Arizona Politics News


Ward pleaded the Fifth to Jan. 6 panel
Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward refused to answer questions during a deposition of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, an attorney for the panel revealed Tuesday during a court hearing in Phoenix.
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Arizona poll worker guide aims to boost election confidence
In an effort to counteract election disinformation, the Brennan Center for Justice and All Voting is Local teamed up to create a guide describing the rigorous process of how poll workers are selected and trained. One such guide was made specifically for Arizona.
An old case could force MCSO to process internal investigations quicker
A contempt of court charge over a 15-year-old case could force the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to more quickly address its internal investigations.
Lawmakers seek investigation into development in Benson
Earlier this week, the controversy over a planned development near Benson went up a notch when Congressman Raul Grijalva announced that the House Natural Resources Committee is calling for a criminal investigation into what caused the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse its stance on the project.
May 19, 2022
Why this Arizona doctor spent a month helping in Ukraine
As the war in Ukraine approaches its third month, global concerns continue to rise. These worries have spurred volunteers from across the world to travel to Ukraine and offer assistance. One of those volunteers is Arizona surgeon Dr. Tom Rusing.
May 19, 2022
AZ House passes multiple election bills with bipartisan support
The state House of Representatives passed multiple bills regarding elections measures with bipartisan support. One bill would require election officials to post how many early ballots are returned and set up an early voting tracking system.
May 18, 2022
Advocates in New Mexico working to keep abortion legal
The recent leak from the U.S. Supreme Court about the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned has led to individuals and groups being forced to consider what happens to state laws related to abortion — and where the procedure will remain legal.
May 18, 2022
Congress finally held a public hearing on UFOs
For the first time in half a century, Congress held a public hearing on UFOs. On May 17, Pentagon officials testified about so-called “unexplained phenomena,” although George Knapp doesn’t believe the military actually said all that much.
May 18, 2022
2 more bills targeting COVID rules head to Duceys desk
Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk. The state Senate approved a bill forbidding state and local governments from requiring masks in their buildings.
May 18, 2022
Initiative launched to put abortion protections on November voter ballots
Arizona voters may get a chance to keep abortion legal even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.
May 18, 2022
Tucson immigration lawyer overwhelmed by influx of Title 42 cases
Mo Goldman has been practicing immigration law in Tucson for more than a decade, and right now, he says attorneys like him are overwhelmed.
May 17, 2022
New Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell wants to fix her offices public perception
Last month, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Rachel Mitchell to be the interim county attorney. Later this year, Mitchell will have to run to keep the position and to serve the rest of the term.
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May 17, 2022
Senate investigating Rogers post about Buffalo shooting
The Arizona Senate on Monday opened an ethics investigation into Sen. Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) after she tweeted inflammatory comments about last weekend's racist attack at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket that left 10 people dead.
May 17, 2022
9th Circuit tosses bid from ABOR claiming Instagram posts violated trademark
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals say the school improperly used trademark law to block expression of posts that compared the administration to Nazis.
May 16, 2022
Boas: Steve Schmidt is playing victim to the McCains. It isnt working
Sen. John McCain died in 2018, but he was back in the headlines over the past few days. One story featured Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake declaring that McCain was “reaching up from the grave trying to keep power in Arizona.” The other found former McCain advisor Steve Schmidt feuding with Meghan McCain.
May 16, 2022
AZ lawmakers to debate vaccine- and mask-related bills
Lawmakers are set to hear three bills relating to COVID-19 and the pandemic this week at the state Capitol. Among them is one seeking to stop the state health department from requiring the COVID-19 vaccination in schools.
May 16, 2022
How independent voters can vote in AZs Aug. 2 primary election
Arizona's primary elections are coming up on Aug. 2, and Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is reminding those registered as independent that they can participate.
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May 15, 2022
Tempe Elementary School District will change school names tied to KKK members
Now, Tempe Elementary School District is requesting name suggestions for Gililland Middle School, Hudson Elementary School and the Laird School.
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May 14, 2022
Court says company cant dig an open-pit mine
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday blocked a bid from Rosemont Copper Company to dig a 6,500-foot wide open pit mine about 30 miles southeast of Tucson.
May 13, 2022
Justice is a musical about Sandra Day OConnor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
More than 40 years ago, Arizona’s Sandra Day O’Connor was a pioneer as well, as the Supreme Court’s first female justice. During the early days of the pandemic, Sean Daniels, the Arizona Theatre Company’s artistic director, reached out to playwright Lauren Gunderson about creating a play about Justice O’Connor.
May 13, 2022
Andy Biggs subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee
U.S. Congressman Andy Biggs recently refused a request to testify before the select committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Now the Arizona Republican — who’s flatly denied accusations of helping plan the insurrection -— has been given a formal order to appear for questioning on May 26.
May 12, 2022
Arizona sends 1st bus carrying migrants from Yuma to D.C.
After the Texas governor sent migrants from the Lone Star state to Washington, D.C., in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's decision to end Title 42, Arizona has chosen to follow suit.
May 12, 2022
Arizona election officials quitting over threats, misinformation
A survey from the Brennan Center found 1 in 5 local election officials are increasingly unlikely to stay in their jobs through 2024. The reasons include stress and politicians' attacks on the system.
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May 12, 2022