Arizona Politics News


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.
Judge Says Public Has Right To Know Who Is Paying For Election Audit
A judge Thursday ruled that the public has a right to know who is paying for the outside audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County.
July 15, 2021
Two AZ Districts Respond To Ducey Letters Saying Quarantine Policies Violate Law
The Arizona Governor’s Office sent two letters to Peoria Unified School District and Catalina Foothills School District, informing them that their quarantine policies for unvaccinated students were breaking the law.
July 15, 2021
2020 Election Recount Finished, But Audit Demands Not Over
The so-called audit of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County that Republicans in the Arizona state Senate are conducting is coming to a head.
July 15, 2021
COVID-19 Relief Money And Tax Cuts: Treasury Pushes Back On Brnovich
Lawyers for the U.S. Treasury are asking a federal judge to throw out state Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s bid that Congress can't keep Arizona from using any of its COVID-19 relief dollars to cut taxes for businesses and individuals.
July 15, 2021
Phoenix Mayor Gallego Talks Infrastructure With Biden
The mayor of Phoenix was among a group of top state and city officials who talked infrastructure with President Biden on Wednesday at the White House.
July 14, 2021
Maricopa County Courts Expand Access To Facilities
Starting next week, the restrictions that began 15 months ago for some courts in Maricopa County are ending. This also includes Superior Court and probation department offices.
July 14, 2021
U.S. House Oversight Committee Launches Investigation Of AZ Audit
Top Democrats serving on the U.S. House Oversight Committee are launching an investigation of the GOP-led review of the 2020 Maricopa County election results.
County Supervisors Vote To Replace Subpoenaed Election Equipment
July 14, 2021
Maricopa County Supervisors Vote To Replace Subpoenaed Election Equipment
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted to spend $2.8 million replacing election equipment subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate, then turned over to uncertified vendors hired by Republican lawmakers for a review of the county’s 2020 election results.
July 14, 2021
Out-Of-Town State Lawmakers Get Boost In Per Diem
Being an Arizona state senator or representative only pays $24,000 a year. But lawmakers also get a daily allowance — a per diem that’s supposed to cover the cost of their living expenses while traveling to and working at the state Capitol during legislative sessions. At the end of June, those lawmakers voted to boost that daily allowance, at least for anyone representing a district outside Maricopa County.
July 14, 2021
USA Today Links Ducey With Efforts To Extract $100M
In his latest piece, Craig Harris, a reporter with USA Today who formerly worked at the Arizona Republic, investigated why Ducey and a handful of his top staffers supported a multi-year effort by a powerful Texas businessman and Republican donor to extract millions of dollars in tax refunds from Arizona’s Department of Revenue.
July 14, 2021
Model Predicts Big Long-Term Returns For Bipartisan Infrastructure Package
Democrats in the U.S. Senate reached an agreement July 13 on a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that includes a number of items that didn’t make the cut in a more traditional infrastructure framework.
July 14, 2021
Ducey To Use Federal Funds To Launch Visit Arizona Initiative
Gov. Doug Ducey is spending $101.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding to launch the Visit Arizona Initiative.
July 14, 2021
Tiny Home Projects Are Expanding, Offering Homeless Veterans Independence And Security
In cities nationwide, groups addressing veteran homelessness by replacing the traditional shelter model with tiny homes.
July 14, 2021
Flagstaff Begins Public Review For Climate Change Goals
The City of Flagstaff has begun a 60-day public review process for an amendment to the city’s Regional Plan 2030. One of the new policies would be to “improve the ability of vulnerable community members to adapt and thrive amidst the pressures of climate change.”
July 14, 2021
Biden Taps Jeff Flake For Turkey Ambassador
President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated former Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican lawmaker who endorsed his 2020 run for the White House, to serve as U.S. ambassador to Turkey.
July 13, 2021
Can Phoenix Preserve American Legion Post And Add Housing?
Historic preservationists in Phoenix are fighting to save Arizona’s oldest American Legion Post as the city considers a redevelopment project for the property off Seventh Avenue between Polk Street and Grand Avenue.
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July 15, 2021
Critical Race Theory Concerns Mirror Early 2000s Ban On Racially Aware Curriculum
The way schools teach about racism in the context of history, social studies and political science has become an increasingly contentious topic in recent years. But 15 years ago, one Arizona school district was already using a lens of racial awareness in its Mexican American Studies classes.
July 13, 2021
Unanimous Decisions: How Gov. Doug Duceys Legacy Will Endure In The Arizona Supreme Court
Gov. Doug Ducey last week named Kathryn Hackett King to the Arizona Supreme Court. King is the sixth justice Ducey has appointed to the Supreme Court — a record. And it’s a legacy that will outlast his administration.
July 13, 2021
The 20-Year War: Reflecting On The Legacy Of The War In Afghanistan
The U.S. is on the verge of pulling all of its troops out of Afghanistan. A war that began 20 years ago in response to the 9/11 attacks has been on the agenda of four presidents — beginning with George W. Bush and now ending with Joe Biden.
July 13, 2021
What Other States National Guard Troops Can Do At Arizonas Southern Border
In recent weeks, states including Arkansas, Florida and Wisconsin have initiated guard deployments to the southern border. The Department of Defense has been largely silent about these deployments, and immigration rights advocates are concerned about the accountability of these troops.
July 13, 2021