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1 big thing: "Pinkwashing" finger-pointing

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Some Arizona reproductive rights advocates are accusing a candidate of "pinkwashing," or overstating her pro-choice endorsements to sway voters.

Why it matters: With abortion expected to be one of the biggest vote drivers this cycle, candidates across the political spectrum are trying to prove they support women's rights.

The big picture: Pinkwashing — a play on whitewashing — is also used to describe politicians, nonprofits and corporations who some say are disingenuous in their support for women or the LGBTQ community.

  • Susan G. Komen, a breast cancer organization, got slapped with the term after it stopped funding cancer screening services at Planned Parenthood in 2012 (the foundation reversed course in 2014).
  • More recently, pinkwashing has been used to describe Israel proponents who use Hamas' anti-LGBTQ policies to bolster support in the Israel-Hamas war.

Driving the news: District 3 congressional candidate Yassamin Ansari last week announced an endorsement from Michelle Steinberg, the former Planned Parenthood Arizona public policy director.

  • Representatives of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona and Reproductive Freedom for All Arizona were quick to point out that the current leadership of both organizations support Ansari's Democratic primary opponent, Raquel Terán.

What they're saying: "You should NOT be proud of pink-washing," Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona senior adviser Chris Love responded to Ansari on X.

The intrigue: In this case, both candidates are pro-choice and have solid progressive records. The controversy boils down to who got the official endorsements from the abortion rights organizations.

  • District 3 is one of the most liberal districts in the state, so candidates must find ways to differentiate themselves in the competitive Democratic primary.

Between the lines: Planned Parenthood Action Fund did not respond to Axios' questions about why they endorsed Terán or how her abortion record differs from those of her Democratic opponents.

  • Reproductive Freedom for All president and CEO Mini Timmaraju in a statement commended Terán's decades of experience, including her working to get pro-abortion rights candidates elected as chair of the Arizona Democratic Party in 2022.

The other side: "No other candidate in this race has a better legislative record of protecting abortion rights for Arizona women than [Ansari]," campaign spokesperson Pasquale Luz said in a statement.

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2. EV-friendly homes in the Valley

Photo: Julian Stratenschulte/Picture Alliance via Getty Images

Phoenix is among the better cities in the U.S. if you want to charge your electric vehicle at home, though we've still got some catching up to do.

Why it matters: Homes with electric vehicle chargers could hold greater resale value as more car buyers make the switch, Realtor.com chief economist Danielle Hale says.

By the numbers: Only 1.1% of homes for sale in the Valley in 2023 were equipped with electric vehicle chargers, according to a recent report by Realtor.com and Cox Automotive.

  • That ranked Phoenix as the 21st most EV-friendly city in the report, putting us on par with Las Vegas and Sarasota, Florida.
  • In Tucson, only 0.7% of home listings were EV-friendly.

Zoom in: Home chargers are more common in areas with high EV ownership rates.

  • The Phoenix area has yet to catch up with America's electric vehicle hotpots — a study from mobility analytics platform Replica showed Maricopa County ranks 127th in the U.S. when it comes to EV miles traveled per 1,000 residents.

Note: Cox Automotive's parent company, Cox Enterprises, also owns Axios.

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3. 🤔 What are they building?

A rendering of the new Gateway Library. Courtesy of city of Mesa

Mesa officials broke ground Saturday on the city's first new full-service library in more than 25 years.

The big picture: The 28,000-square-foot Gateway Library, near Ray and Crismon roads in the Eastmark community, will include a collaborative workspace and maker space, digital art display wall and outdoor plaza for community events when it opens next summer, according to the city.

Between the lines: Mesa's population has exploded in the past two decades, driven mainly by new development in the southeastern part of the city.

  • The project will be funded by the voter-approved 2018 general obligation bond and construction sales tax.

What they're saying: "We are excited about having an architecturally stunning, innovative library providing a much-needed service to this part of Mesa," Mesa Public Library director Polly Bonnett said in a statement.

🗣 You tell us: Is there a construction site or vacant lot in your area that you've been wondering about?

  • Let us know where it is and we'll check it out for a future edition of "What are they building?"

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4. Chips & salsa: Rudy gets served

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🏛 The Arizona AG's Office served Rudy Giuliani with notice of his indictment in the fake electors case Friday night. He was the final defendant to be served. (NBC News)

🔥 The Wildcat Fire in Tonto National Forest grew to at least 13,600 acres, prompting road closures. (12 News)

🗑 Phoenix is switching its bulk trash pickup schedule to an appointment system beginning Sept. 30. (KJZZ)

🗳 Sedona voters will decide the fate of a controversial program allowing workers to sleep in their cars in a park after opponents collected enough signatures to refer it to the ballot. (AZcentral)

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5. Chart du jour: Frequent-flier Cardinals

Table showing the total mileage NFL teams will travel in the 2024-25 regular season. The Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will travel the most, each over 25,000 total miles in their road games.
Data: Bookies.com; Table: Axios Visuals

The Arizona Cardinals will travel more than 21,000 miles to face their opponents this season, according to Bookies.com.

  • That's more travel than the majority of NFL teams but less than any other NFC West team.

Zoom in: The Cards kick off the 2024 season at the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 8.

Friday's newsletter included an incorrect link to our full story on Arizona school segregation. Read the story here.

📚 Jeremy and other local journalists will discuss books they've written at Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Saturday afternoon. I hope you can join us!

😎 Jessica is enjoying the cooler temperatures of Denver.

This newsletter was edited by Hadley Malcolm and copy edited by Jay Bennett.

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