On Tuesday, barely 72 hours since the Phoenix City Council implemented a mandatory mask-wearing order, President Donald Trump is scheduled to address an estimated 3,000 people at a “Students for Trump” campaign rally at the Dream City Church in north Phoenix.
I know Dreamers. I count many of them as friends. I’ve worked with them. I’ve marched with them. I’ve celebrated their triumphs and shared in their heartaches.
Cities and counties across Arizona are moving quickly to act on their newfound powers after Gov. Doug Ducey announced he would allow local governments to mandate that people wear face masks in public to combat the spread of COVID-19.
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the terrifying realization of what the last few weeks mean for Arizonans, Gov. Doug Ducey continues to do what has become a hallmark of his time in office: lead from behind.
After weeks of rising COVID-19 case numbers, increased hospitalizations, intense scrutiny and national media coverage of the growing outbreak in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey struck a new tone, allowing local governments to impose mask mandates and vowing to enforce social distancing guidelines against recalcitrant businesses.
Based on current trends, researchers at Arizona State University expect Arizona’s total number of COVID-19 cases to double by mid-July, if not sooner.
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said she’s “not satisfied” with Gov. Doug Ducey’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, and suggested that the governor and the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services have refused to speak with her about the situation.
The Phoenix Police Department said “confusion on the paperwork process” led to felony charges for four Arizona residents after they were arrested following a May 30 protest denouncing the death of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement.
On June 11, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported 22 positive cases of COVID-19 at the Eloy Detention Center in Pinal County. Four days later, that number jumped 460% to 123 confirmed cases, ICE reported Monday.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office dismissed a complaint alleging that Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes illegally spent taxpayer dollars on early ballots that he wasn’t allowed to mail to voters for the presidential preference election and that he should repay the cost out of his own pocket.