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Nearly all abortions are banned in Arizona because of a law written in 1864 that a judge said last week is now in effect, after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. When the law was written, doctors didn't understand how pregnancies happened or that washing their hands saved their patients' lives.

The following is a timeline of important developments in obstetrics and birth control between when the law that bans virtually all abortions in Arizona originated in 1864 and 2022, along with a few important historical markers for context. Read more»

Beth Lewis, executive director of Save Our Schools Arizona, speaks during a news conference on the Capitol grounds on Sept. 23, 2022, after her group collected 141,714 signatures from voters who want to see the expansion of the state’s school voucher program put to a voter referendum.

Teachers and public school advocates on Friday submitted nearly 142,000 petition signatures to block the new universal school voucher program that was set to go into effect on Friday and let voters decide its fate in 2024. Read more»

Secretary of State candidates Mark Finchem, on the left, and Adrian Fontes, on the right, during a debate Thursday night, televised on Arizona PBS.

Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, continually dodged questions and spouted conspiracy theories in a televised debate Thursday night against his Democratic opponent, Adrian Fontes. Read more»

Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake.

Both Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and her Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs have released detailed education policy plans that would affect the more than 1.1 million children who attend public schools in Arizona. Read more»

It’s unclear what kind of abortion restrictions will become law in Arizona, as the state waits for a Pima County judge to rule on a 158-year-old abortion near-total abortion ban that Attorney General Mark Brnovich is attempting to reinstate.

Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake is again attacking her opponent Katie Hobbs, this time for Hobbs’ claim that Lake wants to criminalize a procedure that woman often need after a miscarriage. Read more»

A week before Election Day, the department had to fill 220 poll worker positions. County officials estimated that more than 500 temporary election workers quit at some point leading up to the election, and then their positions had to be filled.

Republicans are again criticizing elections officials in Maricopa County after learning that more Democrats than Republicans worked the polls in the August primary election - the most recent in a list of criticisms Republicans have hurled at the Maricopa County Elections Department. Read more»

Education advocates hold a sign during a press conference Sept. 15 as Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding, at the podium, calls out Republicans for failing to call a special session to lift the school Aggregate Expenditure Limit.

Arizona Democrats and public education advocates are urging Gov. Ducey and his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to keep their promise to lift the state’s annual school spending cap, allowing districts across the state to spend around $1.3 billion already allocated to them. Read more»

U.S. Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters at the University of Arizona during a college education roundtable on Aug. 12, 2022.

The Republican Party of Arizona is begging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to put his weight and his leadership committee’s wallet behind U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters - something McConnell has not, so far, publicly done. Read more»

Hobbs (left) and Lake

Democratic candidate for Arizona governor Katie Hobbs is being hammered by her opponent’s campaign - after she declined for the second time to participate in a televised debate with Republican Kari Lake - with the Lake campaign calling Hobbs a “chicken” for opting out. Read more»

Phoenix police in riot gear at a 2010 neo-Nazi rally in downtown Phoenix.

An Arizona law that would make it illegal to create video recordings of police in certain circumstances will not go into effect Sept. 24 as planned, after a federal judge temporarily blocked its enforcement. Read more»

Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake.

Democrat Katie Hobbs will not get her wish for separate televised town hall interviews of herself and fellow gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, Arizona's Clean Elections Commission decided Thursday. Read more»

Schools in Arizona could lose access to more than $1 billion lawmakers gave them this school year if the state doesn't take action to lift a 40-year-old spending limit placed on school districts. Read more»

RedForEd marchers as they move toward the Capitol in April 2018 as part of a protest over low teacher pay.

A new report shows that teachers in Arizona faced a 32% wage penalty in 2021 compared to college-educated workers employed in other fields - the fourth-largest teacher pay gap in the nation, behind only Colorado, Oklahoma and Virginia. Read more» 1