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Racial Profiling Trial Underway for Arizona Sheriff

Racial Profiling Trial Underway for Arizona Sheriff

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit claiming that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s deputies carried out racial profiling as part of a policy of discrimination is being heard in  federal court. The civil lawsuit involving Arpaio — the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America — has put his anti-immigrant patrols on center stage. A lawyer for plaintiffs who […]

Perry Under Fire After Announcing Texas Won’t Expand Medicaid

Perry Under Fire After Announcing Texas Won’t Expand Medicaid

DALLAS (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that Texas won’t establish an online marketplace for patients to shop for insurance or expand Medicaid, two key elements of the federal health care overhaul. His comments quickly drew fire from organizations across the state representing low income working families. In a letter sent to U.S. Health […]

High Court Allows “Show Me Your Papers” Part of Arizona Law

High Court Allows “Show Me Your Papers” Part of Arizona Law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court threw out key provisions of Arizona’s anti-immigrant law on Monday, but said a much-debated portion could go forward – that police must check the status of people stopped for various reasons who might appear to be in the U.S. without documentation. The court upheld the “show me your papers” […]

As Budgets Improve Some States are Socking Away the Cash

As Budgets Improve Some States are Socking Away the Cash

PHOENIX (AP) — States starting to turn the corner on their Great Recession budget woes are taking the cautious approach, socking away millions of dollars in rainy day funds rather than restoring spending for education, health care and social services. At least 21 states, including Arizona, Michigan and Ohio, are putting parts of their surpluses […]

Stronger Together: A Powerful and Equal Voice for Families on May 20

Stronger Together: A Powerful and Equal Voice for Families on May 20

On May 20 Myeisha Hutchinson is giving up part of her Sunday off to join tens of thousands of American families throughout the country who plan to participate in the 2012 Equal Voice Online Convention. At the convention, which will be broadcast over the Internet, families will determine, and then vote on the issues for […]

Disaster After the Storm

Disaster After the Storm

On Patricia Jones’ wedding day, her father pulled her aside, holding her arm firmly and speaking so urgently that she stopped hugging her guests to listen closely. “Buy a house as soon as you can,” he told her. “A house is your wealth, your future, for you, for your children, and for your grandchildren.” Patricia […]

High Court Hears Arizona Immigration Dispute

High Court Hears Arizona Immigration Dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will referee another major clash between the Obama administration and the states, this one over Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. The case could add fuel to the partisan split over tough state immigration laws backed by Republicans but challenged by the administration. Like last month’s arguments over President Barack […]