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Arizona will get $109.5 million from the federal infrastructure bill this year to improve water systems in the state – a fraction of the $1.4 billion list of needs state officials say they have. Read more»

Optometric care is one of the services – with chiropractic, podiatric and dental care – that a group of local health care centers say Arizona’s Medicaid agency has not reimbursed them for. They claim the law requires the services be covered.

A federal appeals court ordered a new hearing for Arizona community health care centers that claim the state’s Medicaid system is wrongly denying reimbursement for chiropractic, dental, optometric and podiatric care, reversing a lower court decision. Read more»

Driven in large part by COVID-19, life expectancy in the U.S. fell by 1.8 years in 2020, down from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77 years, the sharpest decline since World War II. Arizona’s drop was even steeper, falling from 78.8 to 76.3 years, one of the biggest declines in the nation.

Arizona life expectancy fell by 2.5 years in 2020, posting one of the steepest drops in a nation that saw the sharpest declines in lifespans since World War II, with COVID, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and overdoses playing a part. Read more»

A report the looked at lawmakers’ effectiveness – how many bills they introduced that were not merely ceremonial, and how far those bills got – said Arizona lawmakers did relatively well in the last Congress. The state’s House delegation was ranked 10th-most effective and its senators, both freshmen, ranked 14th.

Arizona lawmakers in the last Congress ranked relatively high on a recent scorecard of congressional effectiveness. Read more» 1

The fight over the 2020 election continues in Arizona, where state lawmakers this year filed the third-highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, according to a national survey. Four of the 23 voting restriction bills are given a shot at passing, while none of the 15 that would expand voting access is still alive at the Legislature winds down.

Arizona lawmakers, who began the year with one of the highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, are winding down a legislative session in which it appears only a few of those bills will survive. Read more»

More than 300 elections bills have been filed this year in state legislatures around the country, according to the Brennan Center, which said the 23 bills in Arizona was third-highest in the country. Supporters say the bills protect election integrity, but critics say they merely make it harder for voters, often voters of color, to cast a ballot.

Voting rights advocates and Arizona Democrats on Wednesday denounced a bill that would remove voters from the Permanent Early Voting List, calling it an attempt to disenfranchise up to 150,000 voters, particularly those of color. Read more»

Children with papers to get bread for their families at a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon in this 2013 photo. Refugee resettlements in the U.S. are at an all-time low, and President Joe Biden balked Friday at raising the cap, though he vowed to do so later.

Refugee advocates were “deeply disappointed and frustrated” by the Biden administration’s failure Friday to reverse historically low Trump-era refugee limits this year, something then-candidate Joe Biden had promised to do. The White House said Biden remains committed to raising the cap to 62,500, the number outlined in the administration’s budget request last week, but decided that goal is unrealistic for now, given the “decimated refugee admissions program we inherited” from the Trump administration. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords shakes hands with Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., after a news conference in which she joined Democratic lawmakers who called on Congress to pass a background checks bill.

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in a 2011 mass shooting, joined congressional Democrats Wednesday to call for Senate action on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, a House bill that would stiffen checks on gun buyers. Read more»

A woman and young girl wait to be processed by Customs and Border Protection officials after being apprehended at the southern border in March. The majority of migrants are still turned away at the border as a COVID-19 precaution.

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border surged in March to one of the highest monthly totals on record, and the almost 19,000 unaccompanied youth stopped there set a record, the latest data shows. Read more»

Latinos make up one-quarter of all registered voters in Arizona and their presence had an impact in the 2020 elections as the state shifted blue. One analyst credits early grassroots organizing for keeping Republicans from making inroads with Latino voters, as they did in parts of Florida and Texas.

Democrats looking to win the Latino vote should take their cues from Arizona, which was held up as a “shining example” of how it’s done by the author of an election post-mortem on the Latino vote. Nuestro PAC said months of advance grassroots work by organizations like LUCHA and Mi Familia Vota paved the way for an increase in Latino voting in Arizona, a historically red state where Democrat Joe Biden eked out a presidential victory by less than 11,000 votes. Read more»

Students line up on socially distanced dots painted on the sidewalk to wait to have their temperatures checked in this October file photo. New guidance from the CDC says students, particularly in younger grades, may only need to keep 3 feet apart to be COVID-safe.

Arizona school and health officials welcomed Friday’s announcement that COVID-safe social distancing for students can be reduced from 6 feet to 3, but they did not appear to be rushing to embrace the lower standard. Arizona Education Department spokesperson Richie Taylor said the revision came at an awkward time for Arizona schools, many of whom reopened this week or are preparing to do so after their spring breaks end Monday. Read more»

New citizens are sworn in during a ceremony at the Grand Canyon in this 2017 file photo. Two bills approved by the House would make it easier for undocumented residents to get citizenship and for undocumented farm workers to get permanent legal status.

The House passed a pair of bills Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for Dreamers and legal status to undocumented farm workers, potentially affecting millions in the U.S. and tens of thousands in Arizona. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent with an immigrant who was caught near Naco in August. Almost 400,000 migrants have been apprehended in the first five months of fiscal 2021, continuing a surge that began in April 2020, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas defended the Biden administration’s immigration policies Wednesday, but conceded the department faces “historic and unprecedented challenges” coping with a surge in migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors. Read more»

Customs and Border Protection officials in February process asylum seekers who had been waiting in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols. The 'remain in Mexico' program was one of the first Trump policies reversed by the Biden administration, but GOP critics charged Biden with going too far.

The White House had a message Wednesday for migrants who are flocking to the southern border in hopes of getting into the U.S. – “this is not an invitation, the border is not open.” The message came as part of a multi-point plan of aid, diplomacy and policy that a Biden administration official said aims to stem migration at the source by improving conditions in Central American countries through aid programs. Read more»

Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., in a 2019 file photo, would be the first Native American to run a Cabinet agency if her nomination to be Interior secretary is approved. It took one step in that direction Thursday, when her nomination squeaked through a Senate committee on an 11-9 vote.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted 11-9 to advance Rep. Debra Haaland’s nomination to be the next secretary of Interior, moving her one step closer to becoming the first Native American to head a Cabinet-level agency. The vote passed over the objections of Republicans who said her “radical views” are “squarely at odds with the mission of the Department of the Interior and outside of the mainstream.” Read more»

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