heat, heat wave, high temperatures, Phoenix, Arizona, water, hot days
Jul 18, 2023

Phoenix has sweltered from heat that will break record for American cities

Phoenix's relentless streak of dangerously hot days was finally poised to smash a record for major U.S. cities on Tuesday, the 19th straight day the desert city was to see the temperature soar to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 C) or more.

Census Bureau, Latino, Middle Eastern, North African descent
May 15, 2023

‘Other’ no more: Census change could add MENA, Latino categories, more

The Census Bureau could follow through on plans to overhaul the way it asks people about their race and ethnicity, including altering the definitions of American Indian or Alaska Native and other categories, and adding MENA – for Middle Eastern or North African.

Democrats, Gallego, election, ballots, Sinema, No Labels, lawsuit
Jan 24, 2023

Democrats eye new Congressional opening 

The heavily Democratic Congressional District 3 is seemingly open for takers now that Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-AZ, has announced that he’ll run for Senate.   Several Democrats are considering a run, but it’s a big risk. In such a blue district, whichever Democrat wins the primary is almost guaranteed the seat, and there’s no limit on how many primary candidates can run.  

soot pollution
Jan 20, 2023

Climate and health in South Phoenix: building advocates through education

South Phoenix has a history of redlining and racist city planning, which zoned it for heavy industrial use that contaminated the communities of color who were segregated there. It’s up to decision makers to hear us and address our concerns–it’s time for action and it’s beyond time for strict limits on the methane, soot, and other pollutant emissions that have devastating effects on human h[...]

Democrats, Gallego, election, ballots, Sinema, No Labels, lawsuit
Sep 2, 2022

Espinoza drops out of Senate race for SRP job 

Unopposed state Senate candidate Rep. Diego Espinoza, D-Tolleson, withdrew from his race today to take a job with the Salt River Project, leaving his West Valley district with no candidate on the ballot. 

Latino, dropout rates, students, Conoce tus Opciones Escolares
Aug 29, 2022

Quality education and opportunities for the Latino community

There's a growing group of K-12 students who are missing out on the education they need and deserve. Where do we find the fastest growing dropout rate of K-12 students relative to their peers? Latino students.

Apr 7, 2021

Arizona students need access to rigorous, challenging coursework

As a state with one of the largest and fastest growing Latino student populations in the nation, we must close the achievement gap that leaves so many students behind, especially students in low-income households or those in communities of color. Let’s all embrace this opportunity for a better future.

Mar 29, 2021

Address Latino influence in Arizona

As I look at the trajectory of Arizona, I envision a state that is thriving, welcoming and an environment that promotes opportunity and justice for all. When I think of the current state of Arizona, I am reminded that to get there it is critical for us to do the work now. We don’t have the time to wait.

Mario Diaz (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Nov 13, 2017

Mario Diaz: From poor C-student to managing winning gubernatorial campaign

Mario Enrique Diaz came to Arizona as a student with $20 in his pocket, and he has since worked basically every job in politics here. The Democratic consultant is now working as a civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army.

"Before, all of this used to be a dump. If there was sewage and potable water, it would be all right," Araceli Silva said. Her sons drilled and installed a well in the backyard of her home in Wall Lane, near Yuma.
Oct 3, 2017

Colonias on the border struggle with decades-old water issues

All along the U.S.-Mexico border, about 840,000 mostly low-income, immigrant Latinos have settled in colonias – cheap plots of land outside city limits without basic infrastructure such as water and sewage systems, electricity and paved roads.

Sep 28, 2015

Arizona Latino voting bloc taking slow, steady path to influence

Arizona’s Latino voting bloc is being slowly built and jostled into action, but it’s not quite a tour-de-force just yet, according to Latino voters groups and policy analysts.

May 18, 2015

State service honors Arizona’s first Hispanic governor

Raul Castro was remembered Saturday as a devoted public servant who made history when he became Arizona's only Hispanic governor.