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President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act on Aug. 16, 2022. He was flanked (from L to R) by Sens. Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer and Reps. Jim Clyburn, Frank Pallone and Kathy Castor.

The Inflation Reduction Act - signed into law this month - authorizes more than $700 billion in funding and addresses policies related to climate change, energy, taxes and health care costs - providing funding to help tribal communities plan for and adapt to climate change. Read more»

The U.S. Senate won’t vote on legislation to secure marriage equality for millions of Americans until after the midterm elections after a drive to get at least 10 GOP senators to support the bill appears to have fallen short. Read more»

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

Oro Valley Republican Representative and candidate for Secretary of State Mark Finchem is being criticized for his continued use of an antisemitic trope connected to a QAnon conspiracy theory in an attack on his Democratic opponent Adrian Fontes. Read more»

Voters and poll workers in the Cook County Jail in Chicago, Illinois, at the jail's new voting precinct during the March 2020 primary.

Each election cycle, thousands of eligible voters are effectively disenfranchised because they sit in a jail cell - many there simply because they can’t afford bail - yet people in jail face significant, sometimes insurmountable obstacles to registering to vote and accessing a ballot. Read more»

Family get-togethers can be contentious, and what were once civil conversations can rapidly escalate into heated debates unless you avoid “explosive topics” like current political, social, and religious issues - but a few tips can help turn ho-hum conversation into honest discussion. Read more»

The U.S. Supreme Court indicated that it would take up a case in North Carolina challenging the authority of their state's Supreme Court to reject the congressional redistricting map - potentially giving state legislatures near-total control over the drawing of congressional districts. Read more»

The physical, emotional, sexual and spiritual abuse of Indigenous children caused by the compulsory attendance mandate employed by the federal boarding school system has finally prompted an investigation by the Department of Interior - but there remain countless untold histories. 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»

Volunteers with Northeast Arizona Native Democrats talk with potential Native voters in Window Rock, Arizona, about the congressional and legislative map redistricting.

Arizona’s newly drawn congressional and legislative maps are officially in use this election cycle and still a cause of concern for advocates because they could dilute the voting power of Indigenous people in the 2022 midterm election. Read more»

Assistant Interior Secretary Bryan Newland, left, and National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp testify in support of a package of bills that would expand protections for tribal cultural, historic or sacred sites.

Tribal leaders urged federal lawmakers Wednesday to pass a package of bills that would protect Arizona and other cultural and sacred sites by creating a new tribal cultural areas designation and require Native input on any decisions on those lands. Read more»

Water levels at Lake Powell have dropped so low that natural wonders are starting to reappear, including Gregory Natural Bridge, which hasn’t been seen since the Colorado River reservoir was filled in the 1960s.

NASA satellite photos show how drastically the water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead have receded in just the past few years - demonstrating the severity of long-term drought and the challenges Arizona will face to conserve and enhance its precious water supply. Read more»

Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott at a March 2022 meeting of the Board of Supervisors.

Pima County Supervisor Rex Scott, who represents the Northwest Side, Oro Valley and Marana, will hold a series of town halls over the next two months, beginning next Wednesday. Read more»

Schools nationwide are considering switching to four-day-instructional weeks to help retain and attract teachers amid a national teacher shortage exacerbated by COVID-19 and battles over critical race theory, but low-income and special needs students are often the most affected. Read more»

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