Proposal

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The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of the many organizations that signed a letter to the Biden administration asking them not to raise the standards for particulate matter. The letter includes signatures from leaders all over the country, including many manufacturing, mining, and oil and gas associations, asking them not to implement […]

Arizona GOP Lawmakers Hint At University Budget Cuts Over Free Speech Concerns

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Editors’ Note: Free speech certainly is a major concern. However, it goes much deeper than that. The Left has established an intellectual monopoly on our campuses that will allow no diversity of viewpoints. Search committees, faculty senates, and departments all work in tandem to deny Conservative scholars from being hired.  Those who do have positions […]

Former Rep. Trent Franks Shakes Up Congressional Race to Replace Debbie Lesko

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Former Congressman Trent Franks entered the race to fill outgoing Rep. Debbie Lesko’s seat in Congress on Wednesday. Franks, who resigned from the Congress in 2017, decided that he is going to vie for the position once again. His resignation in the 8th Congressional District led to Lesko’s tenure, and Franks had served in Congress […]

Lesko Won’t Run For Re-election, Opening Door For Competitive Republican Primary

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Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko announced Tuesday that she will not run for re-election in the state’s 8th Congressional District, which instantly open the door to a competitive primary election in 2024. In her statement, Lesko called Washington D.C. “broken” and thanked her supporters. “I want to spend more time with my husband, my 94-year-old mother, […]

University of Arizona and ASU Approach Israel And Palestine Protests Differently

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The Students for Justice in Palestine did not proceed with a rally they planned Thursday in Tucson, Arizona, after University of Arizona President Robert Robbins condemned the group. Robbins said that the national organization of the group is why he disagrees with the rally, but said that they still were allowed to hold the demonstration. […]

Hobbs Admin Suggests Yee Broke Law At State Board Of Investment Meeting

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The Hobbs administration suggests that Treasurer Kimberly Yee violated state law by refusing to recognize agency-based board members at a State Board of Investment meeting on Tuesday. Yee did not acknowledge the employees from two departments in response to Gov. Katie Hobbs’ decision to pull all of her agency director picks from Senate consideration in […]

Arizona State University Releases Report Over Conservative Event Backlash

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After Arizona State University released a report suggesting there was “no evidence” of a campaign to smear an event featuring conservative speakers, one Republican state senator is not satisfied with the outcome. The T.W. Lewis Center at the school hosted an event in February with conservative media personalities Dennis Prager and Charlie Kirk, as well […]

Scottsdale Officials Grilled Over Homeless-To-Hotel Program

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Emotions ran high at a community meeting in Scottsdale discussing the city’s placement of homeless people in local hotel rooms. Rep. Matt Gress, R-Phoenix, led a packed community hearing in Scottsdale on Wednesday to hear from experts and gather public comments in his capacity as chairman of the state House Appropriations Subcommittee on Budgetary Funding […]

Masters Considers Run For Sinema’s U.S. Senate Seat

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Arizona Republican Blake Masters is considering another bid for the United States Senate, which could pave the way for a competitive primary race. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Masters was considering a bid for the seat currently held by Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who left the Democratic Party last year. On the Democratic side, […]

Half Of All Fentanyl Seized In U.S. Is Caught In Arizona

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Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell warns about the importance of drug-related education of youth in her National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day statement Monday. Mitchell cited the 2022 Arizona Youth Survey, in which 47% of eighth graders said they do not know of the deadly drug, according to the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. “This is […]

Arizona GOP Leaders Threaten Lawsuit Over Proposed Elections Manual

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Senate President Warren Petersen is threatening legal action against Secretary of State Adrian Fontes over the current draft of the Arizona Elections Procedures Manual. Petersen and House Speaker Ben Toma wrote to Fontes on Monday, laying out multiple issues they have with the manual that is due to get its biennial update. The biggest issue […]

Report: Hobbs Requested Social Media Limits On Critical Posts As Secretary of State

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Editors’ Note:  If this story turns out to be substantially true, it demonstrates the shocking ease by which today’s Democrats feel so superior to their opposition that they are justified in regularly asking social media companies to trample the Constitutional rights of their political opposition. This is political corruption and Governor Hobbs is becoming defined […]

Biden Makes Grand Canyon National Monument, Ending Uranium Prospecting

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Editors’ Note: The concept used to be, “public lands”, where ranchers, lumbermen, miners, off-road enthusiasts, hunters, hikers, and mountain bikers, in other words, “the public” had use of the Federal lands. Now propelled by the environmental movement, increasingly these become “private lands” government-owned and approved for only progressive causes. It is even worse. As the […]

Hobbs Sets Off War Of Words Over Arizona ESA Program

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Editors’ Note:  It is one of the defining issues of our time: the limits to personal liberty, especially absent any broadly accepted moral code. It seems many are their own God, making up their own moral code or copying one from social media. Democrats, i.e., the Left, like to sell themselves as the party for […]

Judge Halts Arizona Transgender Sports Ban, Horne Promises Appeal

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A federal judge ruled against Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne in a lawsuit over banning transgender girls from participating on girls’ sports teams in schools. Arizona District Court Judge Jennifer Zipps, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama, ordered a preliminary injunction that will allow girls who identify as transgender to play for […]

Legislature Forms Committee Looking Into ASU Free Speech Concerns

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Following a free speech controversy at Arizona State University, the state Legislature is forming a new joint committee to examine “freedom of expression” in the state’s public universities. ASU shut down the T.W. Lewis Center for Personal Development after its main donor, Tom Lewis, pulled funding after a controversial event featuring conservative personalities Charlie Kirk […]

Arizona GOP Calls for More Aggressive Response to Border Crisis

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Arizona Republicans are asking for more aggressive action on the southern border at the state and federal level, as the end of Title 42 is raising more questions than answers. On the state level, a group of state House Republicans, Reps. Lupe Diaz, Michael Carbone, and Michele Pena, Gail Griffin, and Tim Dunn, urged Democrat […]

Arizona GOP Committee to Review Federal, State and Local COVID Response

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Arizona Republicans at the state and federal levels plan to reflect on the COVID-19 response at all levels of government with a new committee. On Friday, the Arizona State Senate announced the Novel Coronavirus Southwestern Intergovernmental Committee, which will start in mid-May with state Sen. Janae Shamp leading as chairman and Sen. T.J. Shope as […]

After Expulsion, the Process Begins to Replace Former Arizona GOP Lawmaker

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Following the expulsion of Republican Rep. Liz Harris from the state House, it’s now up to a mix of local and county officials to decide who will ultimately be her replacement. Republican precinct committeemen in Legislature District 13 will choose three names to give to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, who will have the […]

Business-Aligned Democratic Allies Prevail in Phoenix City Council Election

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Democrat Kevin Robinson will replace Republican Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio in District 6, and Democrat Kesha Hodge Washington is on track to unseat incumbent Councilman Carlos Garcia following a runoff election on Tuesday. Republican Sam Stone, who was up against former police officer Robinson, quickly conceded after seeing the results at his election night […]

Arizona Town Changes Climate Plan After Finding ‘Green New Deal’ Items Included

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An Arizona town is moving forward with an amended environmental plan its conservative officials originally said resembled California’s green initiatives. The Fountain Hills, Arizona, town council narrowly passed an altered version of its environmental plan after some conservative council members expressed concern that it echoed progressive climate goals. The plan passed in a 4-3 vote, […]

Hobbs Announces Political Warchest Aimed at Ousting GOP Legislators

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Gov. Katie Hobbs announced her operation with $500,000 to start in hopes of flipping the Arizona state House and Senate blue in 2024, as she’s currently facing challenges with Republican lawmakers. Republicans currently hold a narrow one-seat majority in both chambers, which has created a divided government after a tumultuous election year in 2022. As […]

Arizona to Reward School Districts Abandoning Social Emotional Learning

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is offering a grant to schools that take up an alternative to the controversial education practice known as social and emotional learning. Horne is asking schools to instead try a program called The Six Pillars of Character, which was developed by Drake University that emphasizes six traits that they […]

Hobbs Vetoes GOP-Sponsored Spending Package Mirroring Current Bipartisan Budget

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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a Republican-backed budget on Thursday afternoon. The budget was similar to the bipartisan budget signed by former Republican Gov. Doug Ducey last year. “Unfortunately, despite my call to take on these difficult choices and protect our state’s future, the budget approved by a slim, partisan majority in the Legislature takes […]

Arizona Lawmakers Closer to Banning Local Renters tax

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Legislation that would scrap the rent tax in municipalities has made its way out of the Arizona Senate. Senate Bill 1184, is sponsored by Sen. Steve Kaiser, R-Phoenix. He described it as a way to save taxpayers money on top of already increasing rent costs in the region. “When I think about my constituents waking […]

Arizona Border: Mayor Says Federal Border Wall Replacing Ducey’s Wall Still Not Built

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As the shipping containers serving as a makeshift wall in the Morelos Dam area of the Yuma sector of the border came down, the mayor of Yuma said that the federal government is off to a slow start replacing them. “There’s some areas that the containers went down and there’s no current plan by the […]

Arizona Lawmakers Propose Ban on Taxing Rent Payments

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The Arizona House Ways and Means Committee voted to move forward a bill that would scrap the rent tax at the city, town and county levels. If enacted, House Bill 2067 would not allow someone to face a tax if they’re leasing property for residential purposes, starting on Jan. 1, 2024. Rep. Neal Carter, R-San […]

Arizona Republicans Seek to Streamline Homebuilding Process to Quell Housing Shortage

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Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen introduced legislation to tackle the state’s affordable housing crisis. Senate Bill 1103 aims to speed up the process developers have to go through to build developments to keep up with the housing demand in the state. If passed into law, a city or town could have administrators review plans such […]

‘Ground Zero’ Arizona Republicans Sounding Alarm Over Fentanyl Flowing From Border

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Arizona Republican state legislators doubled down on their call to action on the border crisis, particularly on fentanyl, at a news conference on Thursday. The legislators said that the rise in fentanyl deaths in the state is deeply concerning and called for more resources to support law enforcement and greater education on prevention techniques like […]

Thirsty Arizona Could Soon Look to the Mexican Coast for Answers

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Arizona officials have taken some of the first steps to bring seawater from the Mexican coast to the faucets of Phoenix, even if lawmakers want a more deliberative process. Arizona’s Joint Legislative Water Committee held a public meeting on Tuesday to discuss the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority’s push to create a desalination plant amid the […]

Arizona Ballot Proposition Roundup

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The Arizona-based Common Sense Institute released its 2022 Initiative Results & Free Enterprise Analysis report on Thursday, which analyzed how the proposition that voters approved will impact the economy. Its report looked at four propositions, including Prop. 130, which has to do with property taxes, Prop. 132, which requires a 60% approval by voters for new taxes […]

Phoenix Area has Nation’s Highest Inflation

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The Phoenix metropolitan area has the highest annual inflation rate in the nation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November consumer price index data on Tuesday, showing the rest of the nation that didn’t receive data in the first batch of cities that included Phoenix. In November, BLS reported Phoenix had a 12.1% inflation […]

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