Law & Government

All Indian Rodeo

Why don’t Indigenous people have any role in hosting the State Fair’s annual All Indian Rodeo?

BY: - November 3, 2022

Mariah Clark has been involved in rodeo for much of her life. A member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, she has held rodeo queen titles and done barrel racing.  That deep involvement made her join the Arizona Native American Rodeo (AZNAR) Committee so she can advocate for more Indigenous people to be involved in […]

Pinal County rejected a push for an expanded hand-count of 2022 ballots

BY: - November 2, 2022

Pinal County won’t follow in the footsteps of Cochise County to expand a standard post-election hand-count audit of ballots this month.  The Pinal County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted down a proposal to expand the post-election audit after lengthy, and at times contentious, public comments — the majority of which were against an expanded […]

COMMENTARY

Silencing the majority: Citizen initiatives are under attack in Arizona

BY: and - November 2, 2022

Arizonans are already going to the polls to vote on a series of pressing issues confronting the state. But as is the case in many places, partisan conflict is center stage. Media outlets everywhere are handicapping the chances of Republicans and Democrats controlling this or that lever of power. And while the heat around this […]

Facing an affordable housing crisis, Flagstaff hopes voters green-light $20 million in new bonds

BY: - October 28, 2022

Faced with rising housing costs and shrinking supply, Flagstaff officials are hoping voters will do something no other city in Arizona has done: use its bonding authority to increase the supply of affordable housing.  The ballot measure, Proposition 442, asks Flagstaff voters to approve the sale of $20 million in general obligation bonds, backed by […]

Arizona marijuana sales approaching $1 billion in 2022

BY: - October 27, 2022

Arizona’s cannabis marketplace suffered a loss of nearly $7 million in August, as both medical marijuana and adult-use recreational sales dropped about $3.5 million each from the previous month, according to the most recent report from the Arizona Department of Revenue. The losses were offset, though, as ADOR revised July’s totals upward by almost $7 […]

Ducey sues feds over shipping containers, invokes ‘invasion’ theory

BY: - October 22, 2022

On Friday, Gov. Doug Ducey fired back at federal agencies demanding the removal of his shipping containers from the Arizona-Mexico border, filing a lawsuit that says land at the border shouldn’t be under federal jurisdiction and the state has a constitutional right to take action.  The strip of land on the border, which has been […]

Threats to democracy are the ‘most comprehensive’ in Arizona

BY: - October 21, 2022

Election denial. Ballot initiatives that would make voting more difficult. Extremist groups watching ballot drop boxes. Efforts to derail election certification processes. These are some of the most worrying threats to democracy in Arizona listed in a new report by the Defend Democracy Project.  Among the seven states the project profiled, Arizona was at the […]

Up to 1,000 Arizona voters were mistakenly sent ballots with only federal races. Here’s why and what’s next.

BY: - October 20, 2022

Arizona election officials are reviewing the records of 1,000 voters who may have been mistakenly sent a ballot containing only federal races. They plan to let affected voters know they received the wrong ballot and a full ballot is on the way, with state and local races included. The secretary of state’s office announced the […]

Evictions increase in Phoenix, advocates push Legislature for solutions

BY: - October 18, 2022

Dominique Medina began worrying about the untenable housing situation in Phoenix around a year ago when his sister was evicted. Then, amid skyrocketing inflation and rent increases across Phoenix, in August he was given a 30-day notice to vacate the place he’d called home for five years.  “There’s this attitude that people who end up […]

Ducey’s migrant bus policy divides immigrant aid organizations

BY: - October 17, 2022

It’s 95 degrees in Somerton, a small town less than twenty minutes from the Arizona-Mexico border. On the town’s outskirts, migrants seeking asylum wait underneath a white tent to board a bus headed to Washington D.C. Yuriko Raez wipes a hand over her face quickly while she digs through a backpack for a t-shirt to […]

Trump to be subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel as the ‘central cause’ of Capitol insurrection

BY: - October 13, 2022

The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol voted unanimously Thursday to subpoena Donald Trump, saying the former president must be held accountable as the “central cause” of a violent attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election. The panel’s seven Democrats and two Republicans voted  to authorize a subpoena […]

Phoenix votes to de-prioritize enforcement of abortion laws

BY: - October 12, 2022

The Phoenix City Council voted 6-2 late Tuesday afternoon to direct  its police department to make state abortion laws its lowest priority for enforcement.  Voting in favor of the resolution were Mayor Kate Gallego and Vice Mayor Laura Pastor, along with council members Yassamin Ansari, Carlos Garcia, Betty Guardado and Debra Stark. Voting against were […]