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A sign in favor of Proposition 211, which voters passed overwhelmingly in November. The law, requiring new transparency in the sources of funding for political campaigns, is being hailed as a model for other states by advocates, criticized as a threat to free speech by opponents.

It could be months before the impact of Proposition 211 is seen in Arizona, but experts are already hailing the new law aimed at exposing “dark money” in politics as a model for the rest of the nation. Read more»

Arizona voters in November approved a pair of ballot measures that will make it harder for voters to approve ballot measures in the future, what some see as a reaction to sweeping propositions that were narrowly approved in the 2020 election.

Arizona voters this fall made it slightly tougher on themselves when it comes to passing laws at the ballot box, but they also sent a strong message to state legislators – keep your hands off voter initiatives. Read more»

Volunteers load carts with frozen goods, fruits and vegetables, baked goods, beverages and snacks at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix.

Arizona food banks head into the holiday season having to buy more food, at higher prices, for more clients, with fewer donations to help them pay for it - and with lingering supply chain issues, when they can get food at all. Read more»

This is not the first time critics of dark money have tried to pass a proposal requiring major funders of independent advertising campaigns to identify themselves and name their donors.

Proposition 211 - the “Voters Right to Know Act” - would would amend Arizona’s campaign finance law to publicize the millions in “dark money” spending on political ads by groups seeking to influence voters without having to identify themselves. Read more»

Currently, any ballot initiative can pass with a simple majority of 50% plus one vote.

When Arizona voters approved a measure in 2020 that would have increased school funding by raising income tax on higher earners, they did so by a 52-48% margin - now, Proposition 132 would require any initiative that raises taxes to get approved by at least 60% of voters to pass. Read more»

Fencing and signs like these near Dragoon, Arizona, aim to keep people away from some of the state’s estimated 100,000 abandoned mines. Minerals from such mines, many abandoned decades before environmental laws imposed clean-up requirements on mine owners, can leach out and pose a threat to nearby waterways.

Arizona could have as many as 100,000 abandoned mines, many leaching toxic minerals into the state’s waterways, and state environmental officials said cleanup has been hampered by the fear of litigation - but a proposed federal “good Samaritan” law could help address the issue. Read more»

In addition to basic medical services, access to medicine and STD and HIV/AIDS testing, Brigada Callejera de Apoyo a la Mujer Elisa Martinez provides condoms to sex workers. Brigada Callejera workers distribute them to sex workers at parks, bars and nightclubs in Tapachula, Mexico.

Nearly half the migrants who crossed Mexico’s southern border in 2021 were women - many who lack job opportunities and proper work permits - and some become sex workers because they consider it the only way to provide for themselves and their families. Read more»

Willem de Kooning’s 'Woman-Ochre' is on public display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles from June 7 through Aug. 28, 2022.

A Willem de Kooning painting stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art in 1985 almost ended up on a wall in a New Mexico vacation rental, but now it’s back in the public eye for the first time in nearly 37 years. Read more»

The Ninth Summit of the Americas opened Monday and runs through Friday in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Convention Center is hosting some of the summit events.

President Joe Biden previewed a new migration initiative during the opening of the Ninth Summit of the Americas, calling it a mutual commitment to orderly migration throughout the Western Hemisphere. Read more»