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.
Yuma Sheriff: Border Wall Has Become A Distraction
Congressional leaders have until Feb. 15 to strike a deal on border security, a task that has been debated — and has failed — in Washington for decades. But all of the focus on a wall has become a distraction, according to Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot.
Jan. 30, 2019
Pinal Farmers Continue Fight Over Drought Plan
The hard deadline for Arizona to pass legislation approving the Drought Contingency Plan is this Thursday, Jan. 31. While Arizona is close to an agreement, some of the last issues to be ironed out have to do with Pinal County farmers.
Jan. 30, 2019
Open Borders And Free Movement Defended In New Book
The issue of border security is, once again, front and center. But one idea that both parties seem to agree on is their dislike of the concept of "open borders." That, however, is exactly what a new book argues for.
Jan. 30, 2019
It Makes No Sense: AZ Moms Dying Preventable Deaths
In Arizona, an estimated 20 women die for every 100,000 live births. The number may not seem high, but what frustrates public health professionals is that 89 percent of these deaths are deemed preventable.
Jan. 30, 2019
Drought Contingency Plan Clears First Legislative Hurdle
Arizona lawmakers took their first votes on Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan on Tuesday. The state is facing a deadline of Thursday to sign off on the plan. Otherwise, the federal government said it will step in and impose water restrictions.
Jan. 30, 2019
AZ Legislatures Party Split Closest Its Been In Decades
The 2019 Arizona legislative session includes a member roster in the House that is the closest it’s been in decades. There are 31 Republicans and 29 Democrats, making for some interesting political speculation about which issues will lead to common ground.
Jan. 29, 2019
The Takeaway: 2 Years Later, So-Called
It’s been two years since President Trump's executive order block entry to people from several Muslim-majority countries drew protests at airports across the country. Many people who have applied for waivers are still unable to bring their loved ones to the United States.
Jan. 29, 2019
Expulsion Called For Stringer After Reports Of Sex Offenses
Rep. David Stringer first made headlines for racist comments that were caught on tape last fall and, just a few days ago, the Phoenix New Times uncovered court documents showing that Stringer was charged with multiple sex offenses in Maryland in the 1980s — including child pornography.
Jan. 29, 2019
St. Marys Preparing For Another Shutdown
During the partial government shutdown that lasted throughout most of January, St. Mary's Food Bank and Alliance provided food to government workers in need — on top of those the agency serves on a daily basis. Now St. Mary's is bracing for another possible shutdown, as the stopgap bill only lasts for three weeks.
Jan. 28, 2019
Health Leaders: Vaccination Bills Could Cause Unnecessary Fear
Two bills intended to provide transparency in vaccinations, could overwhelm parents and pediatricians and further reduce child vaccinations.
Jan. 28, 2019
Mesa Mayor Discusses Census Citizenship Controversy
The census was one of the issues addressed at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting last week in Washington, D.C. Mesa Mayor John Giles attended that meeting and was part of a panel on the 2020 Census, and he joined The Show to talk about it.
Jan. 28, 2019
Boas: Cooperating On The Drought Contingency Plan
Arizona Republic Editorial Director Phil Boas joined The Show for his weekly appearance to talk about the Drought Contingency Plan and the fast approaching federal deadline to finalize it.
Jan. 28, 2019
AZ Republican Party Elects Kelli Ward Chair, Incumbent Ousted
The Arizona Republican Party has elected a new chair. Kelli Ward, Arizona senator and U.S. Senate candidate, ousted incumbent Jonathan Lines in a vote on Saturday.
Jan. 28, 2019
The Takeaway: Growing Protests And Cries Of
In Venezuela, an element of political chaos left an uncertain future, as opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the presidency. Although the U.S. and other countries were quick to sever ties with Maduro's government, there was an international backlash from Venezuela's allies.
Jan. 28, 2019
Ward Elected Chairperson Of Arizona Republican Party
Former state senator and U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward is the new chairperson for the Arizona Republican Party. The conservative firebrand won the party's vote Saturday at the state GOP meeting in Phoenix, ousting businessman Jonathan Lines.
Jan. 28, 2019
Federal Workers Still Waiting For Paychecks
After five weeks of not working or working without pay, federal workers are going back to their usual Monday morning routine. The government is back open, though it’s unclear when those workers will be paid. The White House has only said it will be “in the coming days.”
Jan. 28, 2019
How Did The Shutdown Affect Immigration Courts?
Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) estimated that, if the shutdown lasted until Feb. 1, the immigration court backlog would’ve grown by another 100,000 cases nationwide. But as we know, it ended just shy of that. The total for Arizona’s backlog in that time? Over 2,000 cases.
Jan. 28, 2019
Drought Plan, Sales Tax Increases On Agenda At Arizona Capitol
Arizona has until Thursday to sign off on a Drought Contingency Plan. The deadline was put in place by the federal government, which states that if Arizona doesn’t finish up work on the plan by the end of the month, the feds might implement their own water restrictions.
Jan. 28, 2019
Government Reopens; AZ Delegation Reacts
Arizona’s Congressional delegation was largely in favor of reopening the federal government and continuing negotiations over building a wall on the U.S. Southern border.
Jan. 25, 2019
Flagstaff Mayor: Federal Gov’t Deal Not A Real Solution
President Donald Trump and Congress have reached a deal to reopen the federal government, but the deal is only good until Feb. 15. Citing a need for a long term answer, Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans issued a stern series of statements Friday saying the three-week deal is “not the solution our community or our country needs.”
Jan. 25, 2019