Arizona Politics News


White House announces pick for U.S. attorney for Arizona
The White House has announced President Joe Biden’s pick to be the top federal prosecutor in Arizona. Gary Restaino is a longtime assistant U.S. attorney, who helped win convictions against former Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi.
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Senators Call For Navarretes Resignation, Investigation
As calls for Sen. Tony Navarrete’s resignation mount, the Senate Ethics Committee chair announced she’ll pursue an investigation of the Phoenix Democrat.
Aug. 9, 2021
Businesses Press Government Leaders For Action On Climate Change
Hundreds of companies have signed onto letters to government leaders, encouraging them to take action on climate change. The letters to President Joe Biden, Gov. Doug Ducey, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and others urge a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by the end of the decade.
Aug. 9, 2021
What To Know About Felony Child Sex Crime Charges Against Navarrete
Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarete is facing seven felony charges for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with minors. The Phoenix Democrat was arrested late last week; he could spend nearly 50 years in prison if he’s convicted on all seven counts.
Aug. 9, 2021
Sinema: Infrastructure Bill Takes On Drought, Wildfires
The U.S. Senate is drawing closer to voting on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill brokered in part by Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Sen. Sinema released a video discussing what the package would mean for Arizonans, including how the bill would help Arizona through its long drought.
Aug. 8, 2021
Redistricting Commission Wraps Up Public Meetings
Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission will finish the first round of its 2021 public meetings early this week, with an in-person session Monday in Mesa and a virtual one on Tuesday.
Aug. 8, 2021
How The Infrastructure Bill Would Benefit AZ Contractors
The Senate moved closer to passing a $1 trillion infrastructure package Saturday after lawmakers from both parties voted to clear a key procedural hurdle. The bill is expected to positively impact Arizona’s construction industry.
Aug. 8, 2021
Watch These Key Issues As Feds Probe Phoenix Police
Justice Department investigators plan to put under a microscope allegations of civil and constitutional rights violations by the Phoenix Police Department.
Aug. 7, 2021
Audit Finds Barbers Board Failed To Do Job Thoroughly
On its website, the Arizona State Board of Barbers mission statement is “to ensure that the public health safety and welfare is protected from the incompetent practice of barbering.”
Aug. 9, 2021
Ducey Aide: Arizona Schools Adopting Mask Mandates Are Virtue Signaling
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is taking verbal slaps at schools that he contends are violating a law on masking he signed. "They should spend less time on virtue signaling, encouraging students to break the law, and more time on encouraging people to get the vaccine,'' said spokesman C.J. Karamargin.
List: Arizona School Districts Requiring Masks
Aug. 6, 2021
What Bidens New Immigration Adviser Means For Trump-Era Policies
The Trump administration was heavily focused on immigration policy. Progressives and immigration activists have been impatiently waiting for the Biden administration to reverse some of those policies.
Aug. 6, 2021
ACLU Sues Biden As Border Sees Surge In Asylum Seekers
The Biden administration has resumed Title 42, part of a public health act that was enacted under the Trump administration at the beginning of the pandemic.
Aug. 6, 2021
Stare Senator Arrested, Accused Of Sex Acts With Minor
Arizona state Sen. Tony Navarrete was arrested Thursday, Phoenix police confirmed. In all, the Democrat faces seven felony charges: five counts of sexual conduct with a minor, one count of molestation of a child and one count of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.
Aug. 6, 2021
Council Had No Idea Probe Into Police Was Coming
News of a federal investigation into the city and Phoenix Police Department took leaders by surprise Thursday. “We had no idea that this was coming,” said Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia. He told KJZZ that city leaders were notified about an hour before the U.S. Department of Justice’s news conference in Washington, D.C.
U.S. To Investigate Phoenix Police Over Excessive Force Allegations
Phoenix Police Chief, Union, Activist React To Investigation
Aug. 5, 2021
More Than 150 Physicians Urge Arizona Gov. Ducey To Mandate Masks In K-12 Schools
More than 150 Arizona medical professionals called for a statewide mask mandate in K-12 schools, despite a new law signed by the governor that bars public schools from requiring students and staff to wear face coverings.
Aug. 5, 2021
What To Expect From Suits Over School Mask Mandates
The requirement that all students and staff wear masks inside Phoenix Union High School buildings will stand — at least for now.
Aug. 5, 2021
How 2 Arizona Journalists Debunked Cyber Ninjas Claim About 74,000 Ballots
Last month, testimony from Doug Logan, the CEO of Cyber Ninjas, raised further concerns about the group's veracity when he said that more than 74,000 mail-in ballots had been counted without any "clear record of them being sent." The Arizona Mirror and data guru Garrett Archer of ABC15 teamed up to learn more about those ballots.
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Aug. 4, 2021
2 More Phoenix School Districts To Require Masks
The Osborn and Roosevelt elementary school districts are the latest to issue mask mandates for their students and staff in response to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the more transmissible delta variant.
Aug. 3, 2021
Vaccinated State Lawmaker Tests Positive For COVID-19
A vaccinated Arizona state lawmaker announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.
Aug. 3, 2021
Judge Orders AZ Senate To Produce 2020 Audit Records
A judge has ordered the Arizona Senate to immediately produce the records it has related to the audit of the 2020 election — even those in the hands of Cyber Ninjas Inc., the private firm hired to conduct the review.
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Aug. 3, 2021
Valley Metro CEO On Phoenixs Transportation Needs
In the Phoenix area, Proposition 400 — approved by voters in 2004 — led to advances in freeways and public transit. But as its expiration date approaches in the next few years, planners are trying to figure out what could be next — what the area needs and what is actually doable.
Aug. 3, 2021