Ending a pregnancy in 14 states leaves few options. Some are looking to Europe and India for help.

BY: - March 21, 2023

The pills came in a dark salmon-colored envelope sealed with a plastic covering that traveled more than 7,000 miles, over a dozen time zones from Nagpur, India, in almost exactly one week. They were placed partially under the doormat of a home in a state with one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the […]

Senate panel endorses Jeffrey Glover to run DPS

BY: - March 20, 2023

Former Tempe Police Chief Jeffrey Glover on Monday did what few of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ nominees to lead state agencies have done so far: cleared a GOP-controlled Senate panel that was created this year to interrogate the governor’s appointees and has served as a roadblock for many of them.  By a vote of 5-0 on […]

Feds to send nearly $200 million to help communities prepare for wildfires

BY: - March 20, 2023

The Biden administration will send $197 million from the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law to help communities prepare for wildfires this summer, Vice President Kamala Harris and other administration officials said Monday. The funding represents the first round of a new $1 billion Community Wildfire Defense Grant program authorized under the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that […]

Arizona AG partners with Tribal Council to create training program on human trafficking

BY: - March 20, 2023

As a way to address the unique challenges Indigenous communities face concerning human trafficking, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office has entered into a partnership with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) to launch a first-of-its-kind Train the Trainer program. The program is geared toward developing a curriculum to create awareness and prevention resources on […]

Biden administration details potential cuts in education, food aid and more under GOP plan

BY: - March 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — Federal departments and agencies say U.S. House Republicans’ plans to cut federal spending would result in reductions to key programs like food aid, education assistance and wildfire management.  The series of letters from across the federal government released Monday detail exactly how plans to cut at least $130 billion in domestic spending during […]

Supreme Court hears Navajo water rights case with potentially big impact

BY: - March 20, 2023

WASHINGTON – When the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in Arizona v. Navajo Nation, it will be considering fairly technical legal questions, but the answers could have a large impact on water allocation in the Colorado River basin. The case actually combines two cases, Arizona v. Navajo Nation and Department of the Interior v. […]

Claiming a First Amendment right to anonymity, lawsuit aims to strike down ‘dark money’ prop

BY: - March 17, 2023

A lawsuit filed in federal court Friday aims to declare the anti-dark money ballot measure that Arizona voters approved last year unconstitutional on grounds that political donors have a First Amendment right to do so anonymously, among other claims.  Voters widely approved Proposition 211 last year, with more than 70% of voters choosing to require […]

Regulators end week like they started — tamping down fears, rescuing a bank

BY: - March 17, 2023

Financial regulators, policymakers, and bank executives spent the week trying to abate fears that a banking crisis will spread across the U.S. financial system.  On Friday, President Joe Biden released a statement calling on Congress to take action to make it easier for regulators to hold senior bank executives accountable for their mismanagement.  “It should […]

Far-right Republicans denounce push for ranked-choice voting in Arizona

BY: - March 17, 2023

With Arizona set to see a ballot initiative in 2024 to implement ranked-choice voting across the state, Republicans at the legislature sounded the alarm on Wednesday, saying the voting style is wrong for the Grand Canyon State.  “Ranked-choice voting is a proven scam to further destroy integrity in our elections,” warned Rep. Austin Smith during […]

Hobbs: State not ready to execute Gunches by April 6; court urged to force execution

BY: - March 17, 2023

WASHINGTON – With just three weeks until convicted murderer Aaron Gunches is scheduled to be put to death, a court battle continues to rage over whether the state will be ready to execute him by lethal injection on April 6. Gov. Katie Hobbs said in filings with the Arizona Supreme Court Wednesday that she is […]

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Proposed bill would put a ban on banning gun shows

BY: - March 16, 2023

A bill that already garnered approval in the state Senate would bar Arizona municipalities from banning gun shows. One of the bill’s proponents warned the legislature could “make lives unpleasant” for municipalities that choose to do so, even if the bill never becomes law. Bob Templeton, owner of the Crossroads of the West Gun Shows, […]

Arizona Senate passes anti-drag bills

BY: - March 16, 2023

Two anti-drag bills passed the state Senate with GOP support Thursday despite promises from Gov. Katie Hobbs of a future veto and ongoing threats of violence toward the drag community in Arizona.  The two bills, sponsored by Sen. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, would target drag shows, despite Kern saying the bills didn’t expressly target drag shows, […]