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Gila River Indian Community awarded a $4.4 million dollar grant to expand broadband

BY: - May 17, 2022

The Gila River Indian Community received a $4.4 million dollar grant to help improve access to and use of broadband internet service among tribal citizens. The network expansion will assist in telehealth, distance learning, affordable internet service, economic growth and digital inclusion efforts, according to the grant application.  “This $4.4 million in funding is vital […]

Arizona recreational cannabis sales hit record $72 million in March

BY: - May 16, 2022

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continued to slide in March, dropping for the fifth consecutive month as recreational adult-use cannabis sales soared to new heights.  The Arizona Department of Revenue also revised February sales upwards by several million dollars. In March, medical marijuana dipped to below $50 million for the first time since recreational sales […]

The most and least popular specialty license plates in Arizona in 2022

BY: - May 13, 2022

Valley residents spend an average of 62 hours a year staring at license plates while stuck in traffic. But specialty license plates are more than just decoration: They’re an active cash flow to nonprofit organizations that have raised over $8 million in the current fiscal year, which began in July 2021.  Currently, the Arizona Department […]

U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas Andy Biggs, 4 other GOP members who declined to testify

BY: - May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol subpoenaed Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs and four other Republican House members Thursday who the panel believes have knowledge of the events leading up to the attack, including communication with then-President Donald Trump. The Select Committee to Investigate the January […]

Phoenix Union High School District announces support of trans students, denounces anti-trans legislation

BY: - May 11, 2022

Last week, Phoenix’s third-largest school district issued a statement in support of transgender youth across the state, denouncing recently passed legislation that targets trans student athletes.  The governing board of Phoenix Union High School District unanimously approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1165, which bars trans girls and women from joining the athletic teams of […]

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‘Audit’ records show Cyber Ninjas went deep into debt, despite pro-Trump donations

BY: - May 11, 2022

Newly released documents by the watchdog group American Oversight show that the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County went over its proposed budget and spent more money than it had available to it.  More than a thousand pages of records that were in the possession of Cyber Ninjas, the […]

Arizona Supreme Court rejects ‘insurrectionist’ ballot challenge to Biggs, Gosar and Finchem

BY: - May 9, 2022

The Arizona Supreme Court flatly rejected an attempt to disqualify Republican Congressmen Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar and State Rep. Mark Finchem from the 2022 ballot for their alleged roles in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.  “The Candidates are not disqualified from appearing on the ballot for the 2022 primary election,” the court […]

McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters wants to allow states to ban contraception use

BY: - May 6, 2022

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturns women’s constitutional right to abortion this summer, one Arizona Republican candidate for U.S. Senate thinks judges should also take aim at the right to buy and use contraception. Blake Masters, a Tucson-based venture capitalist, boasts on his website that he will only vote to confirm federal judges “who understand […]

Paul Gosar spent nearly $8,000 of taxpayer money to attend events with far-right groups

BY: - May 5, 2022

Prescott Republican Congressman Paul Gosar spent more than $7,800 for travel, lodging and vehicle expenses while attending events with far-right groups and white nationalists, according to a review of the congressman’s finances by a nonpartisan watchdog group.  The Moonlight Foundation conducted a review of congressional travel that showed Gosar has spent more on travel than […]

GOP guv hopeful Karrin Taylor Robson: The 2020 election ‘wasn’t fair’ to Trump

BY: - May 5, 2022

Karrin Taylor Robson, a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, doesn’t think Joe Biden was fairly elected president in 2020.  It’s the most definitive statement she has made about the election during the course of her campaign, which launched nearly a year ago: “Joe Biden may be the president, but the election wasn’t fair.”  Robson’s statement […]

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The Arizona Senate has spent $500,000 on election ‘audit’ legal fees

BY: - May 5, 2022

The Arizona Senate has spent more than $500,000 in taxpayer money related to the partisan election review it conducted in 2021, including on legal battles over public records and access to the audit facility. Senate Republicans hired Phoenix-based law firm Statecraft to represent it on matters related to the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election […]