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Cultivation and production of cannabis as a crop are not about to rival the 5 C’s: cattle, cotton, copper, citrus and climate.

Sales of marijuana in Arizona soared to $1.6 billion in 2021, just one year after recreational pot was legalized in the state, making Arizona second only to California for retail sales that year. Read more»

Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs shakes hands with Gov. Doug Ducey Wednesday at a meeting in the governor’s office. Ducey congratulated Hobbs and said it is time for Arizonans to move forward 'no matter who we voted for,' an apparent rebuke to GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake, who has refused to concede.

Ignoring challenges and election critics, Arizona Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs pressed on toward a transition as aides laid out the incoming administration’s priorities and promised she will be “a governor for all Arizonans” - a message seconded by Gov. Doug Ducey. Read more»

After two decades of drought, parts of Lake Mead that were once under water have been exposed as the lake falls to historically low levels.

A trio of bills affecting water rights and infrastructure for Arizona tribes took a step closer to becoming law Wednesday, a move one official said his tribe has been waiting for since being forced onto the reservation. Read more»

Veterans from the Tohono O’odham Nation were just some of the Arizona tribes represented at the Veterans Day dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington. Native Americans serve in the military at a much higher rate than other groups.

Marchers who ranged from remaining Navajo Code Talkers of World War II to veterans of more recent wars dedicated the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., open since Veterans Day of 2020, though the pandemic delayed the dedication ceremonies. Read more»

Ruben Gallego during the watch party for Arizona Democrats at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel on Nov. 8, 2022.

Unofficial early returns Tuesday night showed leads for Democrats Ruben Gallego, Greg Stanton and Raúl Grijalva of the 3rd, 4th and 7th Congressional Districts, respectively, in bids to hold their party’s seat majority in the House of Representatives. Read more»

2020 election deniers – including the GOP nominees for statewide office – continue to make claims about that election and raise fears about this fall’s voting.

Despite earlier fears that voter intimidation and threats against officials would make it hard to find enough workers run the state’s elections this year, county recorders said they have not had too much difficulty filling those jobs. Read more»

A supporter signs a petition for an initiative to stall expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, but the petition drive fell well short of the signatures needed to get on the ballot. Critics of Proposition 129, which would limit ballot initiatives to a single topic, say it would make it even harder for voters to get issues on the ballot, among other concerns.

Proposition 129 would amend the Arizona Constitution to require any ballot initiative be limited to one subject, a move supporters say will make the process more accessible for voters and one critics see as another attempt to increase the Legislature’s power at the expense of voters. Read more»

A voter drops her ballot off last week at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents have been reported.

A federal judge could rule as early as Friday on a request to ban groups that have been monitoring Arizona ballot drop boxes, in response to voters who testified Wednesday to feeling intimidated as they cast their ballots. Read more»

Arizona voters made it harder for state lawmakers to change voter-approved ballot measures with the Voter Protection Act in 1998, but Proposition 128 on this fall’s ballot would make it easier for the Legislature to change voters’ actions.

Arizona voters approved the Voter Protection Act in 1998 with the goal of making it harder for state lawmakers to undo what citizens approve at the ballot box - but Prop 128 would make it easier for the Legislature to amend voter-approved measures that are found to have legal flaws. Read more»

Maricopa County officials have stepped up monitoring of ballot drop boxes after four more reports over the weekend of voters who felt intimidated by people watching and videotaping the sites.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said he plans to step up security at voting locations in the run-up to Election Day, following more reports of individuals – in some cases armed – filming and tailing voters at Arizona ballot drop boxes. Read more»

Deanna Daugherty drops her ballot off at the ballot drop box Thursday outside the Maricopa County Juvenile Court in Mesa, where two other voters reported being photographed and followed Monday by a group watching the box.

Election officials reacted swiftly to reported voter intimidation this week at a Mesa ballot drop box - referring the report to the Justice Department and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich - and reassured voters they are working with law enforcement to address such incidents. Read more»

Arizona veteran James Byram Price, in his cavalry hat, is reflected in the black marble wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where the names of 58,318 Americans who died in that war are etched.

30 Arizona veterans were in Washington last week as part of another Arizona Honor Flight, a charity that flies World War II, Vietnam and Korean War veterans to visit their respective memorials around the capital. Read more»

Officials from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado convened at the White House for a forum on the impact Biden administration programs are having on Western states. Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said that infusions of federal funding under recently passed bills have allowed her city to do projects it would not have been able to afford otherwise.

Arizona local, tribal and labor leaders were at the White House Friday to hear administration officials highlight the billions in recent federal funding - Arizona is set to get $1.9 billion in 2022 - that is coming to states for everything from roads to water to broadband. Read more»

Assistant Interior Secretary Bryan Newland, left, and National Congress of American Indians President Fawn Sharp testify in support of a package of bills that would expand protections for tribal cultural, historic or sacred sites.

Tribal leaders urged federal lawmakers Wednesday to pass a package of bills that would protect Arizona and other cultural and sacred sites by creating a new tribal cultural areas designation and require Native input on any decisions on those lands. Read more»

A sign marks the water line last year at Lake Mead, which has since fallen to historically low levels. That triggered a water conservation plan for states in the river basin, but Arizona officials complain that they have to bear too much of the burden while states like California are not being hit.

Faced with deep cuts to the water supply, and angry that other states are not doing their share, tribes and local governments in Arizona are increasingly talking about backing off earlier offers to give up some water. Read more»

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