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A top Ducey aide raised nearly $13k from lobbyists whose cash he promised to shun

Matt Gress, budget director for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, received 24 separate contributions from lobbyists totaling nearly $13,000 - after promising not to accept any contributions from lobbyists during the legislative session.... Read more»1

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¡Americano! Musical con debut fuera de Broadway inspirado por un 'dreamer' de Phoenix

La historia de Tony Valdovinos se cuenta en el musical “¡Americano!”, creado para Phoenix Theatre Company en 2020 para inspirar a otros jóvenes Dreamers y ahora es el primer musical original de Arizona que debuta fuera de Broadway.... Read more»

Arizona Dreamer’s journey depicted in ‘¡Americano!’, a musical debuting off-Broadway

The story of Tony Valdovinos is told in the musical “¡Americano!”, created for the Phoenix Theater Company in 2020 to inspire other young Dreamers and now is the first original Arizona musical to debut off-Broadway. ... Read more»

They promised quick and easy PPP loans, but often only delivered hassle and heartache

More than a million government-approved Paycheck Protection Program loans ended up being canceled by the Small Business Administration, including some that would have gone to people who needed the loans and applied just as they were told. ... Read more»

Crímenes de odio en Arizona alcanzan su nivel más alto desde el 9/11

Los crímenes de odio en Arizona en 2020 fueron los más altos reportados desde 2001 desde ataques del 11 de septiembre, según nuevas estadísticas del FBI. Expertos dicen que probablemente muchos más crímenes de odio no fueron denunciados. ... Read more»

Arizona hate crimes hit their highest level since 9/11, and it’s likely an undercount

Hate crimes in Arizona in 2020 were the highest reported since 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, according to new FBI statistics, but advocates and experts say many more hate crimes mostly likely were unreported. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

'Driving While Brown' and Arizona’s 'Latino resistance'

The trouble with recounting the drama surrounding Arizona’s decades-long cultural and political clashes over immigration is there have been so many villains and heroes it’s hard to know where to start - so find two people whose personal experiences virtually tell the story for you.... Read more»

Does controversial partnership between Barstool Sports, Arizona Bowl suggest attempt at image change?

The surprise announcement of a partnership between the Tucson-based Arizona Bowl and Barstool Sports sheds light on the divisiveness triggered by the media company, but also its increasing attempts to change its image. ... Read more»

Filling in the vaccination gaps in Arizona's hard-hit Latino communities

Across Arizona, only 13% of vaccinations have gone to Latinos, a group that accounts for 36% of confirmed cases, 31% of total deaths, and 32% of the population in the state, according to an April 14 analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.... Read more»

Democrats pass independents, can’t overtake GOP in voter registration drive

Arizona Democrats registered more new voters in the last election cycle than any other party, moving ahead of independents in registration for the first time in 10 years – but still failed to overtake Republicans in total number of registered voters.... Read more»

Groups mount 'all hands' push to count people with Census cut short

Arizona advocacy groups mounted an “all hands on deck” push to boost last-minute census response rates after the Census Bureau announced plans to end the 2020 census count Thursday, two weeks earlier than expected.... Read more»

Supreme Court’s ruling on Census end a ‘bitter pill’ for tribes

The Supreme Court Tuesday said the Census Bureau can stop its count of the population, a blow to tribal leaders and local advocates for underrepresented communities in Arizona who said they would be hit hardest by an undercount.... Read more»

Activists rush to register new voters after judge extends Arizona deadline

Arizona nonprofits are working “nonstop” to register voters before opponents can overturn a federal judge’s ruling that extended the state’s voter registration deadline from Monday to Oct. 23.... Read more»

Trump visits border for second time since June; Democrats blast visit

President Donald Trump was in Yuma Tuesday for the second time in as many months to inspect construction of the border wall that he said has “closed up the border,” reducing the flow of drugs and migrants.... Read more»

Community groups launch COVID relief fund for undocumented families

When Gov. Doug Ducey was asked during an April 2 town hall event what message he had for the state’s undocumented community, who are left without access to state and federal economic relief programs to assist people during the COVID-19 crisis, the Republican leader provided no comfort or reassurance.... Read more»

Pro-refugee resolution passes Arizona Senate after push from local activists

The Arizona Senate unanimously passed a pro-refugee resolution expressing gratitude for refugee contributions within the state. It’s waiting on a vote by the House.... Read more»

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