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Leo had taken a leave of absence from the Federalist Society to advise President Trump on judicial appointments, helping shepherd the appointments of Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and helping to fill more than 200 other positions in federal district and appellate courts.

Leonard Leo, the longtime Federalist Society leader who helped create a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, has moved on to the Teneo Network, a little-known group he called “networks of conservatives that can roll back” liberal influence. Read more»

Demonstrators at the 'Rally for Resilience,' headed by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, in Washington, D.C., on March 7, 2023.

Farmers and leaders from more than 20 progressive agricultural groups gathered this week to march on the U.S. Capitol, and promote climate solutions and underserved producers as priority issues for lawmakers in the upcoming farm bill. Read more»

A 2021 report from the Arizona Department of Health Services found that just under 92% of abortions in the state were performed at or before 13 weeks.

Following the lead of Tucson and Phoenix, Flagstaff is now the third Arizona city to pass a resolution in support of abortion access, in protest of statewide restrictions. Read more»

The bill Instructs DCS to provide specific information about the child and, if known, the child’s abductor, to all local media outlets within 48 hours of receiving a report of a missing, abducted or runaway child.

The Arizona House of Representatives passed a that bill would require the Department of Child Safety to begin making notifications within 24 hours of a child’s disappearance, with the hope of locating missing children before they are found dead. Read more»

Silencers are available to gun owners in the United States but they have to be registered to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and get approval with the agency.

A trio of GOP gun measures won approval from lawmakers Wednesday, including legalizing silencers and muzzle suppressors and a measure that would allow people with concealed weapon permits to bring firearms onto Arizona school campuses. Read more»

Michael Grabowski was kicked off of Arizona’s cross-country team in September 2018, losing his scholarship and in turn being forced to attend a different school.

A Ninth Circuit panel will decide whether homophobic slurs used against a former University of Arizona student-athlete counted as sexual harassment under Title IX, which hinges on whether those he said harassed him actually believed he was gay. Read more»

The pandemic widened accessibility by creating flexibility by how people access mental health care — including telehealth for patients on Medicaid.

As pandemic-era benefits end, some 600,000 Arizonans are set to be removed from the Medicaid rolls next year - a situation causing distress to many who are certainly at risk of being disenrolled and also those who may fall just over the income threshold to qualify for Medicaid. Read more»

U.S. District Judge Michael Liburdi ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on the Procurement Act count, permanently enjoining the order from being enforced in Arizona as of Feb. 10.

A Ninth Circuit panel took up the question of whether the Biden administration's COVID vaccine mandate exceeded the executive branch's authority after then-Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued the Biden administration over rules regulating private employers. Read more»

Willy died after sustaining serious injuries during a grooming. His owner, John Smith, learned there are no regulations on pet groomers and very few ways to hold them accountable.

In Arizona, and in the rest of the country, there are no no licensing requirements on who can become a pet groomer and no regulatory boards that oversee pet grooming businesses - now, owners are fighting are fighting to ensure their pet's health and safety. Read more»

A victim of the 2009 Station Fire. Only a quarter of the 900,000 seedlings planted after the fire in the Angeles National Park were still alive a year later.

Wildfires and severe drought are killing trees at an alarming rate across the West, and forests are struggling to recover as the planet warms - however, new research shows there are ways to improve forests’ chances of recovery – by altering how wildfires burn. Read more»

Fentanyl has overtaken heroin for the first time as the most-trafficked drug across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fentanyl dealers linked to an overdose death could face the death penalty under a Arizona Republican proposal that critics say will also sweep up drug addicts and send them to death row. Read more»

Phoenix joined Tucson in passing legislation the prohibits 'source of income' discrimination against renters, which is when landlords reject applicants who rely on Section 8 vouchers, Social Security, disability payments or other public income. The Tucson law is under review by the attorney general, but Phoenix officials are confident the ordinance will survive.

Joining Tucson, the Phoenix City Council has also given overwhelming approval to a measure that would prevent landlords and property owners from discriminating against renters or buyers who rely on public assistance for income. Read more»

Attorney General Kris Mayes in January 2023.

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes is suing Cochise County for giving its recorder near-full control over the county’s elections, arguing county supervisors weren’t clear enough that they still have the final say over certain decisions. Read more»

The trans pride flag flying at the author’s home.

The right-wing war on transgender and gender non-conforming people has escalated to a new, very dangerous level. Last weekend at CPAC, Michael Knowles railed against transgender people, telling the crowd, “For the good of society, transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely.” The people in attendance applauded as he smirked. Read more»

Nearly 22 million women, girls and gender-nonconforming persons of reproductive age are now living in states where abortion has been banned or is in other ways inaccessible, a contingent of U.S. and global human rights groups noted in a letter to the U.N.

Ahead of International Women’s Day, hundreds of U.S. and global human rights groups have asked the United Nations to intervene on behalf of the millions of women in the U.S. who have been left without access to legal abortion and vital forms of reproductive health care. Read more»

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