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Arizona is one of several states that rejected top-ticket candidates in the midterms who embraced the false conspiracy theory that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Democrats' dissent wasn’t enough to stop the Arizona House Municipal Oversight and Elections Committee from passing four Republican-sponsored bills aimed to instill faith in the election process back into voters, whom Republicans say have less trust following recent elections. Read more»

The record funding investment allocated by the legislature last year — which is a part of why school funding has exceeded the cap — has already been given to schools.

As schools across Arizona face down an impending fiscal cliff, lawmakers met on Thursday to discuss what their options are — despite the fact that legislation to address the issue has been ready to go since the session started. Read more»

Arizona got a grade of A for the strength of its smoke-free workplace laws and a C for its access to tobacco cessation services, but failed the other three categories – tobacco taxes, treatment of flavored tobacco and funding of tobacco prevention and cessation – in the American Lung Association’s annual report card.

Arizona lags behind in policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use and the state received failing grades in three of five categories and did not improve on any of its grades from last year, according to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report. Read more»

In October 2021, DHS stopped large worksite raids to instead investigate companies that exploit undocumented workers.

Undocumented immigrants enduring abuses such as wage theft, safety infractions and gender discrimination can now obtain deportation relief when they report workplace violations to a government agency, and gain temporary legal status when cooperating with investigators. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Goodyear, speaks at a Jan. 26, 2023, press conference about border security.

An event dubbed “Border 911” - hosted by the group largely responsible for funding the Arizona Senate’s partisan review of the 2020 presidential election - will take place on Saturday in Phoenix and feature at least one Arizona lawmaker and speakers connected to QAnon and hate groups. Read more»

Although the highest number of bystanders who raised concerns about the attacker were direct family members, the report found friends, acquaintances and co-workers were also poised to notice and report worrisome changes in behavior.

A report published by the National Threat Assessment Center found the people closest to individuals who carried out mass murders often sense something is wrong and said "the value of bystander reporting cannot be overstated” when preventing such tragedies. Read more»

Kern dismissed statistics that Arizona’s prison system is one of the fastest growing in the nation and that the state has one of the largest prison populations in the nation.

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

Kari Lake at a 2022 campaign event in Tucson.

The Arizona Supreme Court struck down Kari Lake’s second request for the high court to take up her election appeal currently being heard by the Arizona Court of Appeals - where she is arguing the original trial judge set too high a bar and hopes to introduce new evidence. Read more»

Delia Rodriguez, a math teacher at the Valencia Newcomer School in Phoenix, instructs students on linear functions on Dec. 17, 2018.

A panel of policymakers and educators gathered at the U.S. Capitol to promote the American Teacher Act, which would authorize the federal government to create four-year grants for states to enact and enforce minimum school teacher salary requirements of $60,000 or more. Read more»

Emergency workers spray down a Chevrolet Tahoe at the scene of a fatal crash involving a U.S. Border Patrol pursuit in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, on July 27, 2022.

Come May, border law enforcement agents will be prohibited from engaging in vehicle pursuit solely on the grounds of a vehicle failing to stop at a checkpoint or yielding to an agent attempting to pull it over, in an attempt to reduce incidents that have led to dozens of deaths. Read more»

The American Rescue Plan included $10 billion to reduce homelessness nationally for veterans and nonveterans alike, and the American Jobs Plan invested $213 billion to create more affordable housing.

Homelessness disproportionately affects veterans, but the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that a variety of efforts to help veterans find housing has resulted in the rate dropping 11% in the past three years nationwide and more than 50% since 2010. Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs said she created an independent prison oversight commission to address 'really serious corrections issues and a lack of urgency to deal with them and change the way we’re treating folks in our custody in the state.' A federal judge this month ordered significant improvements to health care in the state’s prisons.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed her sixth executive order Wednesday, establishing an independent prison oversight commission to improve the transparency and accountability of Arizona’s corrections system. Read more»

Advocates welcome the surge in Affordable Care Act enrollment, saying it will benefit patients as well as providers by letting people seek care before their health is in crisis. Nurse Diana Weaselboy performs a checkup at Patina Wellness Center in Phoenix in this 2019 photo.

A record number of Arizonans signed up for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act, as enrollment in the program continues to rebound from the Trump administration’s efforts to suppress coverage. Read more»

A 14-page document released in an online space favored by neo-Nazis who aspire to accelerate the downfall of the United States government included a guide on how to attack substations.

In the wake of attacks on substations across the nation, a bill at the Arizona Legislature would increase penalties for those who damage utility infrastructure or trespass on utility property in an attempt to create a “deterrent” for similar attacks. Read more»

Arizona Republicans spent $205,000 or so on a three-day bus tour in the final days of the campaign, expenses that some Republicans say came at the cost of losing close races.

Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward and her team spent more than $530,000 on what one GOP consultant said were “vanity projects” designed to boost her ego instead of winning races on an election that ultimately ended in disaster for Republicans in Arizona. Read more»

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