COVID-19 in Arizona

Schools cleared to open, along with summer camps and kids’ sports

Things won’t be quite like they were before the COVID-19 outbreak forced them to close their doors in March, but Arizona’s K-12 schools will once again be open to students when the upcoming school year begins in late July.

The interview with the president that I could only ever imagine

It’s the sort of interview I could only ever imagine.  I imagine I would have to put on a suit, which I hardly wear anymore. And I imagine I’d arrive at the White House gates donning an N95 mask emblazoned with the words, “Si se puede.” 

More than 740,000 jobless claims filed in Arizona since March

Some 87,000 new unemployment claims were filed in the week ending May 23, bringing the total number of jobless claims since the COVID-19 pandemic started to nearly 1.2 million.

Ducey allocates $441M in federal COVID-19 aid to local governments

Arizona’s smaller cities and counties will receive $441 million of the state’s share of funding from a federal coronavirus relief package.

Arizona deserves better than McSally’s pandemic performance

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally serves in an Arizona Senate seat that is hallowed ground, a seat made iconic by two giants of the Senate – Barry Goldwater and John McCain – in the course of 60-plus years of service. 

Unemployed parents see no refunds as child support overcharges continue

Every month Raymond Kingman has to pay $250 in child support, but the Arizona Department of Economic Security has been taking $275 a week in child support deductions from his unemployment pay.

Banner Health, Dignity Health have received $288M in pandemic aid

Arizona companies have received roughly $755 million from the CARES Act, a $2 trillion COVID-19 aid package approved by Congress last month, with nearly two in every five dollars going to two of the state’s largest hospital and health care providers.

Senate ends annual legislative session without taking up bills

For the second time this month, the Senate has adjourned the 2020 legislative session. This time, it may stick.

The COVID-19 pandemic response is a covert war against black people

We are living in a time of war in our approach to fighting COVID-19 and the coronavirus that causes it. President Donald Trump refers...

House ends session, but fate of business lawsuit protections uncertain

The Arizona House of Representatives voted to adjourn sine die Thursday and end its legislative session after voting on several pieces of legislation, including a bill that would give coronavirus liability protections to businesses and neuter provisions in Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order. 
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