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The court did not provide a deadline for the government’s input so it is not clear when the justices will make a decision on if they will hear the challenges.

The Supreme Court asked the Biden administration to weigh in on a legal battle between conservative states and social media companies over content moderation laws that sprang up after former President Donald Trump's ban from Twitter and suspension from Facebook. Read more»

You can’t convince people you’re a Christian or love the messages of Jesus when you’re hurting the most vulnerable for a political stunt. Read more»

Arizona’s election workers received more than twice as many ballots on Election Day as they had in the previous four days combined. They weren’t able to start processing those ballots until after polls had closed.

Social media posts falsely claim Florida counted all of its votes on Election Day and states that took longer committed “voter fraud,” but Florida election officials start counting ballots before Election Day, and most states don’t allow vote counting to begin until polls close. Read more»

Maricopa County has made its signature verification process more rigorous, after getting concerns after 2020’s election that it was done too quickly.

Two main differences explain why Florida posted the majority of election results by the end of Election Night and Arizona didn't: Florida didn’t have an avalanche of mail ballots on Election Day and Florida counties has in-house scanners that process the ballot envelopes. Read more»

A bus that carried migrants from the border to Washington, D.C., idles two blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Texas state-sponsored buses arrive without notice or coordination and migrants often are hungry or sick. Arizona buses, by contrast, serve food and carry medical professionals to help migrants on the way. Only about 60 people a week use buses provided by Arizona to reach areas near Washington, D.C.

Despite some Republican governors using migrant buses to try to embarrass Democrats, transportation for migrants from border areas to places where they can find shelter may be an important part of handling an unprecedented crush of asylum seekers. Read more»

Florida’s attorney general asked the Supreme Court to settle a controversial legal battle playing out across the country as states attempt to regulate how social media companies moderate content on their sites. Read more»

The FBI has raided Mar-a-Lago. We learned this from Trump himself who made a very whiny post about it on his joke of a social media platform, Truth Social. He’s partly upset the FBI didn’t give him, a guy with a habit of flushing evidence, advance notice of their raid. Read more»

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots.

The chairs of two U.S. House committees said Thursday they are asking election officials from Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas to detail what they are doing to “counter lies and conspiracy theories and protect the integrity of federal elections.” Read more»

Shutting down schools and going to remote learning was the right thing to do in 2020 and parts of 2021, but it had a damaging effect on our children. Read more»

Abortion rights advocates demonstrate in St. Paul, where speakers warned that Minnesota likely will pursue a restrictive abortion law similar to the one in Texas.

The Texas anti-abortion law that incentivizes ordinary people to file lawsuits against health care providers has human rights advocates and legal experts worried that the legal maneuver will spread to other states—and other social issues. Read more»

Public health experts are voicing concern about the pullback of COVID information from state government websites, as states including Georgia and Florida have cut back their public case reporting despite the nation being engulfed in a fourth, Delta-driven COVID surge. Read more»

With COVID hospitalizations soaring in Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis has pushed to open nearly two dozen state-sponsored sites where patients at risk of serious illness can access monoclonal antibody treatment.

Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas are among leaders touting experimental antibody treatments known as monoclonal antibody therapy, as they downplay vaccination and other measures that health officials say can prevent illness in the first place. Read more»

Predictably, views on masking and vaccination split consistently along party lines, with Democratic parents generally supporting them and Republicans much more resistant.

As the Delta variant spread threatens the safety of classrooms, a poll found nearly two-thirds of parents support schools’ requiring unvaccinated students and teachers to wear masks, but a majority of parents oppose requiring students now eligible for a COVID vaccine to get one. Read more»

Until 1975, Arizona still required literacy tests to vote as a way to suppress Indigenous and Latino votes.

State Democratic legislators from Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida outlined their efforts to protect voting rights and expand them in their Republican-controlled state legislatures, as nearly 400 bills with restrictive voting provisions have been introduced in 48 states. Read more»

A federal court said Tucson’s system of electing city officials, an “unusual” hybrid of ward-based and at-large voting, unconstitutionally violated the one-person, one-vote principle.

Arizona was identified by Democrats Monday as one of six battleground states for this fall’s election, a status that state lawmakers said has been 10 years in the making. Read more»

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