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Arizona recently entered a tier 2A shortage due to the dwindling of the Colorado River, with a 21% reduction in Colorado River allocation going into effect at the start of this year, about 9% of the state’s total water usage.

Arizona is ranked No. 3 among the states for water efficiency and sustainability, but still has a lot of room for improvement, according to an analysis by The Alliance for Water Efficiency that ranks each state on conservation, sustainability and affordability. Read more»

Rep. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, speaks at a Jan. 9, 2023, press conference.

The Arizona Freedom Caucus, an offshoot of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Monday that it plans to sue Gov. Katie Hobbs for executive orders she issued in her first week on the job.  Read more»

"Barring a miracle from nature, it will likely get worse before it gets better. This should be a wake-up call for all of us, because it will take all of us to solve it." — Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs Read more»

Hobbs has already said that she only wants to see legislation come to her desk that has bipartisan support in the legislature, not the GOP-only provisions that were largely delivered to her predecessor, Gov. Doug Ducey.

GOP control of the most important levers of power at the Arizona Capitol ends Monday when Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs begins an administration that is certain to clash repeatedly with a Republican-majority legislature. Read more»

Republican Abe Hamadeh still lost the race for Arizona attorney general after recount deemed him a loser again.

So the recount in the 2022 Arizona attorney general's race is over and Democrat Kris Mayes won even though Pinal County's recounting of the votes cut her margin of victory in half. Read more»

Water pools in a streambed blocked by the container wall built by Arizona Gov Doug Ducey in November.

Federal officials are closing access to a section of the Coronado National Forest where Arizona officials installed hundreds of cargo containers in a failed attempt to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

Former U.S. Rep. Ron Barber walks through the January 8 memorial on the 11th anniversary of the shooting. Barber was wounded in the shooting, along with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 11 others, and six people were killed. The memorial, set next to the Pima County Courthouse, opened last year.

2022 often felt like one of the most violent years in recent memory, with many of our stories about the immediate and longterm consequences of crime, but there were also moments of genuine hope and beauty reflected in the Sentinel's coverage throughout the year. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that he has allocated $25 million in federal funds to the Department of Environmental Quality to partner them with Tucson Water in efforts to treat PFAS near the Tucson International Airport. Read more»

Kate Scott, the founder of the Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center, removes a sign on the container wall along the Coronado National Forest in Cochise County.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state will halt placing shipping containers along the Arizona-Mexico border, and begin removing hundreds of the 8,000-lb. steel boxes from federal lands by Jan. 4, according to a court document filed late Wednesday. Read more»

The napping elephant is the symbol of the Pima County Republican Party.

Any list of important democratic institutions must include the Republican Party. The party's failures in Pima County are adding an extra 20,000 votes to Democrats statewide and that's proving decisive. Read more»

An aerial view of the Douglas Port of Entry from 2011.

Arizona Gov Doug Ducey is allocating $8.9 million in federal funding to help build a new port of entry in Douglas, adding funds from the American Rescue Plan to develop wastewater and groundwater infrastructure. Read more»

Federal officials filed a lawsuit a Wednesday against Gov. Doug Ducey and other state officials, asking a federal judge to rule that the installation of cargo containers along two sections of the Arizona-Mexico border is an "unlawful trespasses," block the state from continuing to install the containers, and award damages to cover the costs of removing the 8,000-pound steel boxes. Read more»

Arizona Democratic Gov.-elect and current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs speaks prior to certifying the Arizona general election canvass in a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol on Dec. 5, 2022.

Secretary of State and Gov.-elect Katie Hobbs is taking several of the top leaders from the Secretary of State's Office with her to the governor's office, her campaign announced Friday. Read more»

One of the most glaring failures of the pandemic relief efforts in the state was the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s administration of COVID-19 unemployment insurance, which ended with $4.3 billion, or 37% of total claims, being distributed to fraudsters using stolen identities. 

The distribution of billions of dollars of federal COVID-19 relief funds in Arizona, like many other states, was marred by fraud, mismanagement and lack of oversight, according to a new report issued last week by the Arizona Auditor General.  Read more»

Arizona Democratic governor-elect and current Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, left, signs the official certification for the Arizona general election canvass as Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, right, looks on during a ceremony at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Dec. 5, 2022.

The state’s top officials on Monday certified the canvass of Arizona’s midterm election, after a dramatic runup to the certification in which one county had to be forced by court order to certify its own election results to send to the state.  Read more»

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