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1 big thing: Senate repeals abortion ban

Abortion rights supporters gather last month. Photo: Rebecca Noble/Getty Images

The Arizona Senate voted yesterday to repeal the state's pre-Roe ban on nearly all abortions, the final step before it goes to Gov. Katie Hobbs, who plans to sign it this afternoon.

Why it matters: Repealing the ban, which dates to early territorial days in 1864, will allow a 2022 law permitting abortions through 15 weeks of pregnancy to go into effect.

Reality check: That won't happen until 90 days after the legislative session ends.

  • Sessions have no set time limits, and the only deadline lawmakers face is July 1, the date by which they must pass a budget.

The big picture: Republican lawmakers spent more than three hours lamenting the expected repeal and shaming the two members of their own party — Shawnna Bolick of Phoenix and T.J. Shope of Coolidge — who joined the Senate's 14 Democrats to undo the 1864 law.

  • "We are getting rolled again by two Republicans to repeal one of the best, strongest pro-life measures in the country," Sen. Jake Hoffman of Queen Creek said on the floor.

Driving the news: In a 20-minute floor speech yesterday, Bolick shared stories of her three pregnancies — including one that ended with a dilation and curettage (D&C) procedure to remove a non-viable fetus — to illustrate how "not every pregnancy is the same."

  • She also noted that keeping the 1864 ban on the books would make it more likely that voters would support the Arizona Abortion Access Act ballot measure, which she said goes "way too far."
  • "I am here to protect more babies," Bolick said.

Between the lines: The ban is likely to take effect before the repeal, but not until at least 45 days after the Arizona Supreme Court issues its final mandate, a date that won't come until June 27 at the earliest, the attorney general's office said.

  • Attorney General Kris Mayes on Tuesday asked the court to withhold its final mandate for an additional 90 days while she decides whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

What we're watching

2. Quote du jour: The Suns' house isn't on fire

Kevin Durant walks off the court on Sunday. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

"I feel like the narrative around the house is burning, it's incorrect. The Phoenix Suns are doing great. Excellent. Not as good as we want to be and not as good as we're going to do next year. And that's what we're going to figure out."
— Suns owner Mat Ishbia at a press conference yesterday, when he and general manager James Jones sounded an optimistic note about the team's future after a disheartening end to the season.

3. Carin León world tour coming to Phoenix

Carin León performs at Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Photo: Evan Schaben/Getty Images

Música mexicana artist Carin León is going on tour this fall, including a stop in Phoenix.

Driving the news: AEG announced the international "Boca Chueca Tour" after León made debut appearances at Coachella and Stagecoach last month.

What's next: León will open for the Rolling Stones on Tuesday at State Farm Stadium.

  • His tour will come to Footprint Center on Sept. 12.

Presale tickets are available now and regular ticket sales begin Saturday.

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4. Chips & salsa: "Goons" budget hit

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

💸 The Gilbert Police Department is facing a $2.3 million budget shortfall in part because of the added workload from the "Gilbert Goons" teen violence cases. (AZcentral)

🥕 A Whole Foods will replace the Fry's Food Stores location at Indian School and Miller roads in Scottsdale, which is closing at the end of the month. (Phoenix Business Journal)

🐝 Topps released a limited edition trading card of the specialist who removed a swarm of bees above home plate before Tuesday night's Diamondbacks game. (Sports Illustrated)

5. 👀 Where in the Valley?

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

Welcome to another edition of "Where in the Valley?"

How it works: We show you something cool. You tell us where it is.

  • The first reader who names the spot gets a shout-out in the newsletter.

You tell us: Where in the Valley can you find this turtle?

🦠 Jeremy thought he'd successfully fought off a cold from last week, but it finally caught up with him.

👕 Jessica is bummed to have missed Tim Robinson's Phoenix show last night. She hopes all the shirt brothers out there had fun.

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

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