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Arizona Senate committee approves measure targeting transgender girls in school sports

Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a proposal to bar transgender student athletes from playing on women’s sports teams for Arizona high schools and colleges.... Read more»0

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Police: Sinema intentionally went into bathroom to dodge activists filming her at ASU

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema intentionally went into the bathroom at ASU on Oct. 3 to avoid meeting with a group of activists because she believed that recording someone inside a bathroom is a crime - now, one of the protestors could face deportation.... Read more»0

Arizona gets $5.6 million from feds to assist newly arrived Afghan families

The federal government has sent more than $5.6 million to Arizona to help care for families that arrived in the Grand Canyon State after fleeing Afghanistan in 2021 when the nation’s government collapsed in the wake of the U.S. military’s withdrawal.... Read more»0

Wave of legislative resignations means new faces at Arizona Capitol this year

In the barely six months since last year’s legislative session ended, there’s been a wave of resignations at the Arizona Legislature: three state senators, all Democrats, left their seats and nine House members are no longer in the lower chamber. ... Read more»1

Two proposals target Arizona trans youth in sports, medicine

Arizona medical professionals who perform gender-affirming surgery or provide hormonal treatment to transgender or gender nonconforming minors would face felony charges and prison time under a proposed law from northern Arizona legislator Sen. Wendy Rogers.... Read more»0

Arizona state Sen. Pehslakai resigns, headed for Dep't of Interior role

Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, chair of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus in the legislature, resigned from the Arizona state Senate to work with the Department of Interior on projects related to “all of the western United States”.... Read more»0

Income tax cut referendum qualifies for ballot, Arizona secretary of state says

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office announced that the referendum effort on Gov. Ducey’s tax cut package, signed into law earlier this year, gathered more than the 118,823 signatures needed to block the tax cuts from going into effect unless voters approve them next year. ... Read more»1

Arizona senator wants to cancel vote on in-state Dreamer tuition because GOP senators were in minority

Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition because not enough Republicans supported the proposal.... Read more»0

ASU students in viral multicultural space video demand school fight racism, protect students of color

Arizona State University students and community advocates are demanding university leaders do more to protect students of color after three student leaders of color have faced death threats following a viral confrontation with two white students. ... Read more»0

U.S. halts resettlement of new refugees, prioritizes release of Afghan evacuees

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months.... Read more»0

American borders reopen to tourists, but remain closed for migrants seeking asylum

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule.... Read more»0

COVID-19 vaccines for kids ages 5 to 11 could be ready as soon as next week

The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves. ... Read more»0

Business executives: Path to citizenship a tool to combat labor shortages

Time is running out for Senate Democrats to deliver millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship that their families nationwide have been clamoring for years, and business leaders in Arizona are emphasizing the economic benefits of a path to legalization. ... Read more»0

ASU Police asks prosecutors to charge 4 people for Sinema bathroom protest

The Arizona State University Police Department has asked county prosecutors to charge four people with misdemeanors after a protest against U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema interrupted a class she was teaching and ended with an activist following her into a bathroom.... Read more»0

Citizenship applications backlog doubles from 2015 to 2020

The backlog of applications for eligible immigrants to become U.S. citizens more than doubled between 2015 and 2020, according to a report from a Government Accountability Office that portrays U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as a strained and inefficient agency.... Read more»0

Arizona a key state in $32 million investment to turn out young voters

Young voters in Arizona will be the target of a $32 million campaign seeking to mobilize those ages 18 to 35 ahead of the 2022 election cycle as part of a program funded by NextGen America, a left-leaning advocacy group founded by billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. ... Read more»0

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