Mayes, Horne, vouchers, ESAs, parents, students
Jul 24, 2023

Mayes warns parents removing children from public schools for voucher program could victimize them

The state's top prosecutor is warning parents that pulling their children out of public schools to take advantage of the new universal voucher program could make them the victims of bias, with no legal recourse.

Sinema, Ruben Gallego, fundraising, campaign donations
Jul 24, 2023

Gallego raises more, spends more for potential Senate run against Sinema

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., is putting her money where her mouth isn’t – in a race for reelection that she has not yet said whether she will enter.

LGBTQ, Supreme Court, Arizona, Colorado
Jul 18, 2023

Arizona advocates fear long-term impact of court’s discrimination ruling

Advocates say a Supreme Court ruling that struck down anti-discrimination protections will likely have little immediate impact in Arizona – beyond confusion – but they worry it opens the door to abuses down the road.

migrants, attorneys, border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Arizona, Texas
Jul 3, 2023

Biden administration guaranteed attorney access for migrant screenings, most don’t have it

As the Biden administration prepared to launch speedy asylum screenings at Border Patrol holding facilities this spring, authorities pledged a key difference from a Trump-era version of the policy: Migrants would be guaranteed access to legal counsel.

death row, justice, equity, Indigenous women, inmates, Black
Jun 27, 2023

Our ‘justice’ system: a paradox of errors and innocence

The release of Barry Jones after nearly 30 years on Arizona's death row, wrongfully convicted for a crime he did not commit, forces us to confront the unsettling of our justice system. Despite being a nation that upholds values of fairness and justice, we've seen these principles denied to too many individuals, especially those of color. As a Black woman, I am deeply disturbed by this pattern.

Toma, House, Senate, Hobbs, Ducey, Napolitano, Mofford, bills, Republicans, Democrats
Mar 3, 2023

After budget veto, more GOP bills likely for Hobbs’ rejection

It’s been more than a decade since Arizona had a divided government, but Republican legislators are signaling they’re willing to send bills to die at the desk of Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.  

hate crime, Super Bowl LVII, Gilbert Ortega, Native American Galleries, Cody Blackbird, Native Art Market, ESPN,
Feb 10, 2023

Native dancers want Arizona gallery owner held on hate crime

Native American dancers who were the target of a Scottsdale gallery owner's racist rant as they were being filmed for Super Bowl week are pushing for hate crime charges.

Horne, Critical Race Theory, state of education
Jan 31, 2023

House committee approves bill to fine schools teaching ‘CRT’

A Republican majority in the House Education Committee, with support from Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, revived the crusade against critical race theory (CRT) and passed a bill imposing a $5,000 fine on schools whose staff are found to have provided “prohibited instruction” on race outlined in the legislation.  

ESAs, Hobbs, school funding, K-12 education, vouchers, Horne, parents
Jan 27, 2023

Pandemic, culture wars revive ‘school choice’ policy push

With memories fresh from pandemic-era school closures and curriculum battles — particularly over how matters of gender and race are taught — legions of parents are trekking to the marble floors of their state Capitols to fight to create education savings accounts, also known as ESAs. Such accounts exist in Arizona and West Virginia, though Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs argues the dollars would be b[...]

vote, voters, election, ballots, Proposition 309, election
Nov 8, 2022

Incumbent Martinez leading in LD16 House race; Democrat newcomer barely trails Hudelson

The single-shot Democratic state House candidate in Legislative District 16 lost his lead to both Republican opponents by Wednesday morning. Incumbent Rep. Teresa Martinez, R-Casa Grande, currently leads the district with 36.66% of the district’s votes as of 10:30 a.m. Her running mate Rob Hudelson received 31.76% and Democratic newcomer Keith Seaman, just trails Hudelson with 31.57%.

Mar 4, 2022

Townsend ends 2022 pursuit of U.S. House seat 

  State Sen. Kelly Townsend is folding her congressional bid, a move that could pave the way for her to take on — and possibly unseat — the recently censured Sen. Wendy Rogers.  The Apache Junction Republican said she made the decision after failing to get an anticipated endorsement from former President Trump. And Townsend […]

Feb 10, 2022

Brnovich, Trump had multiple contacts in December 2020

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich was among the roughly dozen state attorneys general who met with then-President Donald Trump at the White House about a month after the 2020 election, emails show.   The December 10, 2020, luncheon in the White House Cabinet Room came two days after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit […]