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ACLU alleges Tucson police unconstitutionally detain immigrants

After reviewing more than a year's worth of Tucson police records, the ACLU said that officers were prolonging traffic stops to investigate drivers' immigration status by holding them until Border Patrol agents arrive, violating the civil rights of immigrants and the department's own policies.... Read more»1

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Supreme Court upholds Arizona legislative districts

The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the state legislative districts in Arizona drawn by an independent commission, rebuffing complaints that the electoral maps diminished the clout of Republican voters.... Read more»3

Texas tells Supreme Court state has right to stop immigration action

The state of Texas’ final and most important argument against President Obama’s immigration plan was interrupted just seconds after it began on Monday by one of the more liberal justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.... Read more»

Thousands rally as high court hears deferred action case

Arizonans were among the thousands who rallied outside the Supreme Court Monday as justices considered a challenge by 26 states, including Arizona, to the Obama administration’s deferred deportation policies.... Read more»

In Tucson, Supreme Court immigration decision will come down to families

Two women, who recently faced the separation of their families through deportation, voice their support of two executive immigration policies under review by the U.S. Supreme Court following oral arguments Monday. ... Read more»

Full transcript: Supreme Court hears deferred action case

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case over the Obama administration's DACA and DAPA deferred action programs, which provide work permits and protection from immediate deportation.... Read more»

Supreme Court hears DACA case affecting 137K Arizonans

When the Supreme Court on Monday hears a Texas challenge to the Obama administration’s deferred deportation programs, the fates of 137,000 people in Arizona – and millions in the U.S. – will be riding on the outcome.... Read more»

Goldwater launches suit vs. Pima County balloon deal; officials mum

A rightwing lobbying group has sued Pima County over its backing of the high-altitude technology firm World View. Although officials had blasted back a week before when the Goldwater Institute floated the prospect of suing, the county maintained radio silence after the filing.... Read more»

Court ordered to review life-without-parole sentence for Navajo teen

A federal appeals court ordered a resentencing Monday for a Navajo man who was sentenced to life without parole for murder and conspiracy to murder in 2002, when he was just 16 years old. ... Read more»

County officials dismiss Goldwater questions about World View

Lawyers for Pima County have replied to a letter from a rightwing group that questioned the legality of local government backing of a high-altitude technology startup. The Goldwater Institute threatened to sue over the deal last week, but county officials maintain their actions are within the scope of the law.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Balloon payment: County foray into space as dubious as it is inspired

The idea of Pima County Supervisors rocketing into the space biz provides guffaws that write themselves. However, manned spaceflight has been turned over to the private sector and I'll tell you the folks at the Kennedy Space Center weren't laughing at World View. They were eager to rip World View from Tucson and relocate it on the shores of Cape Canaveral. The county's move to keep the company here has been met with hostility, derision and legal threats. I concur and completely disagree. ... Read more»2

Supreme Court upholds 'one person, one vote' in Texas case

In a unanimous decision released Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold Texas' current system for drawing legislative districts so that they are roughly equal in population. ... Read more»1

Ducey's 'Border Strike Force' statistics not adding up

DPS reports, released months after public records were requested, don't back up Gov. Doug Ducey’s claims that his Border Strike Force had the impact detailed in his State of the State address. A plan to spend $31 million on the force has been criticized by sheriffs in counties along the border.... Read more»

Contraception vs. religious freedom: What’s at stake in the latest Supreme Court showdown

In oral arguments Wednesday, religious groups contend that just signing a form to facilitate access to birth control violates their rights. ... Read more»

Trent Franks, other lawmakers back religious groups before Supreme Court hearing

Rep. Trent Franks led eight other lawmakers Tuesday in a show of support for religious groups on the eve of their Supreme Court challenge of an Obamacare mandate for birth-control benefits in employee health plans.... Read more»

SCOTUS nomination: What do the polls say America wants?

The Democrat's party line is that two-thirds of Americans believe that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland deserves a Senate hearing and vote. What do the polls say?... Read more»

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