Briefs

When asylum-seekers are turned away at border, migrants are more vulnerable

BY: - November 27, 2018

A report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General in late September pointed to a likely unintended consequence of turning back asylum-seekers at ports of entry, which is happening now in Tijuana.

Understanding immigration terms

BY: - November 26, 2018

In this Arizona Mirror video, learn the differences and distinctions between terms like migrant, immigrant, asylum and refugee.

What is it like when the police use an LRAD ‘sound cannon’ to disperse a crowd?

BY: - November 26, 2018

Journalist Andrew Neef was there the first time a Long Range Acoustic Device, commonly referred to as an LRAD, was ever used on US soil. “It felt like my head was going to pop,” Neef recalled.

Arizona GOP chairman makes false allegations against Fontes

BY: - November 21, 2018

Arizona Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Lines falsely accused County Recorder Adrian Fontes of ignoring instructions from the Board of Supervisors to not open several emergency voting centers.

Arizona is not prepared for the next recession

BY: - November 19, 2018

Pew Charitable Trusts last week issued an analysis that ought to worry the incoming members of the 54th Legislature, which was elected earlier this month and will convene for the first time in January, about the fiscal health of Arizona.

It’s a straight line from the 2011 redistricting fight to Senator Sinema

BY: - November 19, 2018

The road that ended with Kyrsten Sinema winning a seat in the United States Senate began in 2011, as Democrats outmaneuvered Republicans in Arizona’s decennial redistricting process to create the congressional district that served as her stepping stone.

Ducey says tax conformity can wait, but doesn’t close door to special session

BY: - November 18, 2018

Gov. Doug Ducey wouldn’t close the door to a special session this year to conform Arizona’s income tax code the federal code, but said he believes the issue can wait until the legislative session begins in January.

Tempe, Phoenix police lack policies on deploying ‘sound cannons’

BY: - November 16, 2018

The Phoenix Police Department recently won city council approval to purchase a device critics call a “sound cannon,” making it the second Valley law enforcement agency, along with the Tempe Police Department, to own the equipment.

Inspections of HUD housing in Arizona on the decline

BY: - November 16, 2018

Of Arizona’s 235 private and public Housing and Urban Development housing projects, only 17 have had inspections this year, according to data published today by ProPublica.

Hobbs only loses if something statistically anomalous happens

BY: - November 15, 2018

The race is officially too close to call, and there are roughly 124,000 ballots left to count. But a little bit of math shows me that there is almost no chance for Katie Hobbs to lose her slim, but growing, lead over Steve Gaynor in the race to be secretary of state.

The ‘blue wave’ will make it harder for ballot measures to actually be on the ballot for the next 4 years

BY: - November 13, 2018

The surge in turnout carried Democrats to victory up and down the ballot in Arizona, but it will also have an effect on elections for the next four years: The estimated 2.4 million ballots cast will make it much more difficult for groups to place initiatives on the ballot or block laws passed by the Legislature by sending them to voters.

Did Phoenix Police just buy a sound cannon or a speaker?

BY: - November 12, 2018

The City of Phoenix recently decided to spend $95,000 on a new piece of gear for Phoenix Police, but what it is and what it does depends on who you ask.