Arizona Politics News


Sinema says shes negotiating in good faith with Biden
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said it should come as “no surprise” that she hasn’t been transparent with the public about where she stands on President Biden’s economic agenda.
A court annulled a Trump era water policy. It matters across AZ
The Navigable Waters Protection Rule was a boon to some farmers and ranchers, but worried environmental groups as it significantly cut back the scope of bodies of water that were subject to federal oversight. But now, an Arizona district court is turning back the clock on the Trump administration’s new rule.
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Oct. 11, 2021
AZDHS releases residential ZIP codes for Social Equity Marijuana Licenses
As part of last year’s ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana, the Department of Health Services is required to issue 26 retail licenses to people in communities affected by Arizona’s biased enforcement of previous marijuana laws.
Oct. 10, 2021
On Monday, Tempe to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day
The city of Tempe has opted to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day on Monday instead of Columbus Day. The City Council passed the resolution last month.
Oct. 9, 2021
Friese says hell resign from the Arizona House
Tucson Democrat Randy Friese plans to resign from the Arizona House of Representatives before a new legislative session begins in January. Friese said the decision will free up time for his full-time job as a trauma surgeon at Banner University Medical Center in Tucson.
Oct. 8, 2021
Biography explores Silicon Valley billionaires political aspirations
In the new biography, "The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power," Max Chafkin explores Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s formative years, unique personality and ties to politics.
Oct. 8, 2021
Arizona Rep. Cook decries decision to deny Flagstaff FEMA aid
Due to burn scars from fires, Flagstaff has faced many different flood events recently. But the city was denied FEMA aid because not one of those events, in solitude, met the $10 million damage requirement.
Oct. 8, 2021
Biden to restore 3 national monuments cut by Trump
President Joe Biden is restoring two sprawling national monuments in Utah, reversing a decision by President Donald Trump that opened for mining and development some red-rock lands sacred to Native Americans and home to ancient cliff dwellings and petroglyphs.
Oct. 8, 2021
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has made progressives more than mad. Some are readying for 2024
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has made progressives more than mad. The Democrat’s opposition to raising the minimum wage, changing the filibuster and the price tag for President Joe Biden’s social spending plan have some groups poised to back a primary challenger in 2024.
LUCHA activist group confronts Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in ASU restroom
Oct. 8, 2021
Ducey rejects federal warning that hes misspending COVID-19 funds
Gov. Doug Ducey told the Arizona Republic he has “no plan” to alter two school grant programs that U.S. Treasury Department officials say violate federal spending rules.
More Arizona education news
Oct. 7, 2021
U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs says he doesnt know if Biden won
Congressman Andy Biggs said he can’t say for certain who won the popular vote for president in Arizona in 2020, a position election experts say contributes to dangerous levels of doubt and misinformation about voting.
Oct. 7, 2021
Census privacy protections may obscure important redistricting data
Every 10 years, officials revise federal, state and local voting districts based on the decennial census. But the methods used to keep census data anonymous might obscure the very facts meant to inform those decisions.
Oct. 7, 2021
Some hotels say parks policy is costing them business
Nineteen months into the pandemic, Phoenix is the only Arizona city that does not allow out of state teams to play at city-owned sports facilities.
Oct. 7, 2021
Maricopa County supervisors head to D.C. to testify about audit
Two Maricopa County supervisors traveled to Washington, D.C., to speak in front of the House Oversight Committee on Oct. 7 to provide testimony and answer questions about the so-called election audit.
Oct. 7, 2021
Push to regulate Phoenix construction wages fails
An effort by several Phoenix City Council members to regulate wages for certain workers failed Wednesday, but the issue is expected to return.
Oct. 7, 2021
Sen. Kelly urges action on climate change
Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly chaired a hearing on drought in the West Wednesday. Kelly told colleagues his state is on the front lines of a megadrought.
Oct. 6, 2021
Cyber Ninjas CEO declines to testify before Congress about Arizona election audit
The head of the firm hired to conduct a partisan election review in Maricopa County declined an invitation to testify before the U.S. House oversight committee.
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Oct. 6, 2021
New redistricting maps shows tribes may have less electorate power
After two public meetings this week, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission now has template maps for how the new congressional and legislative lines will look for the next decade.
Oct. 6, 2021
U.S. history with Latin America could pose challenges for Biden plan
The Biden administration has revealed its Build Back Better World program. At its core, that program’s goal seems quite simple — to compete with China on global economic development. The U.S. appears to be most focused on Latin American countries with the idea, but the nation’s mixed and sometimes controversial history with those neighbors has raised concerns.
Oct. 6, 2021
Glendale launches veteran’s court, hopes to become hub
Glendale has launched the first municipal court in the West Valley to serve all active duty military and veterans, regardless of military discharge or length of service.
Oct. 11, 2021
2 women with AZ roots nominated to lead endowments
President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his intent to nominate two women of color with ties to Arizona as chairs of the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts.
Oct. 6, 2021