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.
9 hours ago
Phoenix Elementary Becomes 2nd AZ School District To Mandate Masks
After hearing from more than a dozen parents and teachers concerned about students' and staff safety amidst the growing number of COVID-19 cases and the delta variant, the Phoenix Elementary School District's governing board voted to re-instate its mask mandate despite a new state law prohibiting this.
Aug. 3, 2021
County Supervisors Challenge Senate To Enforce Its Latest Election Subpoena, If They Can
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors rejected the latest subpoena of election-related materials made by two top Arizona state senators, in part because the Republicans in charge of the Senate don’t have enough votes to enforce the subpoena.
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Aug. 2, 2021
Boas: One Day, Democrats Will Appreciate Sinema
Since becoming a senator, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and she’s credited with being one of the leaders of a bipartisan infrastructure package. But she has faced deep criticism from more progressive members of the Democratic Party.
Aug. 2, 2021
Push For Chandler Non-Discrimination Ordinance Continues Despite Delayed Vote
Many cities around the state have passed non-discrimination ordinances to protect their LGBTQ communities in recent years. But in Chandler, an effort to get the City Council to pass an ordinance extending protections in housing, employment and public places to gay and lesbian people stalled last month.
Aug. 2, 2021
Federal Laws Shield Individual Donors To GOP Audit
Groups linked to Donald Trump and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election have put more than $5.6 million into the audit run by a man who himself has touted some of the same rhetoric. But it's unlikely that Arizonans ever will find out who is really behind all that cash.
July 30, 2021
Phoenix School District To Require All Students, Staff Wear Face Mask
The Phoenix Union High School District has announced it will require all students, staff and visitors wear face coverings when schools start on Monday, Aug. 2, despite a new state law that bans public schools from doing this.
Yavapai County School District Cancels Classes Due To COVID-19 Cases
July 30, 2021
Justice Department Warns States About Violating Federal Law As Many Consider Election Audits
Groups including the Brennan Center made requests to the U.S. Department of Justice to potentially take action against the Maricopa County 2020 election audit. And with other states at least considering similar efforts, the calls to the DOJ have gotten louder. A new piece by Politico indicates the DOJ is taking those concerns seriously.
July 30, 2021
Ducey Among 12 GOP Governors Who Want Roe V. Wade Overturned
Gov. Doug Ducey wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it's historic decision in Roe v. Wade and leave the question of whether to allow abortion in Arizona, and elsewhere, to state lawmakers.
July 30, 2021
Grijalva Calls For Reform To 1872 Mining Law In Hearing
Congressman Raul Grijalva said Tuesday that he will introduce legislation to reform U.S. mining laws. The Arizona Democrat says after about 150 years, some changes are due.
July 29, 2021
AZ Education Officials Strongly Encourage Face Masks In Schools
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now strongly recommending all K-12 teachers, students and staff 一 regardless of whether they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not 一 wearing face covering, Arizona public schools can't require them.
July 28, 2021
Phoenix, Peoria, Tucson Resume Mask Mandates
Arizona cities are changing their policies on face coverings. The move comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended vaccinated people resume wearing masks indoors and in high-risk areas.
July 28, 2021
Fontes Testifies Before House Committee About Election Worker Intimidation, Voter Subversion
Testifying before the Committee on House Administration, several politicians, experts and election officials spoke about voter suppression, subversion, and election worker intimidation.
July 28, 2021
Interfaith Groups Work To Stop Voter Suppression
Interfaith groups are working harder now to do what they can to support communities that may be facing greater voting challenges because of moves by lawmakers. To learn about their efforts, The Show spoke with Rev. Katie Sexton-Wood of the Arizona Faith Network.
July 28, 2021
Buttigieg Talks Transit, Broadband Infrastructure For AZ
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was in Phoenix earlier this month to talk about infrastructure needs here. The Show spoke with him to learn what he sees as the biggest needs for the Phoenix metro area.
July 28, 2021
Maricopa County Recorder: Fraud Claims In 2020 Election Baseless
Polling shows the majority of Republicans believe former President Donald Trump’s debunked claims of fraud, and many baselessly expect him to be reinstated. Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, a Republican who defeated a Democrat in the 2020 election, isn’t among them.
July 28, 2021
Senate Subpoenas More Info From County, Wants Records From Hobbs In Ongoing Audit
State Senate Republican leaders have subpoenaed more information from Maricopa County, as the audit of last year’s election continues. At the same time, the Senate’s liaison to the audit, former Secretary of State Ken Bennett, has been barred from the process and has talked about resigning the position.
July 28, 2021
Fann: Bennett Will Remain Part Of AZ Senate Election Audit
Ken Bennett is unhappy with what's going on at the Senate's audit of the 2020 election and threatened Wednesday to quit, though it now looks like he's staying on
July 28, 2021
Developer Breaks Ground For Downtown Phoenix High-Rise
A Chicago-based developer broke ground Tuesday for a luxury high-rise project in downtown Phoenix.
Aug. 1, 2021
Gosar, Biggs Speak At D.C. News Conference Cut Short By Protesters
Police officers testified on Capitol Hill on Tuesday about violent and at times racially-fueled attacks by pro-Trump insurrectionists on Jan. 6. Blocks away, Republican congressmen from Arizona took part in a news conference asking if suspected rioters who remain jailed are being treated fairly.
July 27, 2021
House Committee To Take Up Mining Act Of 1872
The House Committee on Natural Resources will discuss changes Tuesday to a mining law that dates back to 1872.
July 26, 2021