Biden condemns racist theory of white supremacy in visit to Buffalo after mass shooting

BY: - May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden on Tuesday commemorated the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, and condemned the ideology that drove the killer to “carry out a murderous, racist rampage” at a grocery store in a predominantly Black neighborhood. In a visit to the Upstate New York city, Biden and other New York […]

Arizona would likely see recounts after every election under popular bill

BY: - May 17, 2022

Update May 17, 3 p.m.: The Arizona House voted 50-1-9 this afternoon to pass the bill. It now awaits Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature before becoming law. Arizona’s largest county, Maricopa, would likely be required to recount all ballots cast in every election moving forward if a proposed change to state law passes. The bill, awaiting a […]

Gila River Indian Community awarded a $4.4 million dollar grant to expand broadband

BY: - May 17, 2022

The Gila River Indian Community received a $4.4 million dollar grant to help improve access to and use of broadband internet service among tribal citizens. The network expansion will assist in telehealth, distance learning, affordable internet service, economic growth and digital inclusion efforts, according to the grant application.  “This $4.4 million in funding is vital […]

Wendy Rogers censure

Wendy Rogers will face an investigation after claiming the Buffalo mass shooting was done by the ‘feds,’ not a heavily armed racist

BY: and - May 16, 2022

The Arizona Senate is launching an ethics investigation into Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers for her comments on social media blaming the mass shooting in Buffalo on Saturday on federal law enforcement instead of the white supremacist accused of carrying out the attack.  While the Senate moved to investigate Rogers, a Flagstaff Republican who has a […]

Light Up Navajo III

Light Up Navajo initiative helps Navajo with ‘life-changing’ access to the electrical grid

BY: - May 16, 2022

Melisha Beyal grew up on the Navajo Nation and always wanted to put a home on her family’s homesite in Klagetoh. It’s where her family is from and where she grew up — but it’s also in an area that doesn’t have access to electricity or running water.  In fact, her mother moved away from […]

Arizona recreational cannabis sales hit record $72 million in March

BY: - May 16, 2022

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continued to slide in March, dropping for the fifth consecutive month as recreational adult-use cannabis sales soared to new heights.  The Arizona Department of Revenue also revised February sales upwards by several million dollars. In March, medical marijuana dipped to below $50 million for the first time since recreational sales […]

The most and least popular specialty license plates in Arizona in 2022

BY: - May 13, 2022

Valley residents spend an average of 62 hours a year staring at license plates while stuck in traffic. But specialty license plates are more than just decoration: They’re an active cash flow to nonprofit organizations that have raised over $8 million in the current fiscal year, which began in July 2021.  Currently, the Arizona Department […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger helped fund Maricopa County elections, to no GOP outrage

BY: - May 13, 2022

A new law barring elections officials from accepting private grants was fueled by conspiracy theories about money donated by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but no one in Arizona seemed to notice or care that movie star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also gave money to help Maricopa County conduct elections in 2020. The USC […]

Congress explores creation of truth commission for U.S. Indian Boarding Schools

BY: - May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Survivors of a U.S. policy that forced Indigenous children to attend boarding schools where they were abused, or went missing, detailed to members of a U.S. House Natural Resources panel during a Thursday hearing the need for Congress to establish a truth commission dedicated to unveiling the traumas Indigenous children experienced at the […]

U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas Andy Biggs, 4 other GOP members who declined to testify

BY: - May 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol subpoenaed Arizona GOP Rep. Andy Biggs and four other Republican House members Thursday who the panel believes have knowledge of the events leading up to the attack, including communication with then-President Donald Trump. The Select Committee to Investigate the January […]

Jovan Pulitzer’s fraud claims are ‘utter rubbish,’ fellow ‘audit’ researcher told the Arizona Senate

BY: and - May 12, 2022

A researcher the Arizona Senate hired to double-check an analysis of ballots by election conspiracy theorist Jovan Pulitzer said his claims that there were upwards of 12,000 counterfeit ballots were “utter rubbish.” A trove of newly released documents related to the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election shows that EchoMail CEO Shiva […]

Phoenix Union High School District announces support of trans students, denounces anti-trans legislation

BY: - May 11, 2022

Last week, Phoenix’s third-largest school district issued a statement in support of transgender youth across the state, denouncing recently passed legislation that targets trans student athletes.  The governing board of Phoenix Union High School District unanimously approved a resolution opposing Senate Bill 1165, which bars trans girls and women from joining the athletic teams of […]