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Latino legislative districts begin to take shape as redistricting commissioners strike compromise

BY: - October 19, 2021

Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will consider incorporating a proposal from a Latino political group that would create eight predominantly Hispanic districts into its legislative map.  The Arizona Latino Coalition for Fair Redistricting submitted its proposed map to the commission before its meeting on Tuesday.  Republican Commissioner David Mehl said he wants the […]

Low-income voters cast nearly 44% of all Arizona votes in 2020, study finds

BY: - October 18, 2021

PHOENIX – Low-income voters accounted for 35% of the 168 million votes cast nationwide in the 2020 presidential election, and in Arizona that percentage was 44, according to a recent study by the Poor People’s Campaign. The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is a nonpartisan voter outreach drive. Its study, “Waking the Sleeping […]

Booster shot of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recommended by FDA panel

BY: - October 16, 2021

WASHINGTON — A federal vaccine advisory panel on Friday endorsed a second dose of Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine, meaning millions more Americans are expected to soon join the line for booster shots. Anyone who received a J&J shot at least two months ago will be eligible for an additional dose, under the committee’s […]

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Arizona a key state in $32 million investment to turn out young voters

BY: - October 15, 2021

Young voters in Arizona will be the target of a $32 million campaign seeking to mobilize those ages 18 to 35 in eight states ahead of the 2022 election cycle as part of a program funded by NextGen America, a left-leaning advocacy group founded by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer.  This week the group […]

Early ballot envelopes look a little different for current AZ elections

BY: - October 15, 2021

When voters receive mailed ballots for people who don’t live at their address, they can now check a box on the envelope to inform election officials.  The current bond and override elections in school districts across the state are the first in which counties are required to include the box on ballot envelopes. The legislature […]

FDA panel recommends booster shot of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - October 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans who received Moderna’s two-shot COVID-19 vaccine are expected to be eligible soon for booster shots, after a federal advisory panel on Thursday recommended a third dose for older and higher-risk adults as well as certain workers. The unanimous recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration vaccine panel came a few […]

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Bennett headlining “audit” town halls with group that organized “Justice for J6” rallies

BY: - October 13, 2021

A group that has organized rallies across the country to support “political prisoners” of the January 6 insurrection will be holding a series of town halls across Arizona to discuss the so-called “audit” of the 2020 election, featuring former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, the state Senate’s liaison for its controversial review of the vote […]

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Arizona has permitted all-mail elections for 30 years

BY: - October 12, 2021

The all-mail elections underway across Arizona for school district bond and override issues, which raised concerns among several Republican political figures this week, have been permitted by state law for 30 years.  State law permits special districts to conduct mail-only elections with the permission of their county board of supervisors. The law applies to school […]

Lawmakers question Ducey’s lack of Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation

BY: - October 11, 2021

When Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai reflects on the meaning and importance of Indigenous Peoples Day, she thinks of a question her nephew Gavin posed to her about six years ago.  Peshlakai and her family had gathered in Cameron, the hometown of the Democratic legislator on the Navajo Nation. Gavin, who lived in Mesa but grew up […]

Arizona Mirror wins 1st place awards for reporting on the ‘audit,’ QAnon

BY: - October 10, 2021

The Arizona Mirror took home 5 awards in the Arizona Newspaper Association’s annual journalism contest, including top honors for news and investigative reporting. The Mirror was the first media outlet to report on the troubling background of the man hired to lead the Arizona Senate’s so-called “audit” of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. The […]

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Cyber Ninjas CEO refuses to testify at congressional hearing on Arizona ‘audit’

BY: - October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON — When the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee holds a hearing Thursday to probe the so-called election “audit” in Arizona, the CEO of the company hired to conduct that controversial review will be absent. Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas, was asked to testify but told committee officials ahead of the hearing that he […]

Arizona opens new ‘Cyber Command Center’

BY: - October 4, 2021

Arizona on Monday opened a new “Cyber Command Center” aimed at coordinating efforts between state, local and federal agencies to detect and respond to cyber threats.  The program, which was previously called the Arizona Cyber Information Program, is now being renamed to the Arizona Information Sharing and Analysis Center or AZ-ISAC for short. It will […]