Arizona Politics News


Hotels In Tempe And Flagstaff Purchased To Be Repurposed For Homeless Assistance
This week, two Arizona hotels, one in Tempe and one in Flagstaff, were sold to create affordable and transitional housing for vulnerable communities. NewGen Advisory is the company facilitating those purchases, one by the City of Tempe and one by Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona.
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What Duceys 3 New ABOR Picks Could Mean For Arizona Universities
Gov. Doug Ducey recently made three new appointments to the Arizona Board of Regents, the body that sets university tuition prices. The Show spoke more about the new appointments — and what they will mean for the state’s university system — with Alison Steinbach, who covers higher education for the Arizona Republic.
July 21, 2021
AZ Independent Redistricting Commission Begins Public Meetings Friday
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission will begin its first round of statewide public hearings on Friday in Pinal County.
July 21, 2021
2 AZ School Districts, Ducey At Odds Over COVID-19 Quarantine Policy
In a letter to Kaitlin Harrier, the governor's education policy adviser, attorneys from the Catalina Foothills School District and the Peoria Unified School District say the schools are within their legal rights to to keep unvaccinated students who have been exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of school for up to two weeks.
July 20, 2021
Leaked Footage From Florence Prison Shows Guards Being Held Captive
Two years ago, an ABC15 investigation showed video inside the Lewis State Prison in Arizona that rocked the Arizona Department of Corrections. Dave Biscobing has gotten a hold of more leaked video, this time from the Florence State Prison, that shows officers being held against their will.
July 20, 2021
Brnovich Asks SCOTUS To Overturn Death Penalty Ruling
The Arizona attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse decisions from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in two death penalty cases.
July 19, 2021
AZ AGs Office Sues 2 Tucson Real Estate Companies
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is suing two Tucson-based real estate companies for consumer fraud. Both businesses are managed by the same person, whose companies have been under investigation by the state Attorney General’s office for several years.
July 17, 2021
Federal Judge Rescinds Arizona Prison Health Care Settlement, Orders New Trial
Citing "pervasive material breaches" of Arizona's prison health care class action settlement, U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver rescinded the settlement and ordered the Department of Corrections and prisoner attorneys to prepare for a trial.
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July 16, 2021
Phoenix Delays Full Return To Workplace Plan
Phoenix has postponed its return to workplace plans due to a rising COVID-19 community transmission rate.
July 16, 2021
PV Councilman Accused Of Stealing Cross From Memorial
Scottsdale detectives have found probable cause to file charges against Paradise Valley Town Councilman Paul Dembow for theft, according to police. Dembow was allegedly caught on camera stealing a cross from a memorial made for a man killed after being struck by a car in 2015.
July 16, 2021
Election Audit To Continue, With More Subpoenas And Possible Voter Survey
Claiming to have found discrepancies in Maricopa County’s voting records, vendors hired by state Senate Republicans said more subpoenas should be issued to the county and recommended going door-to-door to ask voters about their ballot.
Judge: Public Has Right To Know Who Is Paying For Election Audit
July 15, 2021
Judge Says Public Has Right To Know Who Is Paying For Election Audit
A judge Thursday ruled that the public has a right to know who is paying for the outside audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County.
July 15, 2021
Two AZ Districts Respond To Ducey Letters Saying Quarantine Policies Violate Law
The Arizona Governor’s Office sent two letters to Peoria Unified School District and Catalina Foothills School District, informing them that their quarantine policies for unvaccinated students were breaking the law.
July 15, 2021
2020 Election Recount Finished, But Audit Demands Not Over
The so-called audit of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County that Republicans in the Arizona state Senate are conducting is coming to a head.
July 15, 2021
COVID-19 Relief Money And Tax Cuts: Treasury Pushes Back On Brnovich
Lawyers for the U.S. Treasury are asking a federal judge to throw out state Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s bid that Congress can't keep Arizona from using any of its COVID-19 relief dollars to cut taxes for businesses and individuals.
July 15, 2021
Phoenix Mayor Gallego Talks Infrastructure With Biden
The mayor of Phoenix was among a group of top state and city officials who talked infrastructure with President Biden on Wednesday at the White House.
July 14, 2021
Maricopa County Courts Expand Access To Facilities
Starting next week, the restrictions that began 15 months ago for some courts in Maricopa County are ending. This also includes Superior Court and probation department offices.
July 14, 2021
U.S. House Oversight Committee Launches Investigation Of AZ Audit
Top Democrats serving on the U.S. House Oversight Committee are launching an investigation of the GOP-led review of the 2020 Maricopa County election results.
County Supervisors Vote To Replace Subpoenaed Election Equipment
July 14, 2021
Maricopa County Supervisors Vote To Replace Subpoenaed Election Equipment
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $2.8 million replacing election equipment subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate, then turned over to uncertified vendors hired by Republican lawmakers for a review of the county’s 2020 election results.
July 14, 2021
Out-Of-Town State Lawmakers Get Boost In Per Diem
Being an Arizona state senator or representative only pays $24,000 a year. But lawmakers also get a daily allowance — a per diem that’s supposed to cover the cost of their living expenses while traveling to and working at the state Capitol during legislative sessions. At the end of June, those lawmakers voted to boost that daily allowance, at least for anyone representing a district outside Maricopa County.
July 14, 2021
USA Today Links Ducey With Efforts To Extract $100M
In his latest piece, Craig Harris, a reporter with USA Today who formerly worked at the Arizona Republic, investigated why Ducey and a handful of his top staffers supported a multi-year effort by a powerful Texas businessman and Republican donor to extract millions of dollars in tax refunds from Arizona’s Department of Revenue.
July 14, 2021