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During debate with Fontes, Finchem claims 2020 election was irredeemably compromised
Mark Finchem, the Republican candidate for Arizona secretary of state, claimed the 2020 election was “irredeemably compromised” when asked to account for his belief that former President Trump won the popular vote in Arizona two years ago.
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Investigation finds migrants flown to Marthas Vineyard were misled
A Texas sheriff has opened a criminal investigation into the transport of migrants to Martha's Vineyard. And a group of migrants who were put on the flights are filing a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Working for the railroad is like an abusive relationship, union leader says
The White House has brokered a deal to avoid a potential railroad strike, but approval from unions is still pending. Meanwhile, Greg Hynes of SMART still hopes labor unions and railroad workers can reach an agreement without government intervention.
AZ Senate passes bill that would make vans an alternative to school buses
As expected, the GOP-led Arizona Senate has passed a nearly partisan bill that will allow passenger vans to be used as a possible alternative to school buses to transport students. Due to revisions, that bill now heads back to the House.
June 2, 2022
Records show coordinated Arizona ballot collection scheme
An Arizona woman indicted in 2020 on accusations of illegally collecting ballots apparently ran a sophisticated operation using her status as a well-known Democratic operative in the border city of San Luis to persuade voters to let her gather and in some cases fill out their ballots, according to records obtained by the Associated Press.
June 2, 2022
Townsend encourages vigilantes to monitor ballot boxes
One of the leading proponents of the claim that there is fraud in Arizona elections wants "vigilantes'' to monitor ballot drop boxes in the upcoming election.
June 1, 2022
March for Our Lives protests for stricter gun control at AZ Capitol
Eight days after the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, the Arizona branch of March for Our Lives protested for stricter gun control outside the state Capitol by laying nearly 300 white sheets on the lawn to represent victims of gun violence.
June 1, 2022
Bid to require background checks on gun purchases fails in AZ Senate
Senate Republicans blocked a bid on Tuesday to push a vote on a bill that would require background checks on private gun sales. The bill failed a procedural attempt from Sen. Martín Quezada to have the full chamber vote on it without committee approval first.
June 1, 2022
Gun reform, education spending, budget debated at the Capitol
Lawmakers at the Arizona Capitol this week are focused on gun reform, education spending and the state budget. To learn about that and what else is going on, The Show spoke with Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic.
June 1, 2022
AZ education group unveils $1.3B budget proposal to Legislature
The Arizona Education Association has unveiled its budget proposal to the state Legislature. It asks for close to $1.3 billion for items like increases in teacher base pay and paid full-day kindergarten.
June 1, 2022
Bill that bans teaching about certain racial issues moves to AZ Senate debate
A bill set for Arizona Senate debate may prohibit teachers from promoting or advocating the idea that blame or judgment can be placed on a subject based on race or ethnicity.
May 31, 2022
Frustrations at the Arizona Capitol as lawmakers stall gun legislation
Some Democratic lawmakers shared anger after bill they have proposed to to reduce access to guns have stalled.
May 31, 2022
Polls of likely voters show Hobbs leading Democratic governor race
A poll of likely voters found that Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is leading other Democrats in the Arizona governor race. A poll from OH Predictive Insights has found that Hobbs holds 43% of potential voters.
May 31, 2022
The abortion debate often involves religious beliefs. But not all religions are against abortion
Since the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on Roe v. Wade surfaced, the debate over abortion rights in the country has been raging with no end in sight. And for many, it is an inherently religious issue.
May 31, 2022
AZ lawmakers are still trying to find agreement on a new budget
State lawmakers have about 30 days to come to an agreement on a new state budget.
May 31, 2022
Rep. Debbie Lesko heckled, exits stage during graduation speech
Arizona Republican Congresswoman Debbie Lesko was heckled and exited the stage during a commencement speech at a high school graduation ceremony on Friday. The Arizona Virtual Academy’s ceremony was held in Glendale, close to Lesko’s district.
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May 29, 2022
Program will cover home closing costs for 250 essential workers
The city of Tucson and the Tucson Industrial Development Authority are launching a program to help cover closing costs on homes for an estimated 250 essential workers.
May 27, 2022
AZ education group president: Mass shooting prevention efforts should be multifaceted
As more details come out about the mass shooting in a Texas elementary school, politicians and organizational leaders are debating on how to prevent the next one.
May 27, 2022
Ducey may push gun bill to Legislature
Gov. Doug Ducey may move to push a measure that would allow parents and school officials to ask judges to take guns away from people who are a danger to themselves or others.
May 26, 2022
Oklahoma just signed the nations harshest abortion ban — and Native Americans are worried
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the nation’s toughest abortion ban. Stitt had recently given a warning of sorts to Oklahoma Native American tribes to not attempt to undermine an abortion ban.
May 26, 2022
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.
May 26, 2022
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.
May 26, 2022
Threat of government shutdown looms as Arizona Republicans fail to pass a spending plan
For the second year in a row, Arizona enters June facing the threat of a government shutdown. Despite spending 137 days so far at the Capitol, and despite a budget surplus exceeding $5 billion, lawmakers still don’t appear close to adopting a budget.
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May 26, 2022

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