Navajo activists claim voter suppression in Arizona voting laws

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold two provisions of Arizona’s voting law that had started to stir up controversy on the Reservations. The largest part of this ruling is not allowing ballot harvesting to occur. Navajo activists are not happy with these rulings because they believe that this is a form of voter suppressionContinue reading “Navajo activists claim voter suppression in Arizona voting laws”

Gov. Ducey calls special session to address wildfires, provide $100 million in emergency funding

Governor Ducey announced that he has called a special session of the state Legislature to help combat the wildfires that are currently plaguing the state by providing $100 million in emergency funding. The funds will go towards wildfire prevention and suppression. The legislature will officially vote on this package later this week, but the dealContinue reading “Gov. Ducey calls special session to address wildfires, provide $100 million in emergency funding”

Vice President Harris may or may not visit the U.S.-Mexico Border

“…And I haven’t been to Europe…”, Vice President Kamala Harris said followed by some laughter in an interview this week with Lester Holt. The Vice President had been asked by Holt if she was going to visit the US and Mexico border, and why she hasn’t yet visited the border. In March, Vice President HarrisContinue reading “Vice President Harris may or may not visit the U.S.-Mexico Border”

Arizona State Senate votes to ban Critical Race Theory education for public employees

Critical Race Theory is a form of racial sensitivity training that has been thrust to prominence following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police officers just over one year ago.  The theory is intended, argue its proponents, to educate people on the disparities faced by minorities, specifically Black Americans, in theContinue reading “Arizona State Senate votes to ban Critical Race Theory education for public employees”

Ducey moves to incentivize workforce participation as legislators consider raising state’s unemployment benefits

Similar to many other states emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona is running into the issue of there being more job vacancies than people on unemployment. Gov. Doug Ducey is working to transition those unemployed people back into the workforce by changing the structure of the state’s unemployment benefits. Ducey issued an executive order toContinue reading “Ducey moves to incentivize workforce participation as legislators consider raising state’s unemployment benefits”

Proposal that would mandate ID for mail-in ballots sinks in State House

The Arizona State House narrowly voted down SB 1713 on Wednesday, a bill that would require voters that cast their ballot by mail to show some form of official identification in order for their vote to be counted. The bill would require voters to receive a new voter registration card once every two years asContinue reading “Proposal that would mandate ID for mail-in ballots sinks in State House”