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More than 361 bills across 47 states have been introduced this year by Republicans in state legislatures that would restrict voting and eliminate mail-in ballots — a key way millions of Americans voted during the pandemic in the 2020 elections.

A U.S. House elections panel heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone addresses the media Jan. 7, 2019.

Maricopa County voters overwhelmingly elected Sheriff Paul Penzone to a second term, rejecting a bid by one of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's executive officers. Read more»

Aerial shot of 4th Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix.

A jail operated by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office continues to be a top destination nationally for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to take custody of people arrested for alleged misdemeanors and felonies. Read more»

ProPublica Deputy Managing Editor Eric Umansky’s family saw an unmarked NYPD cruiser hit a Black teenager. He tried to find out how it happened, and instead found all of the ways the NYPD is shielded from accountability. Read more»

President Donald Trump signed a modest police reform order Tuesday in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality against people of color. Read more»

An armored SWAT police truck in downtown Phoenix on May 31, 2020, during a protest of police violence against people of color.

In a conference call in which President Donald Trump called governors "weak" for failing to respond to at times unruly protests against police violence and implored them to "dominate" protesters and rioters, Gov. Doug Ducey boasted about Arizona's "more aggressive" approach and earned praise from the president. Read more»

Volunteers usher a group of migrants to the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center across the street from the bus station in McAllen.

Pilot projects could lead to the Trump administration storing genetic material from children as young as 14 years old in the name of fighting crime. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tells an Oro Valley audience about battling the federal government over immigration laws in the state in 2014.

Arizona’s Joe Arpaio, the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, returned to court via attorneys Wednesday, complaining to the 9th Circuit that a criminal contempt conviction dismissed two years ago is still hanging over his head. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tells an Oro Valley audience about battling the federal government over immigration laws in the state in 2014.

The Supreme Court on Monday let stand lower court rulings that said Maricopa County is responsible for controversial policing practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department under former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio tells an Oro Valley audience about battling the federal government over immigration laws in the state in 2014.

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio vowed Monday to continue the fight to clear his name of a criminal contempt of court conviction, after the Supreme Court rejected his challenge of an appeals court ruling. Read more»

Then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio shakes hands with then-candidate Donald Trump at a 2016 campaign rally in Fountain Hills. Arpaio was an early supporter of President Trump, who issued a pardon Friday of Arpaio’s federal contempt of court conviction.

In Washington, reaction to President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was swift and strong. Read more»

Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, shown here in Washington for Trump's inauguration, said Monday that he is “keeping his options open” in terms of his political future, just days after President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio for a criminal contempt of court conviction.

Just days after President Donald Trump pardoned Arpaio late Friday for a criminal contempt of court conviction, the former sheriff was musing Monday about remaining active in Arizona politics. Read more»

Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, joined other public officials who said they were “well prepared” to keep people safe during President Donald Trump’s first visit to Arizona since he was elected.

Local law enforcement leaders, school officials and businesses are bracing for President Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona on Tuesday, with public officials saying they are calmly working to avoid violent clashes between supporters and counter-protesters expected to clog downtown Phoenix. Read more»

Then-candidate Donald Trump speaking at the Phoenix Convention Center in September 2016.

On the heels of a troublesome week, President Trump will return to the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday for a political rally — the same place he effusively declared a year ago that Mexico would pay for an "impenetrable, powerful, solid southern border wall." Trump has hinted at a pardon for Joe Arpaio, and may endorse a challenge to Sen. Flake. Read more»

The ex-Maricopa sheriff made his name in part by targeting immigrants — even after a judge ordered him to stop. As President Trump considers a pardon, it’s worth remembering precisely what Arpaio did in his decades in law enforcement. His office at one point stopped investigating sex crimes against children, depleted its patrol division and nearly bankrupted itself. Read more»

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