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Pima County libraries accepting donations for Afghan refugees

The Pima County Public Library's "Welcome to America" team is partnering with the groupsTucson Afghan Community and the International Rescue Committee to collect items for Afghan refugees making Tucson their new home. ... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Proposed redistricting diminishes clout of Southern Arizona voters

If we don't take our time to get this right, the power of Southern Arizona will be unfairly diminished for the next decade, and our community won’t be ensured representation that reflects the values of our community and fights for our priorities. — Sami Hamed, Richard Estrada & Tony Zinman... Read more»1

U.S. halts resettlement of new refugees, prioritizes release of Afghan evacuees

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months.... Read more»

Afghan refugees in Tucson will require the simple but critical work of interpreters

Tucson resettlement programs are looking for interpreters to help hundreds of Pashto, Dari and Farsi-speaking refugees from Afghanistan expected to arrive here in the coming weeks. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Follow the bouncing stupid: California recall shows Republicans may out-dumb Dems in '22 midterms

The race to replace U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick will likely hinge on which party runs a dumber campaign. Watch for Dems and R's to keep handing each other their beer during the 2022 election in Arizona... Read more»

Arizona expects 1,600 Afghan evacuees to arrive through March

The federal government has notified Arizona that it should expect 1,610 Afghan evacuees to arrive through the end of March, according to the state Department of Economic Security. ... Read more»

Arizona communities prepare for arrival of Afghan refugees

State officials, Arizona refugee resettlement agencies and community groups are preparing for the arrival in the coming weeks of thousands of people evacuated last month from Afghanistan.... Read more»

Redistricting will always be contentious. Ask Arizona.

Redistricting maps — redrawn once every decade — help determine which party will hold political power. That means intense battles even in states, such as Arizona, that have taken steps to reduce politicians’ control over the results. ... Read more»

Flower shop owner replaces history teacher as Arizona redistricting panel finalist

The owner of a luxury floral boutique in Scottsdale will be the fifth finalist for independent chair of Arizona's next redistricting commission after a previous finalist withdrew from contention.... Read more»

Partisan groups laying the groundwork to shape Arizona redistricting

Partisan groups have been quietly preparing for the upcoming redistricting process, the first steps of which have just barely begun as hopeful applicants volunteer to serve on the next Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.... Read more»

138 apply for redistricting commission, including some notable names

One hundred thirty-eight people applied to serve on the next Independent Redistricting Commission, which will determine the boundaries of Arizona's congressional and legislative districts for the next decade.... Read more»

Census delay could affect 2021 redistricting

If Congress approves a delay in the Census due to the COVID-19 crisis, it could take longer for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to craft the next iteration of the state’s legislative and congressional maps.... Read more»

Monday musings: Analysis

Chill out and focus on turnout in 2020, Democrats

As Arizona’s Democratic presidential preference election early ballots are mailed to voters this week and other state primaries continue to roll out, Democratic activists are frenetic. ... Read more»

Advocates alarmed by reports administration may lower refugee cap again

Advocates reacted with alarm Tuesday to published reports that the Trump administration may again cut the number of refugees allowed in to the U.S., a move they said would endanger vulnerable people and tarnish the country’s standing.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

High Court nominee Kavanaugh will likely doom independent redistricting in Az

Justice Anthony Kennedy was the lone swing vote who saved democracy from the partisan lust of the Arizona Legislature. Trump's nominee Kavanaugh fits nicely in the Originalist Bloc that will swing the power to control elections back to Phoenix. ... Read more»1

Supreme Court to hear Arizona redistricting case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether Arizona’s redistricting commission illegally diluted the voting power of nearly two million Arizonans – specifically Republicans and non-minority voters – when the commission redrew the state’s legislative districts in 2011.... Read more»

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