September 2019

Rep. Alma Hernandez
Standing out among 60 representatives at the state House isn’t always easy, but freshman Democratic Rep. Alma Hernandez, the sister of fellow Rep. Daniel Hernandez, isn’t just making waves here at home, she’s also drawing national attention.
Sept. 11, 2019
burton barr library
Phoenix is now the largest U.S. city to eliminate fines at public libraries. On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved the fine forgiveness program. Phoenix has just over 1 million people with public library cards. About 1 in 10 are unable to check out materials because they owe at least $25 in fines.
Sept. 10, 2019
Phoenix Art Museum sign
The Phoenix Art Museum underwent dramatic of personnel changes this summer when Director Amada Cruz left to take over as director and CEO of the Seattle Art Museum. She was brought in to make changes in diversity and fundraising, and some supporters and volunteers were critical of what she implemented.
Sept. 10, 2019
voting sign
The state Democratic Party will be holding a preference election in March, and independent voters want in. If Arizona independents want to participate in the Democratic presidential preference election in March, they'd have to first change their party. And that has people across the political spectrum demanding change.
Sept. 10, 2019
Donald Trump
The Arizona Republican Party decided to opt out of the presidential preference primary in March, so registered Republicans will not be able to cast a vote for any of President Trump’s primary challengers. This isn’t the first time a state party has chosen not to hold a presidential preference election, but why has the GOP decided against one this time?
Sept. 10, 2019
Valerie Plame Undercover Congress Ad
Several Democratic women remain in the race to get the party’s presidential nomination and the opportunity to directly challenge President Trump’s campaign for a second term in the White House.
Sept. 10, 2019
Capitol dome in Washington, D.C.
Four Arizona mayors are advocating for action on the Bipartisan Background Check Act of 2019 that would require universal background checks on gun purchasers. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has so far resisted calls for him to bring the bill to the floor, arguing President Trump wouldn’t sign it anyway.
Sept. 10, 2019
Scott Warren, center, flanked by his attorneys
The trial of humanitarian aid worker Scott Warren captured headlines around the country. But despite the government’s claim that Warren had illegally helped border crossers evade immigration authorities in Arizona’s borderlands, his trial ended in a hung jury in June.
Sept. 10, 2019
syringe and vial
More than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes, and many of those patients rely on insulin to control the disease. But, insulin has to be refrigerated, and once opened, is only good for a short time.
Sept. 10, 2019
Phoenix Union Station
A longtime staple of downtown Phoenix may be going away or — at the very least — about to undergo dramatic changes.
Sept. 10, 2019