Arizona Politics News


Senate panel OKs last minute bills on initiatives, schools
The Arizona Senate's appropriations committee on Wednesday advanced a series of last minute measures on hot-button issues as the Legislature prepares to adjourn for the year.
Kelly co-sponsors bill to help grandparents raising kids
Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly co-sponsored a bill to connect grandparents raising grandchildren with additional services and resources. Kelly said the Informing Grandfamilies Act would have a meaningful impact on families like those who testified in favor of the bill on Thursday.
Report: Trump campaign boss in AZ subpoenaed by DOJ
The Washington Post reports that a Trump campaign official who worked in Arizona has been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. The summons comes after Tuesday’s Jan. 6 hearing, where the House Select Committee said the former president was directly involved in a scheme to have phony electors replace real ones in states, like Arizona, that Trump lost.
WATCH: Ukrainian president addresses Congress
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy delivered a virtual address to Congress Wednesday morning. His remarks come as the Russian invasion of Ukraine enters its third week.
March 16, 2022
U.S. Senate OKs making Daylight Saving Time permanent
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that would make Daylight Saving Time permanent starting in 2023.
March 15, 2022
Ducey not interested in suspending AZ 18 cent gas tax
Gov. Doug Ducey is not interested in suspending the state's 18-cent-a-gallon gasoline tax to help Arizonans weather higher prices.
March 15, 2022
Activists call on political leaders to free Brittney Griner
Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia for nearly a month on allegations of drug possession, and activists are now calling on President Biden to ask former President Trump for help.
March 15, 2022
Group of election reform bills fails to pass AZ Senate
A group of election reform proposals have failed to pass the Arizona Senate on Monday. Among the proposals was a bill that would make it a misdemeanor to misplace ballots and one that would give election workers unique passwords to log into machines.
March 15, 2022
AZ Senate passes bill requiring schools to post educational materials for parents
With the goal of the bill being to produce transparency in schools, some lawmakers worry it will bog down teachers and school resources.
March 15, 2022
Lawmakers want to know why Homeland Security was tracking wire transfers to Mexico
A federal government program that collected data on money transfers between a handful of U.S. states and Mexico is coming under scrutiny after Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, raised questions about it.
March 15, 2022
Whats next for supporters of Prop 208 after a judge officially ended it?
A judge put an official end to the tax hike on the wealthy that voters approved in 2020. It’s still unclear where the Invest in Arizona backers will go from here and whether they will appeal the ruling.
March 14, 2022
AZ lawmakers set to take up more election-related bills this week
It’s another week, and another series of election-related bills for lawmakers to debate at the state Capitol.
March 14, 2022
Boas: GOPs war on mail-in voting could cost them the majority
An off-year election is typically a good one for the political party that isn’t in power at the highest levels. But Republic columnist Bob Robb wrote over the weekend that he believes that some Arizona Republicans are doing their best to make the GOP case more challenging — by filing a lawsuit to eliminate mail-in balloting in the state.
March 14, 2022
IRS recommends taxpayers e-file as backlog swells
The deadline for filing tax returns is about a month away. And the IRS is urging taxpayers to file electronically because of a huge backlog with paper returns.
March 14, 2022
Bill to protect condo owners may be unconstitutional
A proposal to save condominium owners from being forced out of their homes has run into a problem. It may be unconstitutional.
March 13, 2022
Hobbs defends early voting, urges justices to reject GOP lawsuit
The state's top election official is urging the state Supreme Court to reject a bid by the Arizona Republican Party to kill all early voting.
March 13, 2022
Sinema meets with Supreme Court nominee Jackson
On Thursday, Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
March 12, 2022
Prop. 208, the voter-approved education tax, dead after ruling
A judge on Friday declared that a tax on high-earning Arizona residents to fund education spending that voters approved in 2020 can't be enforced because of a state Supreme Court ruling and ordered its collection permanently blocked.
March 11, 2022
2022 count shows Maricopa County homelessness rising
The Maricopa County 2022 Homeless Point-In-Time Count is out and it’s not looking good. Glendale saw an increase of nearly 139% from 2020. Phoenix, which has the most people experiencing homelessness, is up 30%.
March 11, 2022
NewsCap: Townsend vs. Rogers will be worse than ugly
Arizona state Sen. Kelly Townsend has abandoned her run for Congress, and will instead challenge fellow Republican Wendy Rogers for reelection. Plus, a series of election-related bills were defeated this week at the state Capitol.
March 11, 2022
Arizona Senate OKs changing vehicle license tax rules
The Arizona Senate unanimously gave preliminary approval on a measure to change the formula used to determine the annual vehicle license tax.
March 11, 2022
Senate committee passes bill requiring proof of citizenship to vote
The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee has passed a bill that requires voters to provide satisfactory evidence of U.S. citizenship to cast a ballot. It also requires proof of residency within the state.
March 11, 2022
Census missed Blacks, Latinos, Natives, but added whites. Some leaders want to sue to fix it
The 2020 U.S. census count missed Blacks, Latinos and Native Americans at a higher rate than their white counterparts, officials admit. Considering the overall count was off by less than a quarter of a percentage point, the difference in who was missed was stark.
March 11, 2022