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New sheriff to close Arpaio's 'Tent City' jail

A controversial outdoor tent jail in Arizona that became one of the signature tough-on-crime projects of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will be shut down, his replacement for the job said Tuesday. “Tent City”, long branded inhumane by civil rights groups, was no longer needed, new Sheriff Paul Penzone said. ... Read more»

Advocates, Arizona settle federal lawsuit over SB1070

Advocates and Arizona officials have agreed to restrict the remaining parts of Arizona's controversial anti-illegal immigration law SB 1070, ending a lawsuit that began in 2010. Police officers cannot prolong a stop solely to conduct immigration checks and cannot use race or ethnicity as a basis to suspect that someone is in the country without authorization. ... Read more»1

Ducey asks feds to fund state border 'strike force'

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»

Law will allow state to inspect abortion clinics without warrants

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»

Bill would make it easier for felons to restore right to vote

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

Az Democratic senator wants feds to monitor three GOP election bills

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

Few Arizonans applying for deferred deportation program

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

Group: Az bars 200,000 felons from voting

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

Az Dems: Brewer 'grandstanding' on deferred action

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 bars benefits, licenses for illegal immigrants

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

Arizona and feds clash over voter registration

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

Opponents have millions set aside to continue fight against SB 1070

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»