By Evan Bell
Social media can be a powerful tool, or “just another place to put your foot in your mouth,” as two Arizona lawmakers found. Sen. Jeff Flake apologized for a son’s use of offensive slurs on Twitter, while Rep. Trent Franks was blasted online for comments about rape and abortion.
Republicans tried to quiet the flap over Rep. Trent Franks’ abortion comments by quietly amending his bill to include language allowing abortions in cases of rape or incest. Franks' bill, to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, could come up for a vote this week.
Environmental groups expressed concerns about the preferred route for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, which would run from New Mexico to southeastern Arizona. They say the route could threaten sensitive areas, even as it opens markets for renewable energy.
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