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Oak Flat has been used as a religious site to connect Indigenous peoples to their faith, families, and the natural world since before colonization and European contact.

The Biden administration has put a pause on plans to erect a copper mine in Arizona on land known as Oak Flat, a site sacred to Indigenous nations in the area, and will further consult with the San Carlos Apache and other tribes that have voiced opposition to the project. Read more»

President Joe Biden greets House Speaker Kevin McCarthy before the State of the Union address in February. The two men have been unable to agree on a plan to raise the debt ceiling, pushing the country closer to a June 1 default on the government’s obligations.

Arizona travel and tourism would likely be hit hard by a long-term breach in the nation’s debt payments if the U.S. defaults on its debt, and even a "narrow miss on default” could affect housing, senior income, military spending and all important sectors of the Arizona economy. Read more»

Transportation Security Administration worker inspects at passenger at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in February. The airport set records for passenger traffic on Feb. 13, when the Super Bowl and other events were in town, and it expects large crowds for Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day weekend travelers are expected to pack roads and airports at or above pre-pandemic levels this year, with experts saying that an estimated 42.3 million Americans - and about 887,000 from Arizona - are likely to travel, a 4% increase over last year’s numbers. Read more»

The water conservation plan means some Arizona cities and towns will have to conserve more than others.

While a Colorado River conservation plan has yet to be approved by the federal government, Gov. Katie Hobbs made two things clear at a news conference Thursday: Arizona will lead the way in the tri-state agreement, and Arizonans need not worry about a water-use crackdown. Read more»

The Arizona House of Representatives building.

Democratic Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, caught on video moving Bibles in the member’s lounge of the Arizona House of Representatives after GOP leadership ordered the installation of a camera, is facing a formal censure from Republican colleagues. Read more»

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, speaks with reporters about the debt limit and government funding negotiations outside the Capitol building on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

U.S. House members walked down the steps of the Capitol building Thursday morning to head back to their districts for a Memorial Day recess that began exactly one week before the country could default on the debt. Read more»

Bones, left, with Gov. Hobbs at the beginning of her term in January.

Allie Bones, the chief of staff to Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, is the latest staffer to leave the 9th floor of the State Capitol, with her resignation "effective immediately." Read more»

Mary Rodriguez told Pinal County’s Board of Supervisors at a May meeting that she served as a political observer in the county’s 2022 election and documented on index cards how complicated the elections process has become.

After human error in Pinal County’s midterm election caused officials to initially fail to count hundreds of ballots, the county’s supervisors now want to try counting ballots by hand. Read more»

Maricopa County asked that the court financially sanction Lake and her attorneys in an amount that the court determined was appropriate. They also are seeking for their attorneys’ fees to be paid by Lake and her attorneys in addition to the sanctions.

Kari Lake and her lawyers repeatedly lied to the court and misrepresented evidence during her election challenge trial last week and should be sanctioned for it, attorneys for Maricopa County wrote in a Tuesday filing. Read more»

Dershowitz argued that because he wasn’t involved in drafting the complaint or any of the subsequent filings, he thought it was clear that his involvement was limited - but his name was signed on a total of 15 filings in the case.

Attorney Alan Dershowitz, who worked on Kari Lake’s 2022 lawsuit aiming to ban the use of electronic vote machines in Arizona, says he shouldn’t face sanctions along with the rest of Lake’s counsel because of his "little involvement” in the case. Read more»

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne stands by Maria Syms, director of legal services for the state department of education, during a press conference on May 24, 2023. Horne discussed his support for Arizona’s trans athlete ban, which is currently facing a lawsuit.

Less than a dozen trans students in Arizona have asked to play on girl’s sports teams’ in the past decade, but Republican Superintendent Tom Horne said that girls across the state are facing unfair competition, which is why he is vehemently defending Arizona’s trans athlete ban. Read more»

Oathkeepers founder and director Stewart Rhodes speaking at the Nullify Now! event in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Stewart Rhodes, the veteran who founded the far-right Oath Keepers group, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his role in planning a “bloody revolution” to keep former President Donald Trump in power after the 2020 election. Read more»

Kevin McCarthy at a Jan. 5, 2023, press conference in the U.S. Capitol.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress brokered dozens of debt limit agreements, including several during the past decade, but House Republicans now are pushing for the federal government to spend less next year than it will this year in order for the party to move a debt limit bill. Read more»

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking with attendees at a 'Unite & Win Rally' at Arizona Financial Theatre in Phoenix.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a rising star in the Republican Party and former Donald Trump acolyte, announced his campaign for president of the United States on Wednesday during a problem-plagued Twitter Spaces event. Read more»

Emergency vehicles surround the U.S. Capitol on the night of Jan. 6, 2021, just hours after rioters left the building after failing to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s election.

Prosecutors are seeking a 17-year sentence for Arizona resident Edward Vallejo, one of nine members of the Oath Keepers who were convicted of seditious conspiracy in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Read more»

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