Arizona Politics News


Phoenix optimistic about new federal funding for transportation projects
As construction continues for two light rail extensions in Phoenix, leaders are feeling optimistic about adding more.
Nonprofits Help Afghan Refugees Adjust To Life In Arizona
People evacuated from Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover began arriving in the United States last week. The first group to arrive in America was brought into Phoenix last week. With the challenges of escaping the Taliban behind them, this community now faces the task of acclimating to life in Arizona — and the dramatic changes in routine that come with a move across the world.
Sept. 7, 2021
Judge Refuses To Block New Arizona Sports Betting Law
A judge on Monday evening refused to block a new Arizona law allowing sports gambling to be run by professional sports teams in a decision that will allow the major gambling expansion start as planned later this week.
Sept. 7, 2021
20 Years After 9/11, Americas Longest War Ends
Twenty years after 9/11, America’s longest war has ended. Here's a journey through the evolution of how it started, the presidential pivots along the way and the feelings of veterans who were asked to fight against an unconventional enemy.
Sept. 10, 2021
Court Hearing To Determine Sports Betting Legality
New sports betting laws are due to go into effect on Thursday in Arizona, but not if the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe has its say. A court hearing Monday, will decide whether to throw out a legal bid that could stop or at least delay the start of legal sports betting.
Sept. 6, 2021
CEO: Valley Metro Working To Renew Half-Cent Transportation Tax
In 2004, Maricopa County voters approved a half-cent sales tax to help pay for transportation needs in the area. Now, Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith tells PBS’s “Arizona Horizons” that the tax is going to expire in 2025, and the company is working to get its replacement on next year’s ballot.
Sept. 4, 2021
Pinal Supervisors Reject $3.4M COVID-19 Vaccine Grant
Last week, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors rejected a $3.4 million federal grant aimed at improving vaccine equity.
Sept. 5, 2021
Attorney Gearing Up To Defend State In Suit Over Mask Mandate Ban
The lawyer defending the state of Arizona in a lawsuit over a ban on mask mandates and other provisions says a judge has no place in the bill-drafting process.
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Sept. 3, 2021
Arizona Anti-Abortion Activists Inspired By New Texas Law
Now that the Texas ban on abortion after fetal heartbeat detection has been enacted, some anti-abortion activists are seeing it as an inspirational policy.
Sept. 3, 2021
Scottsdale’s Transportation Future Prioritizes People Over Cars
The future of transportation in Scottsdale could look much different. Although Scottsdale’s seen a lot of development over the last 20 years, the city says travel demand has not grown as much as expected.
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Sept. 2, 2021
State Senate Withholds Thousands Of Audit Emails, Texts
Despite a court-ordered data dump, the Republican-led state Senate argued in court Sept. 1 they need to keep private nearly 3,000 emails and text messages sent by state lawmakers and Cyber Ninja officials.
Sept. 2, 2021
Phoenix Council To Appoint Jeff Barton Next City Manager
There will soon be a new person managing more than 14,000 Phoenix city employees.
Sept. 1, 2021
Tucson Defends Vaccine Requirement For City Workers
Tucson continues to argue its vaccine requirement for city workers is legal.
Sept. 1, 2021
Carmona Tailoring AZ Vaccine Message To Diverse Communities
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona has been brought on board as a senior advisor to the governor on emergency health preparedness. The Show with him to hear his take on getting more people vaccinated.
Sept. 1, 2021
How The So-Called Arizona Audit Is Already Shaping 2022s Election
The controversial, partisan review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County has already had an impact on candidates running for office in 2022. The longer the review continues, the worse it could get for some Republicans.
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Sept. 2, 2021
FDA Approval Doesnt Sway Ducey On Vaccine Mandates
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey still doesn’t want COVID-19 vaccines to be mandatory for college students, even though Pfizer’s vaccine now has formal authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
Aug. 31, 2021
What Census Data In One Town Says About Undercounted Populations
There were a lot of things standing in the way of an accurate census count in 2020: a pandemic, natural disasters, and what many called political interference from the Trump administration. And although the census says it’s too early to tell, a new investigation from the Associated Press shows a potential undercount — especially of Hispanic and Black populations.
Aug. 31, 2021
New Jury Selection Rule A Huge Step Towards Addressing Racial Bias
The Arizona Supreme Court says it’s getting rid of peremptory strikes — the ability of lawyers to eliminate potential jurors without giving a reason.
Aug. 31, 2021
VA Secretary Says Pandemic Worsened Health Care For Veterans
Phoenix was at the epicenter of the problems surrounding Veterans Affairs hospitals and how veterans were being cared for. Improvements have been made since then, but the pandemic introduced new challenges for health care for veterans.
Aug. 31, 2021
ASU Coordinator Watching Afghanistan As Family Flees Taliban
The world continues to watch in horror as the events in Afghanistan unfold with the Taliban taking over a country the United States had occupied for two decades. Yagana Hafed is the engagement coordinator with the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. Her parents left Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion, and she still has family currently trying to flee from the Taliban takeover.
Aug. 31, 2021
Fraud Trial For Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Begins
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who got Arizona lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to change state law in 2015 to financially benefit her company, goes on trial this week on criminal charges of fraud and conspiracy.
Aug. 31, 2021