Arizona Politics News


Townsend subpoenas election info from Maricopa County, despite it being available
The head of the Arizona Senate Government Committee has subpoenaed Maricopa County officials for records detailing how the recent general election was run.
Hobbs hopes lawmakers will work across the aisle on abortion
On the campaign trail, Katie Hobbs promised she would work to repeal the Arizona's near-total abortion ban. But the governor-elect may face challenges.
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Republican Gov. Ducey meets with Democrat Gov.-elect Hobbs
Outgoing Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday that his Republican administration will ensure an orderly transition to Democrat Katie Hobbs, his first public statement on her victory.
Maricopa County injects $3.6 million into emergency HVAC repair program
Maricopa County has dedicated more money to a program designed to provide complimentary air conditioning repairs to homeowners in the Valley.
Sept. 3, 2022
Katie Hobbs hasnt agreed to debate Kari Lake. She proposes this alternative instead
Democrat Katie Hobbs has yet to agree to debate her opponent in the Arizona governor's race, Kari Lake, and instead proposed back-to-back town hall-style interviews that will keep her separated from the conservative firebrand.
Sept. 2, 2022
Tempe enforces Town Lake trespassing ban
On Thursday, the city of Tempe enforced a trespassing ban on homeless individuals living outside near Tempe Town Lake. The move follows an outreach to provide unsheltered individuals with housing, services and resources. Paul Bentley is the deputy human services director for Tempe.
Sept. 3, 2022
KJZZs Friday NewsCap: Why Katie Hobbs may be hesitant debate Kari Lake
The fate of Arizona's gubernatorial debate is in limbo as Democratic candidate Katie Hobbs considers whether or not to participate with Republican candidate Kari Lake.
Sept. 2, 2022
WATCH: Biden delivers speech about democracy
President Joe Biden traveled to Philadelphia to deliver a speech about what the White House calls the "battle for the soul of the nation" outside Independence Hall. The speech comes two months before the midterm elections and as his travel schedule, especially to the battleground state of Pennsylvania, has ramped up.
Sept. 1, 2022
Controversial speaker at ASU underscores division in the Republican party
College Republicans United, a splinter group at ASU, has invited a speaker who espouses racist views. College Republicans at ASU, a different and officially ASU-recognized club, has strongly condemned the event
Sept. 1, 2022
Phoenix approves $232,000 contract for interim police chief
The Phoenix City Council approved a one-year contract for an interim police chief to begin Sept. 12. Michael Sullivan will replace retiring Chief Jeri Williams. In Baltimore, Sullivan led police reform efforts following a federal investigation and he will lead Phoenix through an open Department of Justice investigation into use of force, retaliation and discriminatory policing.
Sept. 1, 2022
Group says migrant bussing program is helpful
Arizona and Texas are sending chartered buses of asylum seekers to the Washington D.C. area. They are two controversial programs that some, including the Biden administration, have billed as political theater at a costly taxpayer expense. But an aid group part of the effort tells a different story.
Sept. 1, 2022
¿Tiene alguna pregunta sobre las elecciones de medio mandato?
Las elecciones de medio mandato de 2022 se avecinan: ¿tiene previsto votar? ¿sabe cómo votar, dónde hacerlo y qué puede necesitar cuando se presente en las urnas? ¿qué pasa si su registro de votantes está desactualizado o tiene un error, y tiene dificultades en las urnas: qué puede hacer?
Aug. 31, 2022
Supreme Court: Senate can withhold some audit records
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled the state Senate does not have to release all of its communications regarding the so-called audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County.
Aug. 31, 2022
Bowers says support for Trump is eroding
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers says that support for Donald Trump is eroding. In an MSNBC interview, he says that many in the GOP have reacted negatively towards the former president and his rhetoric.
Aug. 31, 2022
Sen. Kelly touts Arizona opportunities to rake in CHIPS Act funding
U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly says Arizona is “well-positioned” to take advantage of new funding available via the CHIPS and Science Act, which includes $52 billion dedicated to boosting domestic semiconductor manufacturing.
Aug. 31, 2022
AG files civil right lawsuit against Tucson over COVID-19 mandate
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday that it has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Tucson over its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements and related conduct.
Aug. 31, 2022
Tempe-based First Solar announces U.S. expansion
One of the goals of the Inflation Reduction Act was to spur investment in clean energy. A Tempe-based firm says it will expand its operations as a result.
Aug. 30, 2022
Judge fines Finchem, Kern, Gosar $75K for lawsuit
Three Republican lawmakers have to pay the legal fees of a Democrat foe after filing what a judge called a meritless lawsuit against her.
Aug. 30, 2022
Inflation Reduction Act could help Park Service staffing
The recently signed Inflation Reduction Act may help offset the shortage of National Park Service employees.
Aug. 30, 2022
Arizona Supreme Court upholds ruling disqualifying voting initiative from the ballot
The Arizona Supreme Court says a voter initiative rolling back Republican-backed election law changes and expanding voting access will not appear on the November ballot. The ruling issued Friday ends a week of on-again off-again court rulings.
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Aug. 26, 2022
Leaders hit the road to address AZs  affordable housing problem
The Arizona Legislature’s committee for housing supply is traveling the state next month to hear from communities about what they need to address housing shortages.
Aug. 29, 2022
Federal judge dismisses Kari Lake, Mark Finchem lawsuit over vote-counting machines
A federal judge has tossed out a bid by the top Republican candidates for statewide office to require ballots in this year's election be counted by hand.
Aug. 26, 2022
NewsCap: Arizonans may get to vote on dark money
This week, a judge ruled that an initiative seeking greater transparency for political spending will be on the November ballot. And debate continues on whether some Republican nominees can successfully shift to the middle.
Aug. 26, 2022