Arizona Politics News


Biggs says debt ceiling deal is an abomination
Both President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy have said it’s a compromise that includes GOP demands, like cuts in spending. But Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs said the proposal is an “abomination.”
NewsCap: A witch hunt, a veto and future of AZ politics
Former gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones and former legislative leader Chad Campbell joined The Show to talk about the search for a new nominee to lead the state health department, Gov. Katie Hobbs’ first veto and more.
Feb. 17, 2023
Among the biggest tasks for Hobbs: addressing the drought
One of Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs' biggest tasks is addressing the drought on the Colorado River threatening her state's growth boom. The Democrat is convinced it can avoid a drawn out legal battle.
Feb. 17, 2023
Tempe considers license for retailers to sell tobacco
Tempe is considering making retailers buy a license to sell tobacco in the city. A proposal from a council committee calls for a citywide registry of businesses that sell tobacco, along with a process to revoke licenses for retailers who repeatedly sell to minors.
Feb. 20, 2023
Department of Developmental Disabilities could get more money
More dollars could be going to those who provide care to people living with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Despite an increase in funding, it’s likely not nearly enough.
Feb. 17, 2023
Arizona Gov. Hobbs vetoes partisan Republican budget bills, renews calls for negotiations
Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a partisan budget sent to her by legislative Republicans – a plan she described as hollow and one-sided, and an "insult" to Arizonans.
Feb. 16, 2023
AG Kris Mayes investigating Kroger-Albertsons merger
Mayes contends that if the merger goes through, it would raise fears of workers over their stores staying open in addition to prices being raised.
Feb. 16, 2023
Voter-approved dark law measure challenged in courts
The group that convinced voters last year to outlaw “dark money” is asking a judge to block a bid by two special interest groups to keep the law from taking effect.
Feb. 16, 2023
Bill to up monthly stipend for kinship families moves forward
A bill is moving through the state Legislature that would increase the monthly stipend of kinship families — grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
Feb. 16, 2023
Bill to separate state hospital operations from ADHS gains traction
The Arizona State Hospital, which treats people suffering from serious mental illness, is now one step closer to no longer being run by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Feb. 16, 2023
Arizonas born alive bill moves forward after testimony
Arizona lawmakers heard testimony Tuesday for a bill that would require physicians to do everything possible to save the life of a baby born alive during an abortion.
Feb. 16, 2023
Shen Yun brings dance to AZ — but does it also bring a political agenda?
The Shen Yun dance and orchestra company is in Arizona this month. It performed last week in Tucson, has three more shows in Mesa and then a handful in Phoenix over the weekend and next week.
Feb. 16, 2023
AZ lawmaker pushes for a monument to Russell Pearce
A pair of bills introduced at the Arizona Legislature aim to build a monument near the Capitol to a slain investigative journalist. But at least one GOP lawmaker thinks an icon to anti-immigrant extremists should get a marker instead.
Feb. 16, 2023
Arizona is getting more than $6.1M to battle gun violence
Millions of dollars for curtailing gun violence is coming to Arizona due to a new federal law signed last year. The director of the state’s criminal justice commission says the money will be used to set up a crisis-intervention program and redistributed as grants.
Feb. 15, 2023
Phoenix residents, businesses face water rate increases
Phoenix is considering substantial changes to the way it charges people for water. Compared to five years ago, the city’s Water Services Department says it’s paying 35% more for raw water, 136% more for chemicals and 38% more in personnel costs.
Feb. 15, 2023
GOP lawmakers head to the Arizona border
A group of Republican lawmakers led by Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy are in Cochise County on Thursday to meet with law enforcement officials and other local representatives. The delegation includes freshman Congressman Juan Ciscomani of southern Arizona.
Feb. 16, 2023
Arizona Gov. Hobbs attorneys say Ducey issued more than $210M in ARPA grants illegally
Attorneys for Gov. Katie Hobbs found that more than $210 million in American Rescue Plan grants issued at the end of the Ducey administration were done so illegally.
More Arizona politics news
Feb. 15, 2023
Biden administration keeps low grazing fees intact
Conservationists say that grazing fees on federal lands remain far below market value, and in its annual review, the Biden administration recently decided they would stay that way. The federal government charges ranchers $1.35 per month to graze a cow and a calf on public lands.
Feb. 16, 2023
Attorney General Mayes to stop bank investigations
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office says it will no longer investigate major banks like Wells Fargo and Bank of America over environmental, social and governance-related investment practices. In announcing the inquiry last year, then Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he was concerned banks would deny loans to people who work with fossil fuels.
Feb. 16, 2023
How we talk about climate change reflects societal divide
Climate change is in the news a lot — and the words we use to talk about it are different depending on where you tune in. People on the political left use words of alarm and emergency. Those in the climate denial camp, talk about it like a hoax.
Feb. 15, 2023
Bill would allow schools to offer mental health, threat reporting apps
Schools in other states offer apps that allow students to anonymously access mental health services and report threats. Now, thanks to a bill in the House, Arizona students could get access to similar resources.
Feb. 14, 2023