Phoenix, AZ – Governor Jan Brewer lashed out today at cities for suing to overturn a new law on illegal immigration.
The fight is over a lawsuit filed Monday by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns challenging some provisions in budget legislation approved earlier this year. One section spells out what documents people who want public services need to provide to prove they are in this country legally.
Phoenix, AZ – The budget special session this week was supposed to be a quick first step toward fixing the state's $2 billion deficit. But that didn't happen.
It takes 16 votes to get anything out of the Senate. None of the Democrats were voting for the plan to cut $300 million in education and welfare funds. And one of the 18 Republicans was on a previously planned cruise.
Flagstaff, AZ – For the first time in nearly a year, the Hopi Tribe will have a Chairman and Vice Chairman.
Leroy Shingoitewa was elected the new chairman of the Hopi tribe Wednesday. The 67 year old principal at Moencopi Day School near Tuba City received just over one thousand votes, nearly twice as many as runner up Clark Tenakhongva. Herman Honanie, current Director of Health Services for the Hopi Tribe, was elected vice chairman.
Flagstaff, AZ – Earth Notes: John Wetherill and Navajo National Monument
This year Navajo National Monument celebrates its one-hundredth birthday. The park, in northeast Arizona, is home to three outstanding ancestral Puebloan sites Keet Seel, Betatakin, and Inscription House.
Phoenix, AZ – State senators gave preliminary approval this afternoon to some sharp budget cuts. But the move came over some protests.
The biggest came from various groups whose programs depend on taxpayer funds, ranging from organizations that help the poor and disabled to a couple of state labor unions. Andrew Morrill, vice president of the Arizona Education Association, said the groups that object, are not in denial about the current $2 billion deficit.