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Fraternity PAC Backs Legislation to Protect Students Accused of Rape

Arizona Republican Congressman Matt Salmon introduced a bill Wednesday designed to protect students accused of rape on campus, to change the way on-campus safety hearings are conducted, and to prevent Greek organizations from being forced to go co-ed. That same day, three former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity… » 7/30/15 10:20am Thursday 10:20am

Arizona Law Requiring Doctors to Say Abortion Is 'Reversible' Blocked 

An Arizona law that would require doctors to tell falsely tell patients that medication abortions are “reversible” has temporarily been blocked. The law was passed in March; a group of Arizona healthcare providers, backed by Planned Parenthood, promptly sued. That’s because saying medication abortions are reversible… » 6/17/15 4:30pm 6/17/15 4:30pm

What Michelle Cusseaux's Death Says About Arizona's Mental Health Crisis

At the time of Michelle Cusseaux’s death, she was 50, lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression. On August 14, 2014, Cusseaux grew agitated when a cab didn’t show up to take her to the hospital; just a week earlier, she’d filed a grievance on previous transportation… » 5/21/15 2:15pm 5/21/15 2:15pm

Pam and PETA in Love With Joe Arpaio, Arizona's Anti-Immigrant Sheriff

PETA is excited to announce that Joe Arpaio, the notoriously racist Arizona sheriff who fancies himself “the world’s toughest,” is now on their preferred list after he switched the jail’s food over to a vegetarian menu. Even Pam Anderson’s on board! But has everyone forgotten that Joe Arpaio is… » 4/15/15 2:15pm 4/15/15 2:15pm

Republican Governors Bravely Fight Anti- Prison Rape Laws

The Prison Rape Elimination Act has a pretty self-evident mission, and yet, somehow, there are still people who manage to be against it. PREA, first passed in 2003 and finalized in 2012, establishes basic standards to keep American prisoners from being assaulted by other inmates or (more commonly) guards. Yet a… » 3/26/15 2:15pm 3/26/15 2:15pm

Arizona Woman Cleared of Her Son's Murder After 22 Years on Death Row

On Monday, a judge formally dismissed the case against Debra Milke, who spent 22 years on death row after being convicted of conspiring to murder her 4-year-old son, The Associated Press reports. The case relied heavily on the work of a detective who has since been discredited. Prosecutors lost their final appeal last… » 3/24/15 8:50pm 3/24/15 8:50pm

Darren Sharper, Accused Serial Rapist, to Take Plea Deals in 4 States

On Monday, Darren Sharper, alleged serial rapist and fallen NFL star, is expected to take a plea deal settling a myriad of rape and drugging charges involving women in California, Nevada, Louisiana and Arizona. The hearings are slated to take place in Los Angeles, the city where he's been in jail since last year. » 3/23/15 12:30pm 3/23/15 12:30pm

Cool Dude Fakes Kidnapping to Avoid Nagging Hosebeast Girlfriend

Sometimes you just don't want to spend Thursday night watching Must See TV with your girlfriend. Justin Sarten of Florence (Arizona, not Italy) knew he needed a night out. But how can you tell your girlfriend you want to go out with the boys without hurting feelings? Oh, just fake your own kidnapping. » 11/17/14 7:45pm 11/17/14 7:45pm

Maddow Is Trying to Stop AZ School District From Censoring Textbooks

A couple weeks back we told you about the curious fight between an Arizona school district and science, namely the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board's plan to rip out two pages of a high school biology textbook. Those offending pages mention the existence of contraception and abortion, and for that, of course,… » 11/12/14 11:00am 11/12/14 11:00am

Arizona School District: No More Birth Control in Science Classes

A school board in Arizona has voted to remove the pages of a high school biology textbook that mention contraception and abortion. The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board voted 3-2 to redact two pages from Campbell Biology after hearing a presentation from a lawyer with the Christian legal advocacy group Alliance… » 10/30/14 2:15pm 10/30/14 2:15pm

Finally, Some Good Abortion News from South Carolina and Arizona

It's quite easy to feel dispirited about reproductive rights in America. Conservative lawmakers across the country are endlessly devoted to coming up with increasingly inventive ways to restrict women's abortion access (some of their favorites include shuttering clinics nationwide and forcing women to have to jump… » 6/06/14 5:40pm 6/06/14 5:40pm

Activist Monica Jones Found Guilty of "Manifesting Prostitution"

Last Friday, Monica Jones was found guilty of prostitution-related charges despite efforts from her and the ACLU after being arrested in May of 2013 in a police sting operation in Phoenix, Arizona. The black transgender student and well-known sex work activist had not actually engaged in prostitution—she accepted a… » 4/13/14 1:00pm 4/13/14 1:00pm