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The Census Bureau's most recent report reveals a sobering reality: Arizona has the second highest poverty rate in the nation. Today, many Arizonans are experiencing need for the first time, and must seek assistance in ways they had never imagined. Increased demand for emergency food assistance is clear evidence of their plight. Read more»

A demonstrator at an anti-SB 1070 march in Phoenix, May 29.

Passions clash over the state's political landscape: Illegal immigration exploded like a bomb over Arizona and for much of the year laid waste to efforts to resolve other urgent state issues. Read more» 2

The Guardian newspaper of London reported this weekend on the uncertainty surrounding SB 1070, especially in Latino-populated areas, which are experiencing an exodus of residents and businesses. Read more»