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Latest Arizona redistricting changes bolster GOP chances

Republicans would fare well in the state’s next congressional map under a series of changes members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission proposed at Thursday's commission meeting after several hours of tense debate.... Read more»

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Arizona AG Brnovich amends vaccine mandate lawsuit to include Phoenix first responders

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich amended his lawsuit against the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, adding the Phoenix police and fire unions as co-plaintiffs while he and union officials on Monday argued that the mandate will worsen staff shortages. ... Read more»

Expanded Child Tax Credit program did a 'world of good,' Arizona politicians say

Advocates and Arizona government officials are praising the newly expanded Child Tax Credit, which has provided thousands of dollars to Arizona households, calling it “help when we need it the most.” ... Read more»

Mesa mayor joins state, local officials to kick off homelessness initiative

Mesa Mayor John Giles was one of a number of leaders from around the country who joined HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge to kick off House America, a new plan that will focus on creating more affordable housing and finding permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness.... Read more»

Justice Dep't probing Phoenix police over excessive force allegations

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened a civil rights investigation into the City of Phoenix and its police department, to review whether law enforcement officers there have engaged in a pattern of excessive force and discriminatory practices.... Read more»1

Romero, Phoenix mayor join White House push for infrastructure plan

Tucson Mayor Romero and Phoenix Mayor Gallego joined other mayors and governors at the White House on Wednesday to push for the Biden administration’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, a measure she has said is needed to reverse decades of “massive underinvestment.”... Read more»

Trees: The critical infrastructure low-income neighborhoods lack

Policymakers and advocates are aiming to correct decades of inequities in urban tree canopy in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color with efforts to create an equitable tree canopy and increase urban forestry efforts.... Read more»

Arizona mayors call for ‘continued and increased’ housing, transit funds

Government officials testified before the Senate committee on infrastructure needs, calling for “continued and increased” federal funding for affordable housing and public transit as Congress and the White House are wrangling over the Biden administration’s $2 trillion spending plan.... Read more»

Wear your mask despite Ducey’s order, COVID researchers advise

As Arizona cities debate whether to loosen or lift mask mandates, a leading health expert warned Wednesday that wearing masks in public is essential to prevent another wave of COVID-19 cases. ... Read more»

A place at the table: Latinas in Arizona strive for representation in politics

Latinos are a growing force in the nation’s political landscape, even as they lag in election to public office in Arizona and elsewhere. Hispanics account for the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority and more than half of the total U.S. population growth since 2010, with most of the increases in the Southwest. Hispanics make up nearly one-third of Arizona’s 7.3 million residents, although their last statewide representative was Raúl Castro, who was elected governor in 1974. That 46-year drought ended Jan. 4, when Anna Tovar and Lea Márquez Peterson were sworn in as Arizona Corporation Commissioners – Márquez Peterson as the chair – and became the first Latinas elected to statewide office in Arizona. ... Read more»

How university students & faculty are joining the race in COVID PPE innovation

As the coronavirus has claimed more than 443,000 lives in the U.S. alone, the call for more personal protective equipment becomes greater. Now, universities and their students are imagining ways to not only improve public attitudes toward masks but also the technology behind them.... Read more»

Ducey calls for $600 million in permanent income tax cuts

Gov. Doug Ducey will push to make $600 million income tax cuts, phased in over the next three years, and he wants those cuts to be broad-based so they will affect as many Arizonans as possible. However, history has shown that today’s surplus can quickly turn into a deficit, and that tax cuts that go into effect when revenues are strong can become a drag on the state’s budget when the economy goes south.... Read more»

Mayors again call for statewide mask mandate as Arizona COVID-19 cases surge

Democratic mayors from across the state urged Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday to implement a statewide mask mandate, as COVID-19 cases surged past 4,000 for a second straight day and state hospitals neared capacity in their intensive care units.... Read more»

No new restrictions as Ducey warns pandemic end is 'not on the horizon'

Gov. Doug Ducey will not enact a statewide mask mandate or other new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the state faces rising case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths from the disease amid a nationwide resurgence of the coronavirus.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Daddy Ducey had his chance to deal with COVID; It's time to call Mom

Arizona has positive trends only in the context of a hellscape. A stay-at-home order is still needed to save lives that can be saved. Ducey won't issue one because it's bad for business — but how do we have a good economy while living in one of the global hotspots of a pandemic? ... Read more»

Az mayors urge Ducey to impose statewide restrictions

A day after he imposed new restrictions to curb the steep increase in COVID-19 cases in the state, Gov. Doug Ducey was still coming under fire Friday for not doing enough.... Read more»

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