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Gallego: Hating Latinos and immigrants ‘one and the same’

U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego said Latinos have become entangled in rising anti-immigrant hate over the past couple decades. The anti-immigrant movement merged with anti-Latino sentiment under the guise of border security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks... Read more»

Millions consumed potentially unsafe water in the last 10 years

As many as 63 million people, from California to New York City, were exposed to potentially unsafe water more than once during the past decade, according to a News21 investigation.... Read more»

Az's online voting makes it easier to deployed military to cast ballots

It was just a few short days before Halloween in October 2012. Petty Officer Second Class Scott Bourque was stationed in Japan and had just received his mail-in absentee ballot for the presidential election. He knew it would be nearly impossible to fill out his ballot and mall it back in time for it to be counted by Arizona election officials on Nov. 6.... Read more»1

Ballot harvesting law could impact Latinos and seniors

The new Arizona law that criminalizes the collection of voters’ early ballots by volunteers doesn’t take effect until November’s election, but voter outreach groups are already planning for the change they fear will affect voting by Latinos and the elderly. ... Read more»1

Weed Rush

Gov't restrictions, lack of funding hinder MMJ research

Federal health agencies spend millions on pot science. But most money is spent on addiction research, not on the benefits. ... Read more»

Parents demand marijuana treatment for epileptic kids

An ever-growing lobby of tenacious parents are pushing politicians to legalize medical marijuana for children with epilepsy and other serious conditions. ... Read more»

Weed Rush

Tribes wait to jump into weed rush

While Native American tribes can decide whether to legalize marijuana on tribal lands, many are concerned about possible repercussions from the government. ... Read more»

Weed rush

Pro-legalization groups prepare marijuana measures for 2016

Advocacy groups have poured millions of dollars into legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana in states across the country. “Out of the five campaigns that we’re running nationwide, Arizona’s definitely going to be the most heated, the most active,” said the state political director for the Marijuana Policy Project.... Read more»1

Veterans come home to unprepared nation

In the 12 years since American troops first deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, more than 2.6 million veterans have returned home to a country largely unprepared to meet their needs. The government that sent them to war has failed on many levels to fulfill its obligations to these veterans as demanded by Congress and promised by both Republican and Democratic administrations.... Read more»

Officials: Early ballot system safeguards effective against fraud

With over 60 percent of Arizona voters expected to cast early ballots this year, state and county election officials say the public should be confident that the verification process is effective at preventing fraud.... Read more»5

In battleground states, voters get ominous letters about citizenship

Democrats contend that Republicans are using last-minute efforts as a scheme to keep voters from casting their vote in the election because immigrants tend to favor Democrats. Republicans allege that noncitizens and other ineligible people are voting illegally.... Read more»

New voting rules make getting Latinos to polls harder than ever

Every month for the next two decades, 50,000 Latinos will turn 18 years old. With that many new eligible voters and dramatic population growth expected, Latinos could dominate voting in the Southwest, particularly Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado. (with videos)... Read more»3

Strict voter ID laws solve 'a problem that does not exist'

An analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. (with video)... Read more»