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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced plans Monday to expand a "strike force" of state police to combat drug trafficking along the Arizona-Mexico border during a field hearing of a U.S. Senate committee in Phoenix. Read more»

Supporters of a new law that will allow state officials to conduct unannounced inspections of abortion clinics say it will hold abortion providers to standards that already apply to other health care facilities. Read more»

Donna Leone Hamm, left, a retired lower court judge and founder of the nonprofit organization Middle Ground Prison Reform, sees voting as a bridge for felons to rejoin society. Her husband, James J. Hamm, who served time in Arizona for a drug-related homicide, received his absolute discharge in 2001 and registered to vote the same day.

Saying that voting can help former felons reintegrate into everyday life, a state lawmaker wants to make it easier for them to get back that right. “I think that people that have served their time and paid their debt to society that it’s important for them to get their most fundamental right – constitutional right – the right to vote, to get it back,” said Rep. Martín J. Quezada, D-Phoenix. Read more» 2

Randy Parraz with Citizens for a Better Arizona speaks Tuesday at a news conference criticizing three GOP bills on elections. He noted that last year his group collected over 4,000 ballots, many of them from Latino voters, and turned them in at polling places, something that would be a felony under SB 1003.

A Democratic lawmaker is calling upon the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor three election-related bills being considered by the Legislature. Read more» 1

In testimony to a House committee in July, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended her department’s policy to exercise 'discretion' when deciding whether to deport younger, low-risk undocumented immigrants.

Only 14,069 of the estimated 80,000 Arizonans eligible for deferred deportation had applied for the federal program through its first six months, a rate much lower than the nation as a whole. Read more» 1

Jean Salazar, a convicted felon, won't be able to vote for the foreseeable future under Arizona law, which requires felons to complete their sentences and finish paying restitution before petition to have their voting rights restored.

200,000 felons in Arizona, half of whom aren't in prison, aren't eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 election, according to a group that advocates for prison and sentencing reform. Read more» 1

Brewer outside the U.S. Supreme Court in April.

Democratic legislators criticized Gov. Brewer's move to deny drivers licenses to young illegal immigrants granted relief from deportation in a Thursday press release. "The governor is using her elected position to grandstand at the expense of finding real solutions to the issues our state is facing." Read more» 1

Brewer outside the U.S. Supreme Court in April.

Gov. Jan Brewer issued an executive order Wednesday, denying drivers licenses and other benefits to illegal immigrants who receive "deferred action" status. But "it actually is no different than what was already in place," she said at a press conference. Read more» 1

Volunteer Marissa Galindo will visit about 50 homes in an afternoon. The volunteers go to areas with high Latino populations that have low voter turnout.

A recent court ruling could confuse state voters: If they register to vote using a federal form, they don't have to show proof of citizenship, but if they register using a state form, they do. Read more» 3

Groups opposed to Arizona’s SB 1070 said Monday they have set aside millions of dollars to continue fighting the law, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision on the immigration law. Read more»