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Why Can’t We Make Women’s Equality the Law of the Land?

At a rally and march for the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday, protesters demanded it be made part of the Constitution.Credit... Allison Bailey/NURPHOTO via Associated Press

At a rally and march for the Equal Rights Amendment on Thursday, protesters demanded it be made part of the Constitution.Credit... Allison Bailey/NURPHOTO via Associated Press

Sinema Rejects Changing Filibuster, Dealing Biden a Setback. Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s comments came after the House approved a set of voting rights measures on a party-line vote of 220 to 203.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said she would not support undermining the Senate filibuster to enact new voting rights laws, presenting a major obstacle for President Biden’s drive to push the protections through Congress.CreditCredit...Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona said she would not support undermining the Senate filibuster to enact new voting rights laws, presenting a major obstacle for President Biden’s drive to push the protections through Congress.CreditCredit...Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

Building Trust Across the Political Divide The surprising bridge of conflict.

Detail of Rhyme by Robert Rauschenberg, 1956. Copyright Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, used with permission.

Detail of Rhyme by Robert Rauschenberg, 1956. Copyright Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, used with permission.

Fractious final day ends with acrimony and accusations as redistricting commission splits on legislative map

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission debates legislative districts on its final day of deliberations at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix on Dec. 22, 2021. Photo by Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirro

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission debates legislative districts on its final day of deliberations at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix on Dec. 22, 2021. Photo by Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirro

What would be a fair district map in Arizona?

Illustration by VlatkoRadovic | iStock/Getty Images Plus

Illustration by VlatkoRadovic | iStock/Getty Images Plus

New political districts will give some of Arizona's leaders major heartburn.Opinion: The Arizona Independent Redistricting Committee has approved draft maps of the state's new congressional and legislative districts, and there is good news and bad news.

Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on Oct. 28th, 2021. From left to right. Shereen Lerner, Derrick Watchman, Erika Neuberg, David Mehl, Douglas York. Ray Stern/The Republic

Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on Oct. 28th, 2021. From left to right. Shereen Lerner, Derrick Watchman, Erika Neuberg, David Mehl, Douglas York. Ray Stern/The Republic

World leaders are in Glasgow to talk about preventing climate disasters.

The Ivanpah solar power facility in the Mojave Desert.David Walter Banks for The New York Times

The Ivanpah solar power facility in the Mojave Desert.David Walter Banks for The New York Times

AIRC must draw fair districts that properly balance criteria, including competitiveness

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing to immerse itself in the heart of its task: creating new boundaries for the state’s nine congressional and 30 legislative districts. This Friday the commissioners will meet to propose changes to the maps and are scheduled to generate an official “draft map” a week later. After that, they will receive input from the public to help them to develop a “final map” before Christmas.

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing to immerse itself in the heart of its task: creating new boundaries for the state’s nine congressional and 30 legislative districts. This Friday the commissioners will meet to propose changes to the maps and are scheduled to generate an official “draft map” a week later. After that, they will receive input from the public to help them to develop a “final map” before Christmas.

In first moves to draw political maps, Arizona redistricting panel eyes major changes

 Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission met Oct. 4, 2021, in the Phoenix city council chambers to discuss initial changes to the grid maps approved the previous month. L to R: Shereen Lerner, Derrick Watchman, Erika Neuberg, David Mehl, Douglas York. Photo by Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission met Oct. 4, 2021, in the Phoenix city council chambers to discuss initial changes to the grid maps approved the previous month. L to R: Shereen Lerner, Derrick Watchman, Erika Neuberg, David Mehl, Douglas York. Photo by Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema: Delayed vote on infrastructure bill 'inexcusable' and 'deeply disappointing'

Sen. Krysten Sinema, D-Arizona center speaks to reporters just after a bill to start work on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Sen. Krysten Sinema, D-Arizona center speaks to reporters just after a bill to start work on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 28, 2021

How Democrats win the culture war

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at the Capitol on Wednesday. (Gabrielle Crockett/Reuters)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at the Capitol on Wednesday. (Gabrielle Crockett/Reuters)

Redistricting commission hears community concerns, partisan talking points on listening tour

Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission hear public testimony during a hearing at the Mesa Convention Center on Aug. 9, 2021. Photo by Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Members of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission hear public testimony during a hearing at the Mesa Convention Center on Aug. 9, 2021. Photo by Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror