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After several tries, Prop 211 backers hope to shine a light on ‘dark money’

WASHINGTON - Give $50 to a campaign and, under Arizona law, your name, address and employer are reported to the state. Give $5,000 - or more - to an independent group working to support or oppose that candidate and you do so in secret. Prop 211 aims to change that.


Tucked in Tucson, the Roadrunners pave the way for hockey in a basketball town

TUCSON – Since arriving in 2016, the Tucson Roadrunners have built a strong culture in Tucson despite the city being primarily known for their basketball.

The Roadrunners will never compare to University of Arizona basketball's popularity in Tucson, but the organization engages the city's hockey community in its own unique way. (Photo by Rudy Aguado/Cronkite News)

‘Urgent crisis:’ School districts stockpile Narcan as fentanyl kills more students

LOS ANGELES – School districts are stocking up on drug overdose drug Narcan as fentanyl claims the lives of more students. Seven students have died in the LA school district alone. Downey Unified School District began training and planning for emergency administrative response to the Fentanyl crisis over the summer before the 2022-23 school year. Each of their schools has several dosages of Narcan and several faculty and staff members trained to administer doses in the case of a drug-related health emergency.


Protesters push Biden on pledge to pardon pot possession convictions

WASHINGTON - Students from across the country rallied outside the White House Monday to demand that President Joe Biden deliver on a campaign promise to release prisoners convicted of marijuana possession.


Prop 209 would limit medical debt collection; critics say it’s too broad

WASHINGTON - Backers of Proposition 209 say the ballot measure will protect Arizona residents from crushing medical debt when they're struggling keep a home and a job so they can pay their debts, but critics say the proposal is too broad and will reward the wrong people.


Hamilton boys golf seeks four-peat in Arizona state championships

PHOENIX – The Hamilton golf team has won the Arizona state championship three years in a row. With junior star Vincent Cervantes leading the way, the Huskies look to make it a four-peat with Brophy right on their tail.

The Hamilton boys golf team begins its quest for a fourth straight championship Wednesday in the Division I Arizona State Championship. (Photo by Liam Barrett/Cronkite News)

Prop 132 called both rational tax safeguard, anti-democratic power play

WASHINGTON - When Arizona voted in 2020 to increase school funding by raising income taxes on higher earners, they did so by a comfortable 52-48% margin. Too comfortable for backers of Proposition 132, which would require 60% approval for any initiative that raises taxes.


U.S. House, District 5: Clint Smith hopes to make history as a ‘unicorn’ independent

Clint Smith hopes to be the first independent elected to Congress in Arizona history. He faces incumbent Andy Biggs, a Republican who has represented District 5 for five years, and Democrat Javier Garcia Ramos, who’s self-funding his campaign.

Clint Smith (Photo courtesy of the Clint Smith campaign)

U.S. House, District 2: Eli Crane limits public access, doesn’t live in district – but is Trump endorsed

GOP candidate Eli Crane doesn’t live in the district he wants to represent and has no public-facing contact information. The Trump-endorsed former “Shark Tank” contestant is a business owner in Oro Valley and first-time candidate.

Election 2022

‘You never forget’: Honoring Arizona’s veterans one flight at a time

WASHINGTON - Thirty Arizona veterans of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam wars were in Washington this week to visit the memorials to their service, the latest of more than 2,000 vets to make the trip from the state free of charge as part of Honor Flight program.


Schools superintendent: Tom Horne says he’ll focus on academics, not critical race theory

Tom Horne hopes to rid Arizona’s schools of critical race theory.

Tom Horne (Photo courtesy of Tom Horne)

Schools superintendent: Kathy Hoffman has ‘relentless optimism’ for public education

The superintendent’s race carries overtones of a culture war, pitting incumbent Kathy Hoffman against former superintendent Tom Horne. The election is focusing on flashpoint topics such as critical race theory, parental rights, sexual orientaton and LGBTQ issues.

Kathy Hoffman (Photo courtesy of the Kathy Hoffman campaign)