Tempe and Beyond: What’s Happening In Politics?
Provided by Dorn Policy Group, Inc.
National/State/Local: Week of April 7, 2019
Tempe and Beyond: What’s Happening in Politics?
The federal government is getting ready to ask some personal questions for the 2020 census. By next April 1, the Census Bureau plans to send a letter or a door knocker to every U.S. household. It’s part of a once-a-decade tradition of counting every person living in the U.S.
Kirstjen Nielsen will leave her post as secretary of Homeland Security, highlighting the administration’s inner turmoil over rising levels of illegal immigration just days after the president backed off a threat to close the U.S.-Mexico border. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become the acting DHS secretary.
President Donald Trump has been pushing to reinstate broader family separation policies and sought to close the US-Mexico border at El Paso, TX, as his conflict with Homeland Security has come to a head. Ultimately, the president decided to keep the border open and instead focus on the ‘over capacity’ of migrants seeking asylum.
Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally teamed up Tuesday to oppose the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CBP) decision to remove officers from Arizona’s ports of entry. The CBP’s decision to transfer the personnel out of Arizona ports came after the agency saw its highest total number of daily apprehensions and encounters in over a decade twice in one week.
Officials say Arizona’s economy would take a hit if President Trump follows through on his threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border, especially in the areas of agriculture and tourism. Facing a surge of Central American migrants trying to enter the U.S., Trump last week threatened to seal the border if Mexico did not immediately halt all illegal immigration into the U.S.
A new Arizona state law should end early-voting ballot signature problems, one of the issues that has plagued recent elections. Gov. Ducey signed SB1054 into legislation last week. County recorders will also be able to start counting main-in ballots two weeks before Election Day. In the past, they had to wait until the week before voting day.
The Tempe City Council has agreed to hold a formal vote at an April 12 Special Council Meeting to consider removing Councilmember Kolby Granville from office. Six Councilmembers indicated at last week’s Work Study Session that they would like to vote on the matter. Attorney Sarah L. Barnes, who was hired by the city to investigate a possible Code of Conduct violation, reported that Granville violated the City Council’s Code of Conduct relating to incidents of alleged sexual impropriety and providing alcohol to underage women.
When thinking of essential firefighting tools, an iPad may not be top of mind. Now, first responders are using those devices to collect data and information in real time during an emergency. This use of technology comes from a shifted focus of the department towards opioid-prevention education and the recent rise in scooter injuries. Several other Valley departments, including Mesa, Chandler, and Scottsdale, use similar methods to track trends.
Some lawmakers in the AZ Legislature have moved to ban cities and towns from enacting any new regulations and restrictions on landlords. Some cities, like Tempe, have crafted more specific laws, like having hot water that’s at least 110 degrees or an eye viewer or window near the front door. The statewide code is not as specific. The AZ Multi-Housing Association is behind the effort to keep city councils and county supervisors from enacting mandates that are not required by state law.