Phoenix, AZ – The Pew Hispanic Center estimates the number of Arizonans in this country illegally last year at about 400,000, virtually unchanged from 2009. But that compares to 500,000 just three years earlier. Jeffrey Passel, the organization's senior demographer, said the study does not say why. But he suggested the twin factors of the U.S. economy and stricter enforcement of laws against illegal immigration appear to be taking their toll.
Phoenix, AZ – The move comes as the U-S Environmental Protection Agency is pushing ahead with rules to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Sen. Sylvia Allen said she does not think the federal government has any business telling Arizona what it can do.
Flagstaff, AZ – More than two hundred people packed the Flagstaff Adult Center meeting room, many sitting on the floor to hear Paul Gosar. He detailed his first three weeks in Washington D.C., saying congress will rework health care reform because "Obamacare" needs to go away.
"There are some good things in that bill but you can't allow the bill to stand especially when it allows a bureaucrat to stand in the way of a decision between you and your health care."
Phoenix, AZ – The first time Mike Negle walked across the US-Mexico border, to Los Algodones - near Yuma, Arizona - he was immediately surrounded by salesmen who swore to him that they had the best price, the best deal, the best offer. They reminded Negle of hawkers who sold tomatoes or knock-off designer sunglasses. But these men weren't selling tomatoes or sunglasses. They were selling root canals.
Flagstaff, AZ – Walk through the forests of Northern Arizona, and signs of trouble are everywhere. Start with the ground below your feet.
Taylor McKinnon, with the Center for Biological Diversity, says "the floor of this forest is composed of several inches of pine needles that have accumulated over a century. You have to work your way down before you even get to the soil."
Phoenix, AZ – The issue is whether children should be allowed to ride in the back of open pickup trucks. Right now that practice remains legal. Rep. Dorris Goodale of Kingman said she agreed to co- sponsor the legislation at the request of a constituent whose son made, in her words, a bad decision, and now is dead.
(It's kind of an anomoly that if you move a refrigerator or you move a couch, you have to restrain that for the safety of the surrounding public. But you don't have to restrain a child.)