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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»

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»

The bill faced scrutiny from the state’s largest domestic violence advocacy organization, the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.

A Republican bill aimed at shielding Arizona domestic violence shelters from gender discrimination claims could run afoul of federal employment law and could also be a way to exclude transgender individuals. Read more»

A protester holds a sign in Phoenix on Dec. 14, 2020. A bill proposed in the state legislature could put a damper on residential protests in the future.

A Republican bill aimed at stopping protests outside of Arizona residential properties has some First Amendment advocates worried, but lawmakers say it is needed in the currently heated political environment.  Read more»

A bag of legitimate and counterfeit fentanyl-laced pills. During a two-month period in 2021, the Drug Enforcement Agency in Phoenix seized over 3 million fentanyl pills and 45 kilograms of fentanyl powder, and made 40 arrests. 

A bill that would establish manufacturing fentanyl around a minor younger than 12 as a dangerous crime, and, according to some, would decrease the amount in a person’s possession that could land them a charge for intent to sell, passed its first hurdle to become Arizona law. Read more»

In January 2020, the number of people experiencing homelessness in the state was nearly 11,000 and by Dec. 2021, the number was  estimated to have increased by nearly 30%, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security. 

A pair of bills proposed by Fountain Hills Republican John Kavanagh that would criminalize common activities for people experiencing homelessness had their first hearings in the Arizona Senate Wednesday, although their path to becoming law remains unclear. Read more»

Lawmakers heard from the heads of the Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Massage Therapy, Board of Optometry and the Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board as part of a regular review process on state agencies and boards.

Arizona state legislators last week grilled the heads of the state boards tasked with overseeing complaints from citizens after reports by the state auditor general revealed some major deficiencies. Read more»

Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, speaks at a Jan. 9, 2023, press conference.

The Arizona Freedom Caucus, an offshoot of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Monday that it plans to sue Gov. Katie Hobbs for executive orders she issued in her first week on the job.  Read more»

Mark Finchem has built a national profile as a key proponent of misinformation about the 2020 elections.

The testimony of Oro Valley Republican Mark Finchem to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection sheds gives new insight into a man who has been instrumental in misinformation around Arizona’s electoral process.  Read more»

Mark Finchem speaks during a rally as part of a last-minute bus tour stop in Tucson on Sunday, Nov. 6.

A Maricopa County judge rejected Mark Finchem’s attempt to overturn his election loss by more than 120,000 votes, ruling Friday that opened the door for possible sanctions against the Republican’s attorney.  Read more»

Republican state Rep. Mark Finchem speaking with attendees at rally for Donald Trump in Florence on Jan. 15, 2022.

In a filing riddled with errors and new evidence-free claims of forgery and election malfeasance, the attorney for failed GOP secretary of state candidate Mark Finchem says there are no grounds for a judge to dismiss the challenge to the election results without conducting a hearing on the claims. Read more»

Mark Finchem on Aug. 2, 2022, at an election night party for Kari Lake.

A lawsuit filed by Mark Finchem last week seeking to overturn his election loss in the secretary of state race will move forward without failed Republican congressional candidate Jeff Zink after an amended complaint was filed this week. Read more»

Armed vigilantes wearing tactical gear were captured by security cameras on Oct. 21, 2022, outside Maricopa County’s drop box in Mesa.

Attorneys representing Melody Jennings, known online as “TrumperMel,” told a federal court back in October that none of her volunteer drop box watchers to her knowledge had extremist ties, but an analysis of a database of her volunteers by the Arizona Mirror found that isn’t true. Read more»

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday that she was leaving the Democratic Party to become an independent. Here, she arrives at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on Feb. 1, 2022 in Washington D.C.

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema announced Friday morning that she was leaving the Democratic Party, a move that was not surprising to political observers and longtime former allies and foes of the senior senator who are now looking ahead to 2024.  Read more»

A pro-Trump mob rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Protecting elections and a backlash to the failed January 6 insurrection drove Republican and independent voters to split their tickets, giving Democrats in top races the support they needed to pull off unexpected victories, according to new polling data.  Read more»

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