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Players the same, but district numbers shuffled in Arizona House redistricting

Seven Arizona House districts were numbered differently during this year’s congressional redistricting, even though the districts themselves stayed in mostly the same place on a map - changes that will show up for most voters during the Aug. 2 primary.... Read more»1

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Surge in congenital syphilis gives Arizona second-worst rate in U.S.

Congenital syphilis cases in Arizona rose more than sevenfold from 2016 to 2020, pushing the state from the sixth- to second-worst in the nation in that time, a rise that far outstripped the rise in congenital syphilis cases nationally.... Read more»0

Group plans appeal in effort to keep Biggs, Gosar, Finchem off Arizona ballot

A voters’ advocacy group said it will appeal a Maricopa County judge’s decision to dismiss its lawsuit that sought to ban three GOP lawmakers from the ballot for their support of the Jan. 6 insurrection.... Read more»0

Court allows Jan. 6 suit vs. Georgia rep.; could thwart 3 Az members of Congress

A federal court said Georgia voters can press their claim that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s support for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol disqualifies her from the ballot, the same charge that has been filed against three Arizona lawmakers. ... Read more»0

Arizona Senate race nets $61.5 million; Kelly one of top U.S. fundraisers

Arizona Senate hopefuls had raised more than $61.5 million by March 31, led by Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz., whose almost $39 million in campaign contributions was the second-highest in the nation among Senate candidates this cycle. ... Read more»0

Credit crunch: Complaints about Arizona credit reports jumped in 2021, feds say

Arizonans went from filing 6,600 complaints with the CFPB in 2020 to filing nearly 8,000 the next year - almost half were complaints about what consumers called incorrect information on their credit reports and unsatisfactory responses by the credit reporting companies. ... Read more»0

Former University of Arizona athletes criticize NCAA over transgender swimmer

A group of former swimmers and divers from the University of Arizona wrote to the NCAA last week urging it to “protect our women athletes,” after a transgender woman won a national swimming title, the latest salvo in a national debate over transgender athletes.... Read more»0

Arizona ranks high on states with offensive place names eyed for change

With 67 locations that have the word “squaw” in their name, Arizona could be a primary target when federal officials meet with tribes to talk about possible new names for places that currently contain a slur against Native American women. ... Read more»0

Court refuses to order Arizona's Medicaid to pay for transgender teen’s surgery

A federal appeals court has refused to order Arizona’s Medicaid program to pay for the sex reassignment surgery of a transgender teen who claimed the state’s failure to do so amounted to sex discrimination. ... Read more»0

Life expectancy fell a 'shocking' 1.8 years in 2020; COVID not sole culprit

U.S. life expectancy fell by an “unprecedented and shocking” 1.8 years between 2019 and 2020, a dramatic drop that experts say can only partly be blamed on the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»0

Gates expresses ‘great concerns’ about future of Arizona election integrity

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates told a national panel Wednesday he has “great concerns about the future” of election integrity in Arizona, after threats following the 2020 election and as election deniers run for Secretary of State in 2022. ... Read more»0

Uranium mine near Grand Canyon permitted by court, despite mining ban

A federal court rejected claims by tribal and environmental groups and ruled Tuesday that the Pinyon Plain uranium mine near the Grand Canyon can operate, even though it sits on 1 million acres that the federal government has declared off-limits to new mining. ... Read more»0

Arizona, national traffic deaths jumped in 2021; state outpaced nation

Arizona traffic deaths rose 18.4% in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the year before, far outpacing the national 12% increase in the same period, according to the latest numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ... Read more»0

Despite gains, tribal nations seek more inclusion in national affairs

Tribal governments have “a foot in the door” with the federal government but they don’t yet have a seat at the table where decisions concerning them are being made, the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Monday. ... Read more»0

Arizona tribal official calls on Congress to fund 'critical' water infrastructure

Pascua Yaqui Chairman Peter Yucupicio told a House subcommittee Tuesday that tribes need more federal support to implement “critical” water infrastructure projects on their lands and called for increased engagement by the Army Corps of Engineers with tribes.... Read more»0

Despite lingering claims, election officials hope to put 2020 in the past

While bipartisan panel of election officials preferred to look forward to the 2022 general elections, other voting rights advocates said officials cannot afford to ignore the ongoing threat posed by election deniers.... Read more»0

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