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Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni clung to a narrow lead Tuesday over embattled Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, in early returns in the race for Arizona’s 6th District seat in Congress.

Democratic challenger Hiral Tipirneni clung to a narrow lead Tuesday over embattled Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills, in early returns in the race for Arizona’s 6th District seat in Congress. Read more»

The traditional balloon drop at the close of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Campaign victory parties are rarely that elaborate, but this year they will barely be held at all, as COVID-19 makes large gatherings of party and campaign faithful all but impossible.

The post-election victory party – which can only really be a victory for half of those throwing them, after all – has become another victim of COVID-19. Read more»

The 2020 Census is almost in the books, with the Census Bureau announcing this week that it will end enumeration Oct. 15 with 99.9% of households counted.

Arizona advocacy groups mounted an “all hands on deck” push to boost last-minute census response rates after the Census Bureau announced plans to end the 2020 census count Thursday, two weeks earlier than expected. Read more»

Ordered a week ago to continue counting until Oct. 31, to ensure an accurate census, the Census Bureau instead said it would end operations Monday. The judge who issued the original order stepped back in Thursday, again ordering an Oct. 31 end date and threatening sanctions and contempt if the agency did not comply.

A federal judge reiterated her order Thursday that the Census Bureau continue its count until Oct. 31, saying plans to end earlier were “erroneous … unlawful” and they undermined the credibility of the count. Read more»

President Donald Trump, shown here in a file photo from July, raised eyebrows – and concerns – with his remark in Tuesday’s debate that violent right-wing groups should “stand by.” He later tried say the problem is the left-wing groups, and accused former Vice President Joe Biden of refusing to endorse law and order during the debate.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday defended his debate comments on the right-wing extremists known as the Proud Boys, but reaction from officials in Arizona ranged from dismissal to dismay. Read more»

File photo.

Almost every Senate Democrat, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, has come out against President Donald Trump’s plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying the nomination should wait until after the election. Read more»

A see-saw legal battle over the 2020 Census continued Friday, with the government pushing to end the count in just five days while local governments, including two Arizona tribes, hoped to extend it to Oct. 31. Read more»

Some mourners wore clothes honoring Ginsburg while others brought signs, flowers and memories of her impact on their lives.

Long lines formed outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday as admirers came to pay their final respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon whom one mourner called a “lion of equality.” Read more»

Arizona’s unemployment rate was almost cut in half last month, falling from 10.7% in July to 5.9% in August, the lowest number since the pandemic hit. While they welcomed the drop, some economists cautioned that the numbers may reflect a shrinking labor pool as much as a gain in jobs.

Arizona’s unemployment rate plummeted last month to almost pre-pandemic levels, falling from 10.7% in July to 5.9% in August, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more»

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, center, during a Senate hearing in 2019. Lewis on Thursday told a House committee that an accurate census count is vital to tribes, but that a Census Bureau plan to end counting early could threaten the count.

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis told a House panel Thursday that an accurate Census count could be a “matter of life and death” for tribal communities. Read more»

Experts say signs like this one could become more common this fall, as state and national moratoriums on evictions in the face of COVID-19 are lifted. Arizona already has one of the highest rates of housing losses in the nation, a new report says.

Arizona had the highest rate of “housing loss” in the nation, according to a new national study, and that was before what experts called a “tsunami of evictions” that is expected to hit this fall. Read more»

A Census Bureau plan to move up the deadline to end “enumeration,” the process of counting U.S. residents, from Oct. 31 to Sept. 30 was put on hold by a federal judge. Critics, including the Navajo and Gila River tribes, had sued to block the move, which they said would lead to an undercount, particularly for minority communities.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Census Bureau plan to end its counting a month earlier than planned, ruling in a suit joined last week by the Navajo Nation and Gila River Indian Community. Read more»