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Situational awareness: The near-total abortion ban will not take effect until June 27 at the earliest, a spokesperson for Attorney General Kris Mayes told Axios, because the Arizona Supreme Court was delayed in issuing a final mandate due to her unsuccessful request for the court to reconsider the ruling that reinstated it.

  • The previous effective date was June 8.

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1 big thing: Housing legislation talks underway

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Negotiations brokered by Gov. Katie Hobbs over possible legislation to alleviate Arizona's housing crisis have been underway since she vetoed a bill in March intended to foster construction of lower-cost starter homes.

Why it matters: The state faces a shortage of 270,000 housing units, according to a 2022 report by the Arizona Department of Housing, while rising prices have made available homes unaffordable for many Arizonans.

Catch up quick: Hobbs in her veto letter called the starter homes bill, which would've prohibited cities from requiring certain aesthetic and design features on single-family homes and barred mandates that people form homeowners associations, "a step too far."

  • She said she was optimistic about separate legislation promoting accessory dwelling units and "middle housing" like duplexes, triplexes and townhomes.

The latest: Lawmakers and representatives for cities, homebuilders, Realtors and others have held multiple meetings to discuss possible legislation, which they hope to pass before the session ends.

  • Rep. Michael Carbone (R-Buckeye) told Capitol Media Services he's close to a deal on his bill to increase middle housing in larger cities.

Zoom in: Though Hobbs facilitated the meetings, her administration's role has been more of a "referee between opposing sides," said Tom Farley, a lobbyist for the Arizona Association of Realtors, which supported the vetoed legislation.

Between the lines: Passing a starter homes bill will "take some give by local governments to give up some of their existing authority," Farley told Axios.

  • Rep. Leo Biasiucci (R-Lake Havasu City), who sponsored the starter homes bill, said they're in "middle zone" discussions, figuring out what cities, the governor and other stakeholders can agree on.

The other side: The League of Arizona Cities and Towns, which adamantly opposed the vetoed bill, wants to ensure any legislation that comes out of the discussions is "narrowly tailored" and doesn't grant a "blanket entitlement" to developers statewide, lobbyist Nick Ponder, who represents the league, told Axios.

Up against the clock

2. ASU joins pro-Palestinian protest movement

College campuses with reported encampments or sit-ins related to the war in Gaza
Data: Axios research; Note: Universities with joint encampments reported separately; Locations approximated for clarity; Map: Kavya Beheraj, Tory Lysik and Will Chase/Axios

College demonstrations and encampments calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and divestment in Israel erupted this month across the nation, including at Arizona State University, where 72 protesters were arrested over the weekend.

The big picture: The protests over the treatment of Palestinian citizens in the Israel-Hamas war spread after a demonstration at Columbia University drew international attention earlier this month when the university's president requested that the protesters be removed.

Zoom in: About 250 protesters established an encampment Friday on Alumni Lawn at ASU's Tempe campus, the Arizona Republic reported.

  • The protesters demands included: university divestment from Israel, ASU president Michael Crow's resignation and the abolition of ASU police, according to the Republic.

The intrigue: ASU Police arrested 72 people — 15 of whom were students — who refused to leave after they were asked repeatedly to disperse, according to the university.

  • Encampments are not allowed on ASU property. The arrested individuals were charged with criminal trespassing, per ASU.

Hobbs responds

3. Comedy en español

Photo illustration: Allie Carl/Axios. Photo: Angelo Colina

A Venezuelan-American comedian who is selling out shows with his entirely Spanish-language sets is bringing his act to Phoenix tomorrow.

Why it matters: The surging popularity of 29-year-old Angelo Colina comes as demand for Spanish-language content grows.

  • The U.S. is home to the second-largest population of Spanish speakers in the world, behind Mexico.

The intrigue: Colina tells Axios he estimates 15%-20% of his crowds are not native Spanish speakers, and he says his national tour intentionally visits cities without robust Latino populations.

  • Colina, who moved to the U.S. at age 24 to help support his family in Salt Lake City, tells Axios he didn't always perform in Spanish.
  • "It was mostly knowing that everything that I wrote in Spanish and then translated to English was better than writing in English from the start," says Colina, who now lives in New York.

What to expect: Colina riffs on the crowd and their different backgrounds, having fun with accents such as Argentinian ("they're always trying to convince you of something") and of course his own Venezuelan dialect.

If you go: He plays Desert Ridge Improv at 7:30pm tomorrow. Tickets start at $25.

Dile a un amigo

4. Chips & salsa: Little Miss tries chicken

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

🍗 The owners of Little Miss BBQ opened Full Speed Chicken and Ribs on Roosevelt Row over the weekend. The menu includes fried chicken, pork ribs and buttermilk biscuits. (AZcentral)

🧑‍🎤 Billie Eilish will bring her "Hit Me Hard and Soft" tour to Glendale's Desert Diamond Arena on Dec. 13. The general public ticket sale starts Friday. (Axios)

⛷️ Arizona Snowbowl got more than 30 inches of snow over the weekend, just in time for its final two days of the ski season this Saturday and Sunday. (KTAR)

Out today: Inside Axios

Cover: Harmony

Axios cofounder, CEO and friend Jim VandeHei is out today with a new book — "Just the Good Stuff: No-BS Secrets to Success" — about lessons learned starting and running Politico and then Axios.

Why it matters: Jim offers dozens of easy to understand — and implement — ideas for dealing with the tough stuff of life and work: picking careers, dealing with bad bosses or jerks, overcoming insecurities or health scares.

Cool twist: All the net proceeds go to students who need help paying for vocational school or a 2- or 4-year-college.

🎓 It's a terrific graduation gift: Jim details how he went from a 1.491 GPA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to a success on the national stage.

  • The book also provides an inside look at the Axios culture animating this newsletter.

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5. 😋 Bite Club: Find it at Eureka!

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

👋 Jeremy here. There are a lot of new restaurants on the horizon at Novus Place in Tempe, but Eureka! is now open and worth checking out.

State of play: Eureka! is a chain with a menu that's big on gourmet burgers, plus signature sandwiches and other entrees.

  • It opened its first Arizona location in Tempe in February.

What to try: The Fresno Fig burger seemed interesting, with fig marmalade, bacon, goat cheese, arugula and spicy porter mustard.

  • I'm not normally big on sweet potato fries, but Eureka!'s, made with cinnamon and drizzled with honey, sounded incredible.

The unique mix of flavors, not normally associated with a burger, was delicious and did not stand out as bizarre.

  • I can't say enough about the sweet potato fries. They could've been a dessert and I'm already craving another order.

Share the yummy news

🍽 Jeremy's wife made some incredible pavlova over the weekend and you should all be jealous.

📺 Jessica is enjoying the new "Franklin" miniseries on Apple TV+.

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

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