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Alice Walker’s 'The Color Purple' and Laura Esquivel’s 'Like Water for Chocolate' are among the books that could be prohibited under Arizona’s ban on sexually explicit materials in schools.

A new ban on books containing sexual content makes its way into Arizona public schools this week, and critics worry self-censoring will add further stress to already overburdened teachers. Read more»

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaking with supporters of President of the United States Donald Trump at a 'Make America Great Again' campaign rally at Goodyear Airport.

U.S. House Republicans gathered inside a warehouse in Southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday to outline the legislation they’d try to enact if voters give them back control of that chamber following the November midterm elections. Read more»

Dozens of migrants, including several family units, leave on a New York City-bound bus outside a shelter in El Paso on Aug. 31, 2022. The city and county of El Paso are sponsoring (to be reimbursed by FEMA) the voluntary trips to relieve pressure on local resources and shelters.

Govs. Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis are following a familiar playbook: Put immigration front and center in election season to take advantage of populist backlash - but using migrants as props has taken the issue to another level. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Mark Finchem, on the left, and Adrian Fontes, on the right, during a debate Thursday night, televised on Arizona PBS.

Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, continually dodged questions and spouted conspiracy theories in a televised debate Thursday night against his Democratic opponent, Adrian Fontes. Read more»

The Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, where a special collection of more than 1,700 reel-to-reel magnetic tapes, containing interviews with Navajo elders and medicine people conducted in the 1960s-1970s, is currently stored.

The Doris Duke Indian Oral History Program, which captures the stories and fading languages of Indigenous people across the U.S., will digitize the materials stored at universities - but this time, tribes will have far more control. Read more»

Florida’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court to settle a controversial legal battle playing out across the country as states attempt to regulate how social media companies moderate content on their sites. Read more»

Oro Valley Republican Representative and candidate for Arizona Secretary of State Rep. Mark Finchem.

Arizona Republican Secretary of State nominee Mark Finchem held a fundraiser in California on Sunday that was hosted by a conspiracy theorist who believes 9/11 was orchestrated by the U.S. government and attended by a prominent QAnon influencer. Read more»

A controversial Texas law allowing citizens to sue social media platforms for censoring political speech takes effect after a federal appellate court reversed an injunction blocking the law from enforcement. Read more»

Home of the Arizona Cardinals, State Farm Stadium is owned by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and in many ways limits the franchise’s revenue opportunities in comparison to other NFL teams.

Amid the roller coaster offseason the Arizona Cardinals endured, the team's value increased to $3.27 billion, a 23% increase from last year that made them the 47th most valuable sports team in the world - yet the Cardinals dropped to No. 30 from No. 27 on the NFL team value list. Read more»

Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, at a U.S. Senate hearing in 2015.

A defamation and computer fraud lawsuit filed this week against Texas-based True the Vote asks a judge to essentially determine whether the election-integrity group’s campaign against a small election vendor constitutes slanderous lies or a participation in criminal acts. Read more»

Coinciding with International Day of Democracy, roughly 386 media partners will publish stories drawing attention to the crisis facing U.S. democracy and sounding the alarm that democracy is on the cusp of collapse. Read more»

Election Day falls on Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Arizonans can vote in person starting Oct. 12, wait until Election Day or get a mailed ballot - as a number of top state offices are up for grabs this election season, and few of them are without controversy. Read more»

A mailer being sent out by RUN AAPI as part of their 'Give a F*ck About Midterms' campaign.

Asian American voter turnout soared in 2020 - especially in Arizona - and ahead of the midterms, advocacy groups are seeking to continue to energize the Asian American Pacific Islander community, a demographic that they say has been largely ignored by political campaigns. Read more»

Government social media accounts generally are run by agency employees in communications and community roles.

The El Paso region of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deactiving its Twitter account after it was used Saturday to promote political and homophobic content - though the agency did not identify which employee was using the Twitter account at the time of the retweets and likes. Read more»

U.S. Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters at the University of Arizona during a college education roundtable on Aug. 12, 2022.

The Republican Party of Arizona is begging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to put his weight and his leadership committee’s wallet behind U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters - something McConnell has not, so far, publicly done. Read more»

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