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.
Boas: Steve Schmidt is playing victim to the McCains. It isnt working
Sen. John McCain died in 2018, but he was back in the headlines over the past few days. One story featured Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake declaring that McCain was “reaching up from the grave trying to keep power in Arizona.” The other found former McCain advisor Steve Schmidt feuding with Meghan McCain.
May 16, 2022
AZ lawmakers to debate vaccine- and mask-related bills
Lawmakers are set to hear three bills relating to COVID-19 and the pandemic this week at the state Capitol. Among them is one seeking to stop the state health department from requiring the COVID-19 vaccination in schools.
May 16, 2022
How independent voters can vote in AZs Aug. 2 primary election
Arizona's primary elections are coming up on Aug. 2, and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is reminding those registered as independent that they can participate.
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May 15, 2022
Tempe Elementary School District will change school names tied to KKK members
Now, Tempe Elementary School District is requesting name suggestions for Gililland Middle School, Hudson Elementary School and the Laird School.
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May 14, 2022
Court says company cant dig an open-pit mine
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday blocked a bid from Rosemont Copper Company to dig a 6,500-foot wide open pit mine about 30 miles southeast of Tucson.
May 13, 2022
Justice is a musical about Sandra Day OConnor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
More than 40 years ago, Arizona’s Sandra Day O’Connor was a pioneer as well, as the Supreme Court’s first female justice. During the early days of the pandemic, Sean Daniels, the Arizona Theatre Company’s artistic director, reached out to playwright Lauren Gunderson about creating a play about Justice O’Connor.
May 13, 2022
Andy Biggs subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee
U.S. Congressman Andy Biggs recently refused a request to testify before the select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Now the Arizona Republican — who’s flatly denied accusations of helping plan the insurrection -— has been given a formal order to appear for questioning on May 26.
May 12, 2022
Arizona sends 1st bus carrying migrants from Yuma to D.C.
After the Texas governor sent migrants from the Lone Star state to Washington, D.C., in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision to end Title 42, Arizona has chosen to follow suit.
May 12, 2022
Arizona election officials quitting over threats, misinformation
A survey from the Brennan Center found 1 in 5 local election officials are increasingly unlikely to stay in their jobs through 2024. The reasons include stress and politicians' attacks on the system.
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May 12, 2022
House asks DOJ to investigate southern AZ development deal
Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee have asked the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal conduct regarding a development in southern Arizona during the Trump administration.
May 11, 2022
Fann attorney asks AZ Supreme Court to block release of 700 audit records
An attorney for state Senate President Karen Fann is making another attempt to keep more than 700 public records related to the audit of the 2020 election secret.
May 11, 2022
Why Utah Democrats are throwing their support behind an independent — and former Republican —  for Congress
November’s general election promises to be especially intense as Democrats fight to hold on to narrow majorities in Congress. On the Senate side, that could be impacted by the unique circumstances of Arizona’s northern neighbor, Utah.
May 11, 2022
The Mining Act of 1872 is 150 years old. Grijalva says its time for an update
Congressman Raul Grijalva marked the 150th anniversary of the Mining Act of 1872 by calling attention to the law’s shortcomings.
May 10, 2022
Arizona governor signs bill targeting state bar complaints
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill requiring the state bar to pay attorney fees and other costs if the organization seeks to discipline a lawyer and ends up losing. The Republican governor signed the measure on Monday, hours after Senate Republicans gave final approval in a party-line vote.
May 10, 2022
Why U.S. immigration cases are piling up, and why judges cant speak about them
The court system in the U.S. faces a backlog of immigration-related cases that is estimated to be at least 1.6 million. The backlog also isn’t helped by a shortage of immigration judges and ties to the Department of Justice.
May 10, 2022
Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko says a ban on abortions nationwide is unlikely — for now
As Senate Democrats in Washington, D.C., vow to hold a doomed vote to enshrine abortion rights into law, Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko says a nationwide ban abortions is unlikely — at least for now.
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May 9, 2022
Ruling: Biggs, Finchem  and Gosar can stay on ballot
The Arizona Supreme Court said three people allegedly involved in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol can be on the 2022 ballot.
May 9, 2022
Gov. Ducey signs bill limiting successors state of emergency powers
Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Friday limiting the ability of his successor to tap into the emergency powers that he used for more than two years in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 9, 2022
Access to abortion pills through the mail could be more difficult due to a state law
An Arizona law passed last year could impact the ability of women to access one form of early stage abortion. The law makes it illegal to deliver any abortion-inducing drugs to residents by courier, delivery or mail services.
May 9, 2022
What Arizona lawmakers are thinking about after Supreme Court leak
The draft opinion leaked from the U.S. Supreme Court last week, which suggested a majority of justices were prepared to overturn the landmark abortion-rights case Roe v. Wade, continues to reverberate across the country. But what kind of impact is it having at the state Capitol?
May 9, 2022