Arizona Politics News


What has — or hasnt — been achieved in gun reform since Giffords shooting
As the world struggles to address another mass shooting at an elementary school, some Arizonans have been working nonstop for years to reform gun laws in a state and country generally resistant to such efforts.
Tensions high at AZ Senate during school shooting debate
Tensions were high on the Arizona Senate floor Wednesday as lawmakers debated the root causes of this week’s shooting at an elementary school in Texas.
Senate committee will investigate Rogers online comments
The Arizona Senate's ethics committee voted Wednesday to formally investigate a Republican lawmaker's online comments that appeared to blame the federal government for the recent massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Former CIA analyst says Putins actions align with his personality
Russia’s decision to invade Ukraine has helped reestablish Western alliances in ways that few observers would have predicted even a few weeks ago.
March 2, 2022
AZ delegation responds to Bidens 1st State of the Union
At President Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address, he denounced Russia for its invasion of Ukraine while also promising to alleviate pain for Americans. Arizona lawmakers were watching, too, with mixed reactions. Both parties applauded Biden’s resolve on Ukraine, but were split on his economic message.
March 2, 2022
Voter ID measure heads to ballot for Arizonans to decide
Arizona voters will decide in November whether to change the state’s voter identification laws.
March 1, 2022
Arizona Senate censures Sen. Wendy Rogers for threats and calls to violence
Arizona state senators decided Tuesday to do something they’ve never done before: censure one of their own. By a 24-3 margin, lawmakers voted to censure Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) for "conduct unbecoming of a senator.”
March 1, 2022
AZ Mirror: White nationalists have allies in AZ politics
A group of people known as the “groyper army” has become increasingly active in far-right politics, trying to extend their brand of white nationalism. And they’ve got some supporters among elected politicians in Arizona.
March 1, 2022
WATCH: Biden delivers State of the Union
President Joe Biden delivered the State of the Union at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds gave the GOP response
March 1, 2022
After Ducey defends supporting Rogers, her inflammatory rhetoric spurs some GOP criticism
Last week, Gov. Doug Ducey defended spending roughly $500,000 to help elect Republican Wendy Rogers, a state senator known for lying about the results of the 2020 election, making inflammatory remarks on social media and her ties to the white nationalist movement.
Feb. 28, 2022
Arizona GOP files legal challenge to end no-excuse early ballot system
The Arizona Republican Party is trying to kill the preferred method of voting of more than 80% of state residents. Legal papers filed Friday ask the Arizona Supreme Court to conclude that there is nothing in the state constitution to allow for early voting.
Feb. 28, 2022
AZ lawmakers set to ask voters to put new requirements on early voting
Arizona voters may decide whether to impose new requirements on residents who vote by mail.
Feb. 28, 2022
What current voting bills share with discriminatory laws from the 1960s
A long list of voting and election-related bills are still being considered by state lawmakers, and some — especially by those on the left side of the political aisle — are being called discriminatory.
Feb. 28, 2022
Boas: Splitting county is monumentally bad idea
Arizona House Bill 2787, sponsored by Republican Rep. Jake Hoffman, would divide Maricopa County into four separate counties.
Feb. 28, 2022
Professor: Judge nominee has impressive background
Last week, President Biden nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to fill the upcoming vacancy on the United States Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman to be nominated for the position. ASU Law Professor Paul Bender says Jackson is an impressive nominee with a unique background.
Feb. 27, 2022
AZ politicians urge U.S. Senate to pass solar energy investments
Legislative advocates for solar power in Arizona are looking to the federal government for funding, in the form of a $500 million solar energy investment bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last year.
Feb. 26, 2022
Ukrainian church supporting parishioners, sending aid
A Phoenix Ukrainian Catholic Orthodox Church has spent the past week reaching out to parishioners with ties to Ukraine. St. Mary’s Church President Victor Szwez says the church is keeping its doors open as often as possible.
Feb. 26, 2022
GOP effort to avoid a ballot referendum on tax cuts runs aground in AZ Senate
An effort to repeal and replace a nearly $2 billion income tax cut adopted last year — all to avoid giving voters a final say on whether the cut should take effect — has run aground, for now, in the Arizona Senate.
Feb. 25, 2022
AZ House rejects bill to ban abortion pills
A bill banning the manufacturing or prescribing of medication that would cause an abortion has been struck down in the state’s House of Representatives.
Feb. 25, 2022
Arizona wants to resume executions after 7-year hiatus
Prosecutors on Thursday asked the Arizona Supreme Court to issue an execution warrant for a convicted killer that if carried out would be the state's first use of the death penalty in seven years.
Feb. 25, 2022
House passes bill requiring teachers to tell parents if students tell them something in confidence
The Arizona House of Representatives voted to require teachers to disclose to parents if a student told them something in confidence.
Feb. 25, 2022
Arizona Senate votes to create tax credit to lure movie, TV producers
The state Senate voted Thursday to create up to $150 million in state tax credits to lure producers to make movies and television shows in Arizona.
Feb. 25, 2022
Maricopa County now offers paid leave to either parent of newborn or adopted children
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to adopt a new parental leave policy on Wednesday, touting itself as one of the largest government sector employers in Arizona to offer paid leave to either parent.
Feb. 24, 2022