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Firefighters prepare for a challenging fire season due to COVID-19

As if fighting fires wasn’t dangerous enough, firefighters now have to worry about COVID-19 while they’re on the job, making for what fire officials say will be the “most challenging season we’re going to have.” ... Read more»0

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No pressing the flesh, but candidates learn to campaign under COVID-19

Candidates across Arizona and the nation have suspended rallies and in-person canvassing, and have their campaign staffers work from home because of the coronavirus. In addition to the challenge reaching voters, COVID-19 brings competition for financial donations and media attention.... Read more»0

Despite funds, lawmakers say tribes still shortchanged in COVID-19 aid

Native American tribes have been severely hit by the coronavirus but have received only a fraction of the help they need from the federal government, said lawmakers, who called the impact on businesses and health on reservations “particularly worrisome.” ... Read more»0

Coronavirus relief payments begin landing in Arizonans’ bank accounts

Thousands of dollars started arriving in Arizonans’ bank accounts this week as the first payments from the massive coronavirus relief package began to be distributed in the form of expanded unemployment benefits and direct stimulus payments. ... Read more»0

Sanders drops out, but Arizona supporters say they are still in the fight

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 Democratic presidential bid Wednesday, but his Arizona supporters said they will still push his message of Medicare for all, eliminating student debt and raising the minimum wage.... Read more»0

Rx for a feud: Ducey CV-19 treatment order splits health officials

While President Trump touts an anti-malarial drug as a possible coronavirus treatment, Gov. Doug Ducey is allowing its use in limited circumstances in Arizona – dividing advocates over whether he’s gone too far or not far enough.... Read more»0

Tucson barbers, salons open, despite city order closing other businesses

When Tucson Mayor Regina Romero ordered nonessential businesses in the city to close Saturday in an effort to halt coronavirus, she could only urge barbershops and nail salons to go along. That’s because those businesses were declared “essential services” last week by Gov. Doug Ducey, a designation that will continue under the statewide “stay-home” directive he issued Monday.... Read more»0

Lawmakers adapt to teleworking as coronavirus continues to spread

Constituents with concerns about the stimulus bill working its way through Congress this week can still share their opinions with their representatives in Washington – even though their representatives may not actually be in Washington. ... Read more»0

Ballot zombies: Early voters’ choices made moot by Democratic shakeup

The steady increase in early voting, combined with an unusually high number of Democrats jumping in and out of a crowded presidential primary, has created a situation where many Arizona voters will see their votes counted – but not count toward the final outcome. ... Read more»0

Endorse check: Value of Arizona endorsements mixed in presidential race

Arizona lawmakers have been busy offering endorsements to candidates in hopes of having an impact in the state’s presidential primary.... Read more»0

Supreme Court refuses to hear Arizona challenge to California tax law

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Arizona’s challenge to California’s “extraordinarily aggressive” application of a tax against thousands of out-of-state companies, including as many as 13,000 in Arizona. ... Read more»0

FEC filings show Arizonans favor Trump, Sanders with campaign dollars

Arizona’s presidential preference primary is still almost a month away, but voters are already making their preferences known with their wallets.... Read more»0

‘What’s old is new again': Advocates say tribal voting hurdles remain

Voting barriers for Native Americans have always existed, but polling cutbacks, discriminatory voter ID laws and lack of funding for elections are making things worse, advocates told a House panel Tuesday. ... Read more»0

Indian Congress president: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’

Despite some “encouraging developments,” threats to tribal sovereignty still come “from every branch and every corner of federal and state governments,” the president of the National Congress of American Indians said Monday. ... Read more»0

State of disunion: Az lawmakers react to Trump speech at tense time

For more than an hour Tuesday, President Trump talked about a “Great American Comeback” that has occurred under his administration in a State of the Union address that Democrats said instead described “a parallel universe.”... Read more»0

Guesting game: Lawmakers send messages with State of the Union guests

Arizona lawmakers appear to understand that their guests can bring along attention, with many bringing guests to President Trump’s State of the Union to highlight issues ranging from health care to immigration and border security.... Read more»0

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