Federal grants for improving broadband in Indigenous communities now accepting applications

BY: - August 17, 2022

Tribal nations can now apply for the 2022 National Tribal Broadband Grant Program to help them develop or extend broadband services within their communities.  “Reliable, high-speed internet access in Tribal communities enables many opportunities for education, employment, entrepreneurship, and social connection,” Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Bryan Newland said in a press release. “These elements […]

After criticizing the ‘audit,’ Stephen Richer received death threats. A Missouri man is now facing federal charges.

BY: - August 17, 2022

A Missouri man was indicted Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice for threatening to kill Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer because he opposed the Arizona Senate’s partisan election review, leaving a voicemail on the Republican’s cell phone telling him that “other people from other states are watching your ass.” “So, I see you’re for […]

Public school advocates blocked a voucher expansion in 2018. Can they do it again?

BY: - August 17, 2022

It’s nearly 100 degrees outside, mosquitos are beginning to swarm and protesters are shouting nearby, but none of that seems to be dampening Raquel Mamani’s mood.  “I put this over it so it wouldn’t confuse people,” Mamani says, grinning ear to ear while holding up an old “No on 305” yard sign that had pieces […]

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

Medical marijuana sales crater as recreational cannabis sales stay sky high

BY: - August 16, 2022

Medical marijuana sales in Arizona continue to crater as recreational sales remain robust, according to tax and sales data compiled by the Arizona Department of Revenue. Sales of medical cannabis dipped to slightly less than $45 million in May, their lowest total since January 2021, when adults were first allowed to purchase marijuana for recreational […]

Arizona helicopter school will pay $7 million for defrauding a GI Bill program

BY: - August 16, 2022

TOPEKA, KAN. — Dodge City Community College in Kansas and a private Arizona helicopter flight training school agreed to pay $7.5 million to resolve allegations that enrollment reports were falsified for years to qualify the program for financial support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The post-9/11 GI Bill dedicated VA financial assistance to […]

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Abortions in Arizona: What the data says about who gets them, when, how and where

BY: - August 16, 2022

Arizona, like most other states, closely tracks abortions in a way that isn’t done for many other medical procedures and publishes annual reports that allow the state and public to see a variety of statistics about abortions. From those annual reports, we can see what abortion access in Arizona looks like: Who is getting the […]

NRSC scraps more than $2 million in ads backing Blake Masters

BY: - August 15, 2022

The National Republican Senatorial Committee last week canceled months of planned television ads in Arizona and is no longer on the airwaves backing Blake Masters’ campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly. Television stations in Phoenix have published updated advertisement reservation forms for the NRSC showing that the group, which exists solely to get […]

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Arizona’s disabled community faces unique challenges on their way to the ballot box

BY: - August 15, 2022

Stephen and Mary Beth Wagner have always found themselves moving to a new place just before an election, making it difficult for them to get registered in time to vote.  But that’s hardly the only barrier the couple have faced: They are both visually impaired, and navigating Arizona’s voter registration system online and getting to […]

Capitalizing on capital’s draw, street vendors peddle to protests, tours

BY: - August 15, 2022

WASHINGTON – Political rallies here almost always feature signs and speeches and chanting. There is often heated arguing between camps. Sometimes there’s singing, sometimes there’s praying. And in the heat of a Washington summer, there’s almost always the upbeat, repetitive chiming of an ice cream truck. Whether it’s someone selling icy bottles of water out […]

Arizona celebrated its first Navajo Code Talker Day on Sunday

BY: - August 14, 2022

Navajo Code Talker Thomas H. Begay stood at the podium dressed in his gold button-up shirt adorned with his service medals and a custom bolo tie made out of his congressional silver medal that is surrounded by turquoise. He wore his red U.S. Marine Corps hat that has Navajo Code Talker embroidered in gold thread […]

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Navajo Code Talkers Day Celebration set at the State Capitol for Aug. 14

BY: - August 12, 2022

One of the last living Navajo Code Talkers will be speaking in honor of Navajo Code Talkers Day on Aug. 14, marking the 80th anniversary of the Navajo Code Talkers. Navajo Code Talker Thomas H. Begay, 98, is coming to Phoenix with his family from Albuquerque, N.M., to share his experience serving in the U.S. […]