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More cities, counties defying feds on deportation holds

More jurisdictions — including almost 300 cities and counties plus the states of California, Colorado and Connecticut — are refusing to cooperate with federal immigration authorities when they are asked to detain noncitizen prisoners for possible deportation.... Read more»2

Phx out to reduce economic, human cost of disconnected youth

As of 2012, the Phoenix area had an estimated 183,000 disconnected youth, and the Valley’s percentage of disconnected youth – 22 percent – ranked it last among the nation’s 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Phoenix has taken steps to improve those figures.... Read more»

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Andrew Thomas: A campaign fueled by hate

Only in Arizona can people run a TV ad using bigotry and homophobia as possible gubernatorial virtues.... Read more»1

Tribal, Glendale officials in casino fight testify to Senate panel

Tohono O’odham leaders “looked us in the face and lied” about plans for a Glendale casino, and Congress needs to step in and stop it, opponents told a Senate panel. But casino backers called such legislation “mean-spirited,” noting that their plan has survived challenges at every turn.... Read more»

Maricopa must pay $975,000 settlement in Arpaio harrassment case

A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Maricopa County must pay former County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox $975,000 to settle her claims that Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a former county attorney harassed and intimidated her.... Read more»

Domestic violence drops along with general crime

The recent Arizona Republic story was all too familiar: “Mesa police said they believe a 25-year-old man was the gunman in an apparent murder-suicide that also left his girlfriend dead Sunday morning in a school parking lot.”... Read more»

Advocate honored for giving voice to victims of violence

Jamie Blason, a deputy county attorney in Maricopa County, was recognized Wednesday by the Justice Department for her work giving a voice to victims of violence.... Read more»

Packed pounds prompt adoption flights

With shelters in Arizona facing an overabundance of chihuahuas, groups sometimes turn to shipping them to states where there’s a better chance of finding homes. Maricopa County Animal Care and Control winds up euthanizing hundreds of chihuahuas each year.... Read more»

Maricopa got residents from across U.S., lost them to nearby counties

Maricopa County gained residents from nearly 1,000 counties across the U.S. – from Pinal County to as far away as Washington County, Maine – and lost residents to an even wider swath, the Census Bureau reported. But within Arizona, Maricopa saw a net loss of population to other counties, while Pinal and Pima had net gains of in-state residents between 2007 to 2011.... Read more»

EPA proposing OK for Maricopa County dust-reduction plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing approval for a plan by local and state officials to reduce airborne dust in Maricopa County. The approval would end years of wrangling over the county’s failure to meet EPA standards — a conflict that jeopardized federal highway funding.... Read more»

Monitor order for Sheriff Arpaio draws criticism

After a federal judge ordered that a monitor guard against racial profiling by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, a handful of demonstrators showed up in Phoenix on Thursday to fill out a tongue-in-cheek application to “babysit” Sheriff Joe Arpaio.... Read more»

Advocates, officials spar over handling early ballots in Arizona

In the run-up to last year’s general election, several political action groups worked to get residents of low-income and high-minority neighborhoods on Maricopa County’s permanent early voting list. As Nov. 6 approached, those groups had thousands of volunteers knocking on doors to encourage people to mail back those ballots and, if voters couldn’t for any reason, offering to deliver ballots to the county.... Read more»

County, analysis: Impact of early voting list plan distributed

Maricopa County officials say that about 20,000 registered voters would be removed from the permanent early voting list under proposed legislation aimed at reducing the number of provisional ballots.... Read more»

Poll: Don't scrub early voting lists

Advocates contend the survey shows public opinion is behind their opposition to a bill aimed at helping each county manage its permanent early voting list. The bill would allow counties to drop from their lists those who fail to vote by mail in two straight elections.... Read more»

Border roundup

Supreme Court looks at Az as injured men, explosives found in desert

Border roundup: Arizona proposition becomes a test case for voter registration laws, family green cards face restrictions, injured men and explosives are found in the desert and Mexican towns and newspapers respond to cartel violence.... Read more»

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