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Ed Pastor

Pastor’s quiet leadership style crossed party lines and cultural barriers

BY: - November 29, 2018

They are flying flags at half-mast in Arizona again for a felled political icon. Unlike the late Sen. John McCain, this long-time public servant was not known for a maverick pugnaciousness but for a low-key and almost old-fashioned behind-the-scenes style of leadership. Former Congressman Ed Pastor died Tuesday. He was 75. The first Mexican-American elected […]

Social media responds to the death of former Congressman Ed Pastor

BY: - November 28, 2018

Ed Pastor, Arizona’s first Latino congressman, died of a heart attack last night at the age of 75. Pastor, a Democrat who represented central Phoenix and the southwest Valley for 23 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, was known for working diligently behind the scenes to secure funding for Arizona projects, oftentimes at the […]

Conservative economist urges Arizona to pass on windfall from tax conformity

BY: - November 28, 2018

An economist from a conservative policy organization that produces model legislation for states is urging Arizona to pass the savings from last year’s federal tax cut legislation on to taxpayers, echoing calls from some Republican state lawmakers who want a lame-duck special session next month.

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.