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Census: Coconino led nation in births to single moms

Almost three in four babies born in Coconino County in 2011 were born to unmarried women, the highest rate in the nation, if Census Bureau estimates are correct. Experts question that number, but most agree that births to single moms is an issue for the state.... Read more»

Az food-stamp recipients won’t feel farm bill funding cuts

President Barack Obama signed a farm bill Friday that includes $8 billion in cuts to the food-stamp program over the next 10 years, but Arizona recipients will not see a reduction in their benefits. But advocates point to benefits cuts in November and worry that more may be coming. ... Read more»

Bachmann botches poverty stats

Rep. Michele Bachmann was wrong on two counts when she claimed today’s poverty rate is “only slightly below where it was in 1964″ and that the small improvement in the rate “came with a $20 trillion price tag.”... Read more»

1.1 million Arizonans will see food-stamp cuts Friday

More than 1.1 million Arizonans who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – better known as food stamps – will see their benefits reduced Friday in a long-planned national cut., ranging from $11 a month for a single recipient to $65 or more for large families.... Read more»

Obama’s numbers, October update

America is still gaining jobs under President Obama, but millions more live in poverty, typical household incomes have not kept pace with inflation, and the federal debt is up nearly 90 percent and on pace to double before he leaves office. Stockholders, meanwhile, are far wealthier than they were the day he was sworn in.... Read more»

Brewer, advocates: Larger welfare crisis looms if federal shutdown lingers

While the governor has restored welfare payments to families whose checks were hung up by the federal shutdown, she's warning that a larger crisis looms. Food stamp payments that 1.1 million Arizonans rely on wouldn't go out if the impasse continues into November, she says. ... Read more»

Report: Arizona among worst in nation for childhood obesity

Arizona had the seventh-highest rate of obesity in 2011 for children ages 10 to 17, says a new report unveiled Thursday. Arizona was the only Western state to rank in the 10 worst — the rest were in the South or the Midwest. Nearly 20 percent of Arizona youth were obese, compared to a high of 21.7 percent in Mississippi and a low of 9.9 percent in Oregon.... Read more»

Farm bill squeaks through House; almost entire Az delegation opposed

The U.S. House barely passed a farm bill Thursday afternoon, with only one member of the Arizona delegation supporting the measure after leaders stripped the food stamp program out of it. The 216-208 vote largely followed party lines, with every Democrat voting against the bill and 12 Republicans breaking ranks to vote against it.... Read more»

Obama’s numbers (quarterly update)

There are insights that emerge from the first in a series of regular quarterly updates of key statistical indicators of the Obama presidency.... Read more»

Bachmann bungles Benghazi, food stamps

Rep. Michele Bachmann used misleading and at times wildly inaccurate portrayals of two key domestic and foreign policy issues — food stamps and the response to an attack on a U.S. consulate in Libya — to paint President Obama as someone who doesn’t “care.”... Read more»


Underselling the sequester cuts

An ad from a fiscally conservative group makes a true but misleading claim that the sequester only amounts to “a 3 percent cut in federal spending.” A majority of federal spending is exempt from the sequester cuts, so the parts that are not will be cut much more deeply than … ... Read more»1

More pet owners eligible for free spay/neuter services

Under AWASA's expanded Pet Fix program, government assisted pet owners can get free spay/neuter surgeries for up to two animals per month at participating clinics. ... Read more»

Rising Az food-stamp rolls at near-record highs

Arizona adding 17,000 people to its food stamp roster in October has the state hanging onto near-record-high levels of assistance after 18 months. The increase from September to October brought the number of people receiving food stamps in the state to 1.14 million. ... Read more»

Farmers frustrated as farm bill set to expire

Congress left town without acting on the farm bill, which expires Sept. 30. Its expiration won't immediately affect farmers and food-stamp recipients who benefit from the massive, multi-year bill - but that doesn't mean those groups are happy about the inaction. ... Read more»


Gabby Mercer tripped up by social media Darwinism

On Sunday night, Republican CD3 congressional candidate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer posted a snide comment on her Facebook page, comparing food stamp recipients to animals. Perhaps her "base" loved it. Others did not.... Read more»

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