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The Phoenix metro area has been ranked the fifth-most ozone-polluted city in the United States, according to the most recent State of the Air report from the American Lung Association.

The Phoenix metro area is one of the most ozone-polluted cities in the U.S., according to the most recent State of the Air report from the American Lung Association - and the report emphasized people of color are especially affected by air pollution and the health issues it can cause. Read more»

Migrants wait to be processed for asylum in Nogales. Immigration has helped staunch urban population losses but fuels political battles.

Americans are moving to the South and Southwest and from cities to the suburbs in search of more space and homes they can afford - but immigration, which is starting to bounce back from pandemic lows, has helped mitigate population loss in major cities. Read more»

Lake during a campaign stop in Tucson.

Gov. Katie Hobbs and Secretary of State Adrian Fontes want the Arizona Supreme Court to sanction Kari Lake for peddling “frivolous conspiracy theories” in Arizona courts, while Lake keeps asking the court to reconsider her arguments that it has already dismissed. Read more»

Immediately after Election Day, county election officials began an internal investigation into the problems. The county has not yet released the results of this internal review.

Many of Maricopa County’s ballot printers were not able to handle the thickness and length of the county’s ballots, causing the printers’ failure across the county on Election Day, according to the results of an independent review released Monday. Read more»

Kari Lake at a 2022 campaign event in Tucson. Lake’s claim asserting widespread voter signature fraud may soon be heard by a trial court.

A Maricopa County judge may soon allow Kari Lake to attempt to prove one of the claims challenging her loss to Gov. Katie Hobbs: That bad actors forged signatures on tens of thousands of mail-in ballot envelopes, and the county failed to follow state law when approving them. Read more»

Maricopa County remained the fastest-growing county in the nation with a population over 4.5 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Maricopa County added 56,831 residents between July 2021 and June 2022, the largest population growth for a county in the nation, with an estimated 4.5 million residents last year - the second straight year the county led the nation in population growth. Read more»

Service Arizona, the state’s electronic system for updating a license, ID or home address, auto-checks the box that asks if the voter wants to update their voter registration in order to comply with federal law. A voter who does not want to do that must uncheck the box.

It was an alarming claim that didn’t take long to go viral: Maricopa County had incorrectly rejected a ballot from an Arizona veteran in the November election, disenfranchising him - but was a registered voter in Navajo County, and was not registered to vote in Maricopa County. Read more»

Kari Lake at a 2022 campaign event in Tucson.

The Arizona Supreme Court rejected six of the seven claims that failed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake made in her bid to have the court overturn her election loss and remanded the signature verification claim back to the trial court for reconsideration. Read more»

Although Lake had promised to seek an expedited review from the Supreme Court, her pleading does not ask for one. Barring that, the response from the state and county will not be due until April 3.

Kari Lake, the failed Republican candidate for governor, has asked the Arizona Supreme Court to review the decisions in her election contest case after the case was shot down by both the Maricopa County Superior Court and Arizona Court of Appeals. Read more»

Nearly 200 Rio Verde Foothills residents met Jan. 29 at Reigning Grace Ranch to discuss solutions to the community's water crisis.

Only a week after Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes confirmed its legality, an intergovernmental agreement that could give much-needed water to Rio Verde Foothills sits in the hands of Maricopa County. Read more»

Attorney General  Kris Mayes at a September election forum. Mayes criticized the Election Integrity Unit before taking office, but now plans to use the unit to protect voting rights.

Former AG Brnovich hid findings from the election fraud unit that debunked claims of widespread fraud in Arizona’s 2020 election, and Kris Mayes announced she will use the unit to combat voter suppression - leading to questions about whether the unit should exist at all. Read more»

Republican Sen. Ken Bennett stressed during his testimony the bipartisan roots of the bill, which is an idea long promoted by Democratic election activist John Brakey.

A Republican bill supported by Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes that would make ballot images a public record cleared its first hurdle Wednesday, despite concerns from Democrats about privacy issues. Read more»

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer and Secretary of State Adrian Fontes.

Democrat Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and Republican Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer discussed how to reform Arizona’s election system, amid rising backlash over its speed and accuracy — much of which has been spread by losing candidates. Read more»

Hamadeh’s challenge to the outcome of the midterm elections is not the only one courts are still hearing from nearly two months after the election ended as Kari Lake continues to seek an appeal for her own failed bid for the governor’s office.

Abe Hamadeh’s third attempt to challenge the election he lost should be thrown out of court for ignoring state law and failing — yet again — to provide any proof of his claims, attorneys for his Democratic opponent, Kris Mayes, said. Read more»

The Ninth Circuit intervened in December and ordered Conradson to be issued a press pass pending his and his employer’s appeal before the court.

The Ninth Circuit seems likely to reverse a federal judge’s denial of a restraining order that would eradicate part of Maricopa County’s journalist-vetting criteria - used to bar Jordan Conradson a press pass granting access to voting centers during the November 2022 election. Read more»

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