At the center of the New York Times reporting are Sofia LaRocca and Beau Maier, photographed here in Las Vegas for a 2020 Democratic primary debate. "They had insinuated themselves into the fabric of progressive movements in the West," the paper reports. (Photo: Screenshot via the Times)
Posted in Arizona Dirty Tricks Republicans

Right-wing ‘spies’ with deep pockets infiltrated Democratic Party across West

‘This Is Bonkers’ “Wyoming’s far-right promotes tinfoil-hat conspiracy theories,” said one of the operation’s targets. “It makes sense that they would use spies to try to attack their opposition or uncover some imagined liberal plot.” by…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) arrives for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup in the Dirksen Building on Wednesday on June 16, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Filibuster Voting rights

Sinema op-ed defending Senate filibuster ‘delusional’

Rep. Mondaire Jones said Sinema is effectively arguing that “we should let Republicans destroy democracy now because at some indeterminate time in the future they may try again.” by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer Tuesday, June 22,…

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Posted in Arizona Dirty Tricks Politics

Facebook let pro-Trump group pose as leftists to split Democratic vote

Republican Troll Farm in Phoenix “This is a story about Facebook, the FEC, and broken systems,” said a former Facebook employee. “Now it’s time for the FEC to prove that perverting justice has consequences.” by Julia…

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) walks through the halls of the Capitol on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Elections

Sinema lambasted for claiming filibuster ‘protects’ democracy as it’s used to block Voting Rights bill

“It’s completely insane that some Dems (ahem Manchin/Sinema) would rather keep the Jim Crow filibuster than stop an avalanche of Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression laws.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June 3, 2021  …

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Restart 2021 Unemployment insurance

GOP Governors’ termination of jobless aid could cost local economies over $12 billion

“If states proceed with their plans to end these critical programs, they will be ripping the rug out from under millions of Americans and further hindering our economic recovery.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June…

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A Zyklon B container is displayed at the KL Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp museum in Poland. (Photo: Michael Hanke/WikiMedia Commons)
Posted in Arizona News State Executions

Arizona plans executions with same gas used by Nazis at Auschwitz

“Let that sink in for a minute,” said Sister Helen Prejean, a prominent death penalty abolitionist. “Then take action.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, June 1, 2021   Death penalty abolitionists have expressed shock in…

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Posted in Arizona Climate change Colorado River

Arizona’s current historic drought may be ‘baseline for the future’

by Alyssa Marksz, Cronkite News May 27, 2021   WASHINGTON –    Arizona and other Western states just lived through the driest year in more than a century, with no drought relief in sight in the near…

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during the confirmation hearing for Secretary of Energy nominee Jennifer Granholm on January 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Graeme Jennings—Pool/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona News Unemployment insurance

Sanders urges Labor Secretary to protect jobless benefits as GOP governors race to cut them off

Az Gov. Ducey moves to cut fed unemployment help The Vermont senator warned that many workers “will be forced into poverty” if Republican leaders are permitted to end emergency unemployment benefits. by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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A contractor working for the Florida-based cybersecurity firm Cyber Ninjas carries a box of ballots from the 2020 general election for auditing in Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix on May 1, 2021. (Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
Posted in Arizona Election Tampering Elections News

DOJ warns GOP-led Arizona election audit may violate Civil Rights law

“Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, May 6, 2021   Warning of the possible “significant intimidating…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Wild Fire

Get ready for a busy year fighting wildfires, experts in Arizona warn

“We didn’t see as much rain or snow,” said Andrew Deemer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Phoenix. “So that proposes the question, how did those plants respond? Going out in the desert, listening…

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Posted in Arizona News Voter suppression

Arizona near top of states for bills aimed at voting rights, limits

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News April 26, 2021   WASHINGTON – Arizona lawmakers, who began the year with one of the highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, are winding down a legislative session…

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Posted in Arizona News SCOTUS Voter suppression

Supreme Court hears Arizona voting law case with national implications

“If you can’t vote because you are a Native American or a non-Hispanic in areas where car ownership rates are very small, where you don’t have mail pickup or mail delivery … or you happen to…

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Posted in Arizona News Republicans Voter suppression

GOP lawyer admits to Supreme Court that easier voting puts Republicans at ‘competitive disadvantage’

Blaring quiet part out loud “The mask is off. Republicans want to steal your right to vote and pulverize democracy because they don’t think they can win elections on ideas or humanity.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in Arizona News Solar

Arizona efforts to boost electric cars get so-so grades in new reports

“We don’t mind paying our fair share and some extra fee to help pay for roads because we know that’s important but, you know, don’t scare people away before they even have a chance to buy…

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Posted in Arizona News Safety Net SNAP benefits

As demand surges, advocates worry food stamps miss eligible families

EDS: An earlier version of this story misstated, in the second graf, the number of SNAP-eligible people who actually received the benefit in 2017. The Census Bureau said one in six who were eligible did not…

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Posted in Arizona Education funding News Vouchers

‘ESAs are merely a Band-Aid’: Arizona education advocates oppose bill to expand school vouchers

by Samantha Molina and Reed Harmon, Cronkite News Thursday February 18, 2021 Phoenix – Public education advocates and leaders of the Arizona School Boards Association’s Black Alliance and Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus gathered at the Arizona State…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus

Masks off: Bill would allow Arizona businesses to ignore city, county mandates

by Victoria Hill, Cronkite News Thursday, February 18, 2021   Phoenix – A House committee has passed a Republican-sponsored bill that would allow Arizona business owners to decide whether to enforce mask mandates for employees and customers,…

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Posted in Arizona Mining

Federal judge rejects Apache Stronghold request to block Oak Flat mine

by Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News Saturday, February 13, 2021 Washington, D.C. –    A federal judge Friday refused to order a halt to the proposed Resolution Copper Mine on Oak Flat, land that opponents say is sacred…

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Posted in Arizona Conspiracy theories News

1 in 4 Arizonans still insist Trump won, as second impeachment begins

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News Thursday, February 11, 2021 s the Senate began debate Tuesday on a historic second impeachment of former President Donald Trump, a recent poll shows that more than half of Arizona Republicans believe…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News Unemployment

Lost jobs and rising hunger: St. Mary’s Food Bank shifts gears during COVID-19

We’re serving 1,000 families a day. That means we need a box of food for 4,000 people a day. This is why volunteers are very important. We have two volunteer shifts a day. One starts at…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Health officials keep close eye as COVID-19 variants found in Arizona

by Jake Holter, Cronkite News Tuesday, February, 2, 2021   Health officials have confirmed that the UK variant of the coronavirus has been found in Arizona. Now what? For the time being, more of the same: mask,…

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Posted in Arizona News Unemployment

Unemployment dips in Arizona for December, but jobs are still tight

by Ethan Kispert, Cronkite News   Phoenix, Az .    As COVID-19 pummels away in Arizona, unemployment in the state dipped slightly in December, with the restaurant and entertainment industries continuing to take the hardest hits. The…

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Posted in Arizona Corruption Politics

Trump pardons former Rep. Rick Renzi for fraud, extortion convictions

by Sarah Oven, Cronkite News WASHINGTON –   In one of his last acts as president, Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned two Arizonans, including former Rep. Rick Renzi who was convicted of extortion, racketeering and other charges…

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Posted in Arizona Coronavirus News

Health officials ramp up COVID-19 vaccines with new sites, eligibility in AZ

by Haleigh Kochanski, Cronkite News Friday, January 15 WASHINGTON – T he Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday it is expanding its COVID-19 vaccination programs, adding distribution at pharmacies and at a second state-run site in…

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