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The redistricting conundrum: Just what is a community of interest?

BY: - December 3, 2021

Long after he’d finished his work chairing the first Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Steve Lynn crossed paths with Sandra Day O’Connor, and took the opportunity to ask the retired Supreme Court justice a nagging question he from his time drawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts: How exactly does one define the term “community of […]

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Legislative leaders sound off on redistricting, competitiveness

BY: - December 2, 2021

Democratic legislative leaders presented a laundry list of grievances over Latino districts, competitiveness and a GOP lawmaker’s attempt to influence his Tucson-area legislative district, while House Speaker Rusty Bowers urged the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to put less of a premium on competitive districts, as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle got an opportunity […]

Biden’s oil and gas policy falls short on climate goals, House Democrats say

BY: - December 2, 2021

Democrats on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday encouraged President Joe Biden to take stronger action to limit oil and gas production, while Republicans said reducing domestic production would only increase global emissions from overseas suppliers. In a hearing less than a week after the U.S. Interior Department released a report that called […]

At-home COVID tests to be covered by insurance—but details still to come

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — State health officials on Thursday welcomed the Biden administration’s plan to require private health insurers to reimburse Americans for the cost of rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests — though the officials also raised questions about whether the process will be burdensome. Making those tests more accessible will allow Americans to get results quickly and […]

Navajo Nation police chief stepping down next month

BY: - December 2, 2021

Navajo Nation Police Chief Phillip Francisco is leaving the position he’s held for five and half years. He’ll instead become chief of police for Bloomfield, N.M., and will begin his new job Jan. 4.  Before Francisco was named Navajo Nation police chief, it had been well over a decade since someone was in that role. […]

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Flashpoints emerge as Arizonans lobby redistricting commission for changes

BY: - December 2, 2021

After weeks of hearings on the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission’s draft maps of its proposed legislative and congressional districts, members of the public have no shortage of gripes about how the lines are drawn or suggestions on how to make them better. Various hotspots have emerged as points of controversy since the AIRC began its […]

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After acquittal, Kyle Rittenhouse opponents and supporters rally at ASU

BY: - December 2, 2021

TEMPE – More than 100 protesters gathered in the Arizona State University Nelson Fine Arts Center courtyard Wednesday demanding ASU bar Kyle Rittenhouse, though university officials say Rittenhouse isn’t enrolled and hasn’t applied for admission. The group chanted “Killer Kyle off our campus!” as they were met with a crowd of Rittenhouse supporters of roughly […]

Biden to unveil plan to blunt potential COVID surge this winter

BY: - December 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — Reimbursements for at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Tougher testing requirements for international travelers. More emergency response teams to aid states combating infection spikes.  And another big push to get Americans vaccinated. Those are the latest steps to fight COVID-19 that President Joe Biden will be announcing Thursday, according to senior administration officials who briefed reporters […]

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U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

BY: and - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments that its […]

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Protestors rally at Supreme Court as justices hear landmark abortion case

BY: - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — Lucia Ruta remembers a time when abortions were illegal. A native of Washington, D.C., she says she received an abortion in a back alley when she was 16, in the 1960s.  “The doctor told me that if I made as so much a whimper, he was going to stop and kick me out,” […]

Missing weaver’s work gives family and searchers some hope

BY: - December 1, 2021

Ella Mae Begay prepared the materials for another loom to weave a rug in her pictorial style. Her family said she didn’t usually talk much about what she planned to make — save for the commission where people asked her for a rodeo scene or a classic truck in front of red hills. They often […]

Maricopa GOP resolution targets Republican lawmakers over voucher vote

BY: - December 1, 2021

Members of the Maricopa County Republican Party are moving to censure three GOP lawmakers for their vote against a massive expansion of Arizona’s voucher-style program for K-12 education. A resolution introduced by former Senate President Russell Pearce states that the Maricopa County GOP “opposes Republicans who campaign as conservatives while voting against school choice and […]