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Wanted — water infrastructure funding

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It is going to be a tough year for many of our water users and the communities they support. We’ll continue our efforts to ensure their voices are heard and that farmers, ranchers and water purveyors keep playing a vital role in supporting the basic needs of their communities.

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Step up Sinema – abolish the filibuster

FILE - In this June 22, 2021, file photo, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., leaves a closed-door bipartisan infrastructure meeting with a group of senators and White House aides on Capitol Hill in Washington. More than her shock of purple hair or unpredictable votes Sinema is perhaps best known for doing the unthinkable in Washington: spending time on the Republican side of the aisle. Her years in Congress have been a whirlwind of political style and perplexing substance, an anti-war liberal-turned-deal-making centrist who now finds herself at the highest levels of power.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

But with the filibuster, S1 has no chance of passing. It’s simple: every day Sinema drags her feet on eliminating the filibuster — and every day that fellow Democrats and Biden don’t pressure her to change course — is a day our elected representatives are choosing decorum over democracy.

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What does Fourth of July mean to women?

In this September 1916 file photo, demonstrators hold a rally for women's suffrage in New York. The Seneca Falls convention in 1848 is widely viewed as the launch of the women's suffrage movement, yet women didn't gain the right to vote until ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. (AP Photo/File)

In 1917, women asked, "Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait for Liberty?" 104 years and counting. As Douglass said, so long as inequality persists, “America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.”

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A need for creative forest management

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Arizona’s forests are in degraded health. They are overly dense and prone to disturbances like catastrophic fire, drought, and insect outbreaks. Restoration activities can reduce the risk of severe fire and post-fire flooding, however, small-diameter trees and biomass thinned from the forests to improve forest health have little to no market value, and there is limited forest products industry capacity in the region.

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