A coalition of Latino voter-outreach groups are projecting that Arizona's Latino voters will clearly have more of an influence on this year's election than they have in past years. People representing the dozen groups in One Arizona are estimating that Latino voters will account for 14 percent of t ... More >>
Whether your a hardcore wine aficionado or just beginning to foster a love of the stuff, there should be plenty to learn and taste at the 6th annual Arizona Wine Growers Festival. The event will be held at The Farm at South Mountain and will offer educational seminars, live music, a picnic lunch, an ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery wants "full and fair opportunity" to prove in court why a recent ruling allowing bail for jailed undocumented migrants should not stand. The Republican politician put out a news release on Thursday evening saying he's filed an emergency motion with the U.S. ... More >>
Like a visual version of an earworm -- you know, those songs that get caught in your head and you can't get out -- I've been thinking a lot lately about a famous 18th-century etching by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya called The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters. It features an image of an artist ... More >>
A federal judge declared Arizona's laws against same-sex marriage unconstitutional, and issued an order prohibiting officials from enforcing those laws. However, there's currently one person standing between same-sex couples and Arizona marriage licenses -- Attorney General Tom Horne.
Arizona's Proposition 100, the 2006 law that denies bail to undocumented immigrants accused of many crimes in the state, will no longer be in effect in the near future. A panel of judges from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the voter-approved law unconstitutional, as a violation of th ... More >>
Local marriage equality advocates are calling on Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne to step aside and stop defending the state's ban on gay marriage. Why Marriage Matters Arizona delivered more than 5,100 signed petitions to the attorney general's office yesterday. "The petition calls on him to st ... More >>
Since 2008 America's Taco Shop has been a local favorite for carne asada and other Mexican specialties but the number of local outlets has recently decreased by one. The second location of America's Taco Shop, found at 4447 North Seventh Avenue, closed last month. The original location at 2041 No ... More >>
Legal same-sex marriages could take place in Arizona by the end of 2014, says an attorney representing a lawsuit by same-sex partners. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to consider appeals of lower-court decisions supporting the challengers of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin, Indian ... More >>
This is probably hard to believe, but it appears that texting is not actually one of the most common causes of distracted driving on Arizona highways. The Arizona Department of Public Safety this week released statistics on distracted driving that the agency has been compiling all year, as part of ... More >>
A pair of pro-choice groups say states with the most restrictive laws on abortion, like Arizona, have generally poorer health conditions and less supportive policies for women and children. Abortion restrictions in Arizona and in state legislatures across the country are often billed as measures to ... More >>
Arizona's so-called "revenge porn" law criminalizes much more than the sharing of an ex-lover's nude photos, according to a lawsuit filed by several publishing and media organizations. The law passed earlier this year essentially made it a felony offense to share a nude photo of someone without the ... More >>
Earlier this week OpenTable released an updated list of Top 100 Fit for Foodies Restaurants in America and this time only two Arizona restaurants made the cut. That's down from the five recognized by OpenTable last year. The list, which is compiled by "analyzing more than five million reviews of m ... More >>
At the end of last week, I got two e-mails. One announced 2015 Arizona Cocktail Week, the other 2015 Arizona Beer Week. I should be excited. But I'm just kind of annoyed because both take place February 14 to 21. No big surprise, as that's happened the past few years without fail, and yet I really d ... More >>
With so many restaurants participating in this fall's edition of Arizona Restaurant Week -- which runs from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 28 -- it can be hard to tell where your dining dollars will be best spent. Thankfully, we're here to dish out some suggestions. Some of the restaurant ... More >>
Monday's record rainfall in the Phoenix area spurred officials to warn parents against letting their kids play in standing water. But with many schools closed across the Valley due to the historic deluge, what else is there to do? At Harmony Park in Mesa near Val Vista Drive and the U.S 60 freeway ... More >>
The attack ad that hits Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal for voting for tuition increases as a member of the Arizona Board of Regents isn't going away. In fact, it's now in Spanish, too.
The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States has stayed the same since 2009, according to the Pew Research Center. Researchers estimate that there were 11.3 million unauthorized immigrants living in the country in March 2013. "As growth of this group has stalled, there has bee ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered. Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
It's no big secret that tequila isn't tequila unless it's made in Jalisco, Mexico. Like Champagne and sparking wine, there's tequila and there are agave spirits. I'm tempted to wax poetic and go full bard status here, so there are some things you should know about just what is in the name tequila an ... More >>
Medical-marijuana patients from Arizona and other states could shop legally at as-yet-unopened Nevada dispensaries under a plan being developed by Nevada authorities. Chad Westom, bureau chief of the Nevada Division of Public & Behavioral Health, said on Monday that his state's new medical-marijuan ... More >>
Look, we'll be the first to admit that filling a burrito with french fries could hardly be described as avant-garde or gourmet. In truth, it holds about as much culinary merit as the cronut, the quesarito, or the ramen burger. Still, we couldn't help but get slightly giddy at the summer discovery of ... More >>
Arizona Restaurant Week will return this September and if you've lived in the Valley for any extended amount of time, then you're probably thinking you know the drill. Restaurants will offer a prix-fixe menu at a discounted price for a week (or so) in order to encourage diners to try some new dining ... More >>
Marijuana use by teens continues to decline in Colorado since the proliferation of retail medical-pot stores, but the state's health department would rather focus on perceptions over reality. A news release put out today by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is headlined, "New ... More >>
A coalition of immigrant rights groups held a press conference this morning to announce the launch of "Arizona Freedom Summer," a campaign to get out the Latino vote in this fall's elections.
Three children from Central America who came to the United States unaccompanied appeared before members of Congress on Tuesday to explain their journeys to the United States.Democratic Congressman Raúl Grijalva hosted the hearing with other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Grijalva ... More >>
Arizonans are driving less, and relying more on public transportation, according to a report from the Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund.The shift is causing the Arizona PIRG Education Fund to recommend that public officials shift funding away from more highway projects, and more ... More >>
Now that there's a plan to slice up California into six states, it's time to unveil our plan to divide Arizona into multiple states.Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the 10 states of Arizona:
Of more than 500,000 young immigrants who have been given relief from deportation by the Obama Administration, less than 4 percent of them live in Arizona.A U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services report on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program shows only about 19,000 of the 50 ... More >>
Wiretapping rates in Arizona are among the highest in the nation.The Pew Research Center ranked the states where the most wiretap authorizations were made last year, finding that Arizona's had the fifth-highest rate in the country.
Someburros Scavenger Hunt Today through Saturday, July 12 Now through Saturday, Someburros is celebrating its 28th year of business with twice-daily Piñata Hunts. The restaurant is thanking customers for their years of loyalty by stashing two piñatas around town every day. At 9 a.m., Someburros w ... More >>
The fatality rate on Arizona's rural roads is among the highest in the nation.According to the Road Information Program (TRIP), Arizona's fatality rate for drivers on rural roads is the nation's seventh highest, and more than double the fatality rate on all other roads.
An increasing number of Arizonans are living in high-poverty neighborhoods, according to a new Census Bureau report.About one-quarter of Americans live in what the Census Bureau calls "poverty areas," and in Arizona, more than one-third of people live in such areas.
After less than a year of operation in Gilbert, American TapHouse has shut its doors for good. The restaurant, which came courtesy of Scottsdale-based restaurant management company Tasty Brand Holdings, offered a family-friendly environment as well as a menu of American fare. To make the sudden cl ... More >>