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Rey, 18, holds a sign declaring that drag performances are art, during a protest of recent anti-drag bills in the state legislature in Phoenix on Jan. 22, 2023.

Two anti-drag bills passed the state Senate with GOP support despite promises from Gov. Katie Hobbs of a future veto and ongoing threats of violence toward the drag community in Arizona. Read more»

'Unlike the left in America, we are not willing to remove the standards that are necessary to ensure free and fair elections,' Arizona Sen. Justine Wadsack, R-Tucson,  said Wednesday. 'But we also believe that voting should not be unnecessarily complicated. So why push towards this very complicated voting system?'

The Arizona Freedom Caucus wants to preemptively prohibit any use of ranked choice voting to decide city, state, county or federal elections, claiming "it disenfranchises voters and allows marginal candidates not supported by a majority of the voters to win elections.” Read more»

State Sen. Justine Wadsack speaking with the media at a press conference for the Arizona Freedom Caucus at the Arizona Capitol building in Phoenix, March 2.

Republican state Sen. Justine Wadsack has proposed a law based on claims that the State Bar told lawyers they would be disbarred if they took COVID-19 related court cases. But Wadsack wants you to take her word for it, as she refused to provide any evidence of those claims to lawmakers or to the Arizona Mirror. Read more»

There is a lot of misinformation about what it means to be transgender, and what it means for a family to have a transgender kid.

Some Arizona politicians have decided families with deep roots in the state are not welcome — simply because a family member is transgender. Read more»

A drag artist performs on the stage at Phoenix Pride Festival 2011. Photo by

Legislation that passed the Arizona Senate prohibits any entity that receives state funding from hosting a “drag show targeting minors” or risk forfeiting that money for three years, and bans school districts, cities and towns from using private money to pay for such a show. Read more»

A drag performer at the 2011 Phoenix Pride Festival. Sen. Justine Wadsack (R-Tucson) has a bill that could imprison this performer for up to 10 years.

GOP's Wadsack says her bill to imprison Arizona drag performers is about protecting children from "grooming." But the people actually sexualizing children are those who can't stop thinking and talking about kids and sex. Read more»

A person rests on the sidewalk on West Madison Street near the Phoenix Human Services Campus on March 1, 2023.

Under Arizona SB 1413, people living outside shelters would have their homes dismantled - the bill requires cities and towns to tear down homeless encampments and charge the person or people living there with trespassing if they’re on private property. Read more»

Drag performer Barbra Seville

"I’m bothered by the constant ‘othering’ of people in my community. Frankly, they’re looking for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist," said performer Barbra Seville of Arizona GOP efforts to criminalize drag shows. Read more»

Alice Walker’s 'The Color Purple' and Laura Esquivel’s 'Like Water for Chocolate' are among the books that could be prohibited under Arizona’s ban on sexually explicit materials in schools.

A bill in the Arizona Senate that aims to give parents more control over what books students read in school is unconstitutional, and critics say the bill’s language isn’t really aimed at protecting children but instead targets LGBTQ children directly. Read more»

Some steps toward book prohibition in Arizona schools have already been implemented.

Republican lawmakers say there’s no place for sexual books in schools, but critics of a law proposed in the Arizona Senate argue that the bill could lead to the marginalization of transgender and gender fluid students. Read more»

A drag artist performs on the stage at Phoenix Pride Festival 2011.

Drag artists who perform in front of children would be forced to register as sex offenders and face a minimum of 10 years in prison, under the latest measure Arizona Republican lawmakers have advanced in their vendetta against drag performers. Read more»

Tents are lined up in rows in 12-by-12 squares painted on the cracking asphalt ground roughly between Eighth and Ninth avenues from Madison to Jefferson streets in Phoenix on July 1, 2020.

Arizona lawmakers were told that a proposal to force cities to remove all homeless encampments and charge everyone living in them with trespassing was likely unconstitutional, but they nonetheless gave the measure a thumbs up. Read more»

Many Arizona schools don’t even have a nurse on site currently because of an ongoing shortage, and state law doesn’t require that schools have a nurse on staff at all.

Democratic legislators are working to bring free period products to Arizona public middle and high schools, but detractors say those products are already offered to students free of charge — if they go to the nurse’s office and ask for them, and the school has a nurse. Read more»

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne urged lawmakers to lift the cap, warning that an already dire teacher shortage would be worsened if schools are forced to lay off staff towards the end of the year. 

Lawmakers on Wednesday waived a school spending limit that would have forced schools to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets next month, amid vehement resistance from some Republicans. Read more»

Kern dismissed statistics that Arizona’s prison system is one of the fastest growing in the nation and that the state has one of the largest prison populations in the nation.

Fentanyl dealers linked to an overdose death could face the death penalty under an Arizona Republican proposal that critics say will also sweep up drug addicts and send them to death row. Read more»

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