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Precinct committeeman bill on hold while Arizona Republicans seek Dem votes

A pair of bills that would restore elections for precinct committeemen, who are the voting members of a political party’s legislative district-level organizations, face an uncertain fate amid Democratic opposition after lawmakers rushed the bill that eliminated PC elections for 2022.... Read more»

Arizona House Speaker casts doubt on plan to break up Maricopa County

A proposal to split up Maricopa County got unanimous Republican backing in a House of Representatives committee, but doesn’t have the support of the most important GOP vote in the chamber — House Speaker Rusty Bowers. ... Read more»

Obituary

'Stalwart' former legislator Olivia Cajero Bedford dies at 83

Olivia Cajero Bedford, a former lawmaker from Southern Arizona who served for nearly 20 years, has died. Cajero Bedford followed her parents into the Legislature, with terms in both the state House and Senate.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hernandez: Health insurance subsidies must be a top priority in Congress

We must do everything we can to make health care accessible and affordable. I urge my U.S. senators — Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema — to understand how crucial it is for Congress to protect federal insurance subsidies for millions of Americans before they expire next year. — State Rep. Alma Hernandez... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Hernandez: Congress should fund new Civilian Climate Corps

As Congress debates bold investments in conservation and infrastructure, they can tackle these challenges by replicating the successes of the Depression-era CCC to benefit a new generation. A well-funded Civilian Climate Corps will put young Arizonans to work serving their communities, boosting our economy and taking action to curb the climate crisis.... Read more»

Arizona state lawmakers in D.C. lobby for voting rights legislation, end of filibuster

Arizona Democratic lawmakers traveled to the nation’s capital this week to lobby members of Congress to pass voting and election reform legislation and end the Senate filibuster, which has prevented important reforms to Democrats from passing with a simple majority. ... Read more»

Az students will learn about the Holocaust, other genocides, under new law

Arizona schools will be required to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides twice in a six-year span under a new law, and advocates "hope that the young people will learn what hate can lead to.” ... Read more»

Man arrested in antisemitic vandalism of Tucson synagogue

Nathan Beaver, 30, was charged with aggravated criminal damage for allegedly vandalizing a Tucson synagogue earlier this month, when a large Nazi swastika was painted on an outside door, along with an ethnic slur for Jews. ... Read more»

Tucson synagogue vandalized with swastika, antisemitic slur

A rabbi heading to teach a Torah class found Nazi graffiti painted on a side door of the Chabad on River synagogue. "We've had break-ins before, but we've never had any kind of antisemitism here," said Ram Bigelman.... Read more»

Controversial definition of anti-Semitism set for full Arizona Senate vote

A strike-everything amendment turned House Bill 2282 from a small business grant bill into legislation that would require a controversial definition of anti-Semitism when teaching about the Holocaust in Arizona schools, raising concerns about people’s First Amendment rights to criticize government and academic freedom.... Read more»

As survivors pass on, more Holocaust education could be headed to Arizona classrooms

Arizona students haven’t been properly taught about the Holocaust in recent years, according to a recent poll. Among Arizona millennials surveyed in March 2020, 42% could not name a single concentration camp the Nazis built to detain and exterminate Jews and others deemed undesirable. ... Read more»

Conover wins Pima County Attorney race, Heinz ousts Valadez from Supes seat

In key Pima County races, Laura Conover won county attorney election with 57%, while Matt Heinz beat out incumbent Supervisor Ramon Valadez in the Democratic primary in District 2.... Read more»

Hernandez bill to define anti-Semitism passes state House; ACLU opposes measure

A bill from a Tucson Democratic legislator that would incorporate a definition of anti-Semitism into Arizona law has sparked opposition from critics who say it would criminalize speech protected by the First Amendment.... Read more»

Az House Democrats: ‘Offensive and wrong’ to assume we won’t be unified

Responding to a column this week, every Democrat in the Arizona House of Representatives pledged to vote for one of their own to lead the chamber if Democrats take control of the legislative chamber in this year's elections.... Read more»

Monday musings: Analysis

Will Dems win in 2020 only to see GOP control Az Leg in 2021?

Some deep blue Dems in the Legislature are being recruited to defect and vote for a Republican state House speaker, including Alma and Daniel Hernandez of Tucson. Plus: the 2020 presidential race all comes down to Wisconsin and Arizona.... Read more»1

El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»