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Schools chief rejects GOP request to defund school district for ‘1619 Project’ lessons

BY: - March 3, 2021

The Arizona Department of Education won’t act on a request from a Republican state lawmaker to take funding away from a Phoenix school district that serves low-income students because it adopted curriculum from “The 1619 Project,” which examines the legacy slavery in the U.S. 

COMMENTARY

GOP legislators should get out of the way of needed clean energy standards

BY: - March 2, 2021

The ongoing energy and human disaster following the recent historic freeze in Texas has created an immense nationwide awareness of the importance of safe and effective energy policies.  

Paul Gosar spoke to a white nationalist conference, and they chanted his name

BY: - March 1, 2021

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar surveyed the crowd as he settled in at the podium for the Feb. 26 headlining speech at the America First Political Action Conference, an event organized by a young white nationalist.

There is virtually ‘no way’ for Senate election audit to violate ballot secrecy

BY: - March 1, 2021

There’s little risk that the Arizona Senate’s audit of the 2020 general election in Maricopa County will compromise the secrecy of voters’ ballots, according to the county recorder’s office.

Judge sides with Senate, says Maricopa must turn over election materials for audit

BY: - February 26, 2021

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors must turn over ballots and tabulation machines to Senate Republican leaders so they can conduct an audit of the 2020 general election, a judge ruled.

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Consular ID measure headed to Ducey’s desk

BY: - February 25, 2021

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives approved on Wednesday a measure to end a 2011 law that prohibits state and local governments from recognizing consular identification cards.

House passes bill to require convictions before seizing assets

BY: - February 25, 2021

Property rights and criminal justice reform advocates are a step closer to achieving their elusive goal of requiring law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to get a conviction before permanently seizing property allegedly connected to a crime.

COMMENTARY

The pandemic has hurt Arizona’s families. Will Republicans finally make them a priority?

BY: - February 24, 2021

One would assume our legislators would be laser focused on pandemic-related issues. But sadly, they’re not. Instead, lawmakers seem intent on finding solutions to problems that do not exist.

Audits find no problems with Maricopa County election machines

BY: - February 23, 2021

Forensic audits that Maricopa County commissioned to investigate the ballot tabulation machines used in the 2020 elections came back with a clean bill of health, finding no evidence of hacking, malware, vote switching or internet connectivity.

COMMENTARY

I know firsthand the deadly effects of environmental racism

BY: - February 23, 2021

I charge the city of Phoenix with negligent homicide for willfully ignoring the impact of environmental racism on Black and Brown people and for perpetrating miscarriages in South Phoenix. 

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Finchem broke the law by not disclosing payment from Trump, complaint alleges

BY: - February 23, 2021

A liberal watchdog group is asking the Secretary of State to investigate whether Mark Finchem violated Arizona law by not disclosing a payment from Trump to help overturn Arizona’s election results. 

COMMENTARY

Three reforms to improve Arizona’s health are being ignored by the GOP majority

BY: - February 22, 2021

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona has suffered greatly, but the chance for vaccination gives us some hope. The sheer scale of the sickness – over 800,000 cases in our state, resulting in over 56,000 people hospitalized, and more than 15,000 dead – has revealed some shortcomings in our public health system, in and many cases it has made those shortcomings worse.