Arizonans to vote on giving Dreamers in-state tuition in 2022 

The Arizona House of Representatives passed SCR 1044 on Monday by a 33 to 27 margin, paving the way for Arizonans to vote on giving DACA program recipients in-state tuition at the state’s public universities. It passed along bipartisan lines, with 5 Republican representatives voting for the measure. It had already passed the Senate 17-13Continue reading “Arizonans to vote on giving Dreamers in-state tuition in 2022 “

Vaccinations are slowing down in Arizona (and across America)

Despite America’s large supply of COVID-19 vaccines, the growth of the share of vaccinated Americans is slowing down. Beginning on April 11th, the daily rate of vaccinations in the United States reversed course from increasing daily to decelerating. As of April 28th, approximately 29.5% of Americans are fully vaccinated: over 95,000,000 Americans have received eitherContinue reading “Vaccinations are slowing down in Arizona (and across America)”

Biden delivers message of optimism, champions Democratic priorities

President Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, unveiling a sweeping new American vision and painting a portrait of what his presidency means for all Americans. Speaking to a far-from-packed room, President Biden spoke amid the unusual circumstances of the moment: social distancing and mask-donning attendees shed lightContinue reading “Biden delivers message of optimism, champions Democratic priorities”

McCain Institute kicks of 2021 Sedona Forum

The McCain Institute began its 2021 Sedona Forum, a conference comprising leaders in the public and private sectors discussing issues facing Arizona, America, and the world, on Wednesday. Hosted virtually, the conference is available to all without a fee. This year’s forum includes discussions between Cindy McCain, Arizona State University President Michael Crow, Arizona Gov.Continue reading “McCain Institute kicks of 2021 Sedona Forum”

Arizona bill banning abortion based on genetic abnormalities signed into law

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed S.B. 1457 into law on Tuesday, banning abortions performed on the basis of genetic abnormality, sex, and or race of a fetus. The bill was championed by State Senator Nancy Barto and sponsored by Senators Paul Boyer, Rick Gray, Sine Kerr, Vince Leach, David Livingston, Warren Petersen, and T.J. Shope.Continue reading “Arizona bill banning abortion based on genetic abnormalities signed into law”

Declining population growth could threaten social safety net, economic growth

New U.S. Census data shows that the United States’ population growth is slowing down rapidly. The decade spanning 2010 through 2020 is now set to have the smallest decennial population growth rate in American history.  The combined forces of dropping birth rates, the COVID-19 pandemic, tighter immigration, and other factors have played a role inContinue reading “Declining population growth could threaten social safety net, economic growth”

Arizona did not get a 10th Congressional district. What happened?

Today the U.S. Census Bureau announced that Arizona would retain its 9 Congressional seats, bucking widespread expectations of Arizona receiving a 10th Congressional district. Up until this decision, it was a common expectation among journalists, politicians, business leaders, activists, and politicos that Arizona would be apportioned a 10th Congressional district. After all, Arizona gained aroundContinue reading “Arizona did not get a 10th Congressional district. What happened?”

Arizona leaders respond to nation’s border crisis

The escalating crisis at the United States’ southern land border has prompted Arizona leaders to address immigration, border security, and the intersections of these issues. 2021 is set to break records for attempted southern border crossings, with over 173,000 undocumented migrants encountering U.S. immigration authorities in March alone. The peak of the 2019 border crisisContinue reading “Arizona leaders respond to nation’s border crisis”