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Arizona voters want more federal action on environment, ASU poll says

Twenty-four hours after Tuesday’s election, the U.S. officially will exit the Paris Agreement, an effort by nearly 200 countries to reduce the threat of man-made climate change. This comes as Arizona voters are expressing a growing interest in climate change and environmental policy.... Read more»

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San Pedro River, squeezed by growing population, is subject of 2 lawsuits

The San Pedro rivers is the subject of lawsuits filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club and other conservation groups. Cronkite News looks at the health of the San Pedro, one of the few undammed rivers in the Southwest.... Read more»

Tenant unions prepare for wave of evictions after executive order expires

Tenant unions across the country have been emerging in reaction to the on-going housing crisis across the United States, and in the wake of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic have gained more attention.... Read more»

Only 5% of people seeking Az pandemic aid to avoid eviction have been helped

Arizona parents who pay child support have received hardly any of the state and federal unemployment aid that they are entitled to because the Arizona Department of Economic Security overcharged them for their child support obligation, according to the state agency.... Read more»

Navigating the eviction process amid COVID-19 proves tricky for all

Ducey's executive order didn't stop evictions, it just delayed them for certain people under certain circumstances.... Read more»

Analysis

A paint-by-number portrait of Arizona’s nebulous independent voter

There are still some researchers who believe there really is no such thing as “independent voters.” But independents are beginning to claim space in the mind of many numbers-savvy campaigns of Democrats and Republicans alike in Arizona.... Read more»1

Despite record turnout, millions of eligible Arizonans don't vote

More than 64 percent of Arizona’s registered voters cast ballots in the midterm election, but millions of eligible adults did not register or vote.... Read more»

Ms. Kirkpatrick & Mr. Stanton go to Washington.

Newly elected members of Congress Greg Stanton and Ann Kirkpatrick joined more than 80 other House members for orientation, as Democrats prepare to take control of the lower chamber for the first time in eight years.... Read more»

Trump plan to boost Western water by easing rules worries advocates

Trump's plan to streamline regulations on new water projects is too simple, too vague or a worthwhile move to ease burdens, depending on the source. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

1 million voters in primary a historic step forward

For the first time, more than 1 million Arizonans cast ballots in the primary election. That’s great news. But does the historic vote mean the so-called voter crisis is over?... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Few vote in primaries despite their impact

Only about one in five eligible voters cast ballots in Arizona primaries, despite the fact these races often serve as the decisive election for Congress and the Legislature. Independents, who often don't know they can participate in primaries, are dramatically unrepresented. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Register to vote now, to help Make America Boring Again

People who don't vote tend to be younger, and have lower incomes than those who do. Voters tend to be less Latino than non-voters. That's why elected officials feel free to ignore them. Change that: the voter registration deadline is July 30.... Read more»

Study: Arizona ranks 43 in voter turnout; minorities, youth & poor participate least

Voter participation is eroding across the U.S. and the situation in Arizona is a crisis, according to a study by ASU. The poor, minorities and young adults who would benefit the most by voting are the very groups that participate the least.... Read more»

Analysis

No link between teacher pay, district admin costs

Despite conservative "messaging" about the likely walkouts over Arizona's having among the worst teacher pay in the country, an analysis of spending data showed no correlation between per-district administration costs and how much teachers are paid.... Read more»

As teachers rally for higher pay, Az’s tax code exempts $13.5B from collection

If lawmakers and Gov. Ducey were inclined to find money for teachers, one place they could go looking is in the taxes that the state doesn't collect: Arizona allowed more than $13.5 billion in taxes to go uncollected in fiscal year 2017, thanks to a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits. ... Read more»

Low pay for Arizona teachers lowers morale, retention

Teacher salaries that are among the lowest in the nation drive down teacher morale and make retention difficult, Arizona education advocates say.... Read more»1

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