Law & Government

marijuana

‘Social equity’ marijuana licenses were meant to right a wrong. Critics say they’ll just make cannabis giants even richer.

BY: - November 17, 2021

When Arizona voters approved recreational marijuana use in 2020, the new law included provisions that aimed to give the opportunity of a lifetime to people most harmed by the War on Drugs: a chance to win a coveted license to operate a dispensary. Now, the final licenses to sell marijuana in Arizona are set to […]

COMMENTARY
redistricting

Investments in people or tax cuts for the wealthy? That’s the real dividing line in Arizona politics

BY: - November 17, 2021

Donald Trump, cancel culture, fake news, critical race theory, border wall. Those are the soundbite issues Arizona Republicans are focused on for 2022 because they believe those are the issues that will motivate their base. Meanwhile, Democrats are focused on…well, I’m not so sure what they’re focused on. Unfortunately, the party has never been great […]

Indigenous traditional knowledge to be included in US efforts against climate change for first time

BY: - November 16, 2021

For the first time in history, a Presidential administration has committed to incorporating traditional Indigenous knowledge into the scientific, technical, social, and economic advancement of the United States. President Joe Biden pledged on Monday during the opening of the White House Tribal Nations Summit to be the first president to work with the tribes to […]

Patient deaths at Arizona State Hospital raise questions about staffing levels, lack of oversight

BY: - November 16, 2021

On the afternoon of Oct. 20, Philip Ronan, a patient at the Arizona State Hospital, left art class to use the bathroom—and never returned. He had a pair of scissors with him, which he’d been using to work on his stamp collection. A hospital staff member knocked on the door and asked if he was […]

‘We have a voice’: Biden administration hosts first Tribal Nations Summit since 2016

BY: - November 16, 2021

State, federal and tribal leaders came together during the White House Tribal Nations Summit on Monday to talk about commitments towards Indian Country and highlight the importance of the nation-to-nation relationship between tribal nations and the U.S. government. “The White House sits on the ancestral homelands of the Anacostan and the Piscataway people,” Secretary of […]

Katie Hobbs isn’t ‘fit to serve’ as governor after discriminatory firing, staffer says

BY: - November 15, 2021

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs isn’t taking responsibility for her role while she served as Senate Democratic leader in the firing of a policy adviser for what a jury deemed was retaliation for complaining about discriminatory pay, that staffer said. In U.S. District Court last week, a jury found that Talonya Adams was the victim […]

‘A matter of dignity’: Biden signs executive order to address violence against Indigenous people

BY: - November 15, 2021

President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Monday addressing violence against Indigenous communities. “These efforts are a matter of dignity,” Biden said during the opening ceremony for the White House Tribal Nations Summit. “That’s the foundation of our nation-to-nation partnership.” The executive order directs the departments of Justice, Interior, Homeland Security, and Health and […]

U.S. halts resettlement of new refugees, prioritizes release of Afghan evacuees

BY: - November 15, 2021

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months, according to the U.S. Department of State. The government  is prioritizing some […]

Group hopes to bring ranked choice voting to Arizona cities

BY: - November 12, 2021

Ranked choice voting may be coming to a city near you, and possibly the state as a whole not long after that. Voter Choice Arizona, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to bringing ranked choice voting to Arizona, is planning a campaign to put the system before voters next year. The campaign to add several cities […]

evictions

States, cities face deadline for proving how quickly they’ve helped renters in crisis

BY: - November 12, 2021

WASHINGTON — States, cities and counties that excelled at distributing emergency federal aid to renters struggling during the pandemic may soon be rewarded—with yet more cash. Their new funding would be drawn from sluggish states and localities that didn’t move as swiftly to help people facing eviction and homelessness, who were targeted for billions in assistance […]

Fired Senate Dem staffer awarded $2.75M for race, sex discrimination

BY: - November 11, 2021

A former Black Democratic state legislative staffer was awarded $2.75 million by a federal jury Wednesday, ruling unanimously that she was fired for complaining that she was paid less than her white and male colleagues in the Arizona Senate. The verdict was Talonya Adams’ second courtroom victory over the Senate regarding her discrimination claims. Adams […]

Fraudsters stole $4.4 billion from DES, and it could happen again

BY: - November 10, 2021

During the pandemic, fraudsters stole $4.4 billion in federal COVID CARES Act unemployment money from the Arizona Department of Economic Security, and experts say it is bound to happen again.  “This was a completely preventable issue and it was not hard to fix,” Haywood Talcove, CEO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Government Group, a public records […]