Arizona Politics News


Phoenix candidate appeals case after learning judge’s wife supported opponent
A Phoenix City Council candidate thinks the state’s highest court should hear his lawsuit to keep an opponent off the November ballot. Moses Sanchez is appealing a lower court ruling after learning the judge’s wife supported his opponent, Kevin Robinson.
Former ambassador to UN: Sentencing may help expedite Griners release
Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia for nearly six months on drug charges. And those hoping for her return were devastated when she was hit with a nine-year prison sentence.
How FBIs Mar-a-Lago raid looks to former U.S. attorney
The FBI’s serving of a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago house is being called an historic event, and speculation persists about what exactly agents were looking for.
Early Voting Surges In Arizona
The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office is reporting a surge in early voting. Spokesperson Matt Roberts said the office has received about 200,000 more early ballots this year than at this point in the 2014 election cycle.
Oct. 29, 2018
KJZZs Friday NewsCap Oct.26, 2018
Discussing the week in news with Former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman and longtime pollster Mike O’Neil, host of the radio program the Think Tank.
Oct. 26, 2018
AZ Supreme Court Confirms 5-2 Vote Against Invest In Ed
At the end of August, the state Supreme Court ruled the Invest in Ed measure could not appear on the ballot. On Friday, the court released its full opinion, including the actual vote count among justices. On Friday, the court released its full opinion, including the actual vote count among justices.
Oct. 26, 2018
Phoenix Saturated With Political Ads Before Elections
Unless you completely avoid television or the internet, you’ve no doubt felt saturated by the number of political ads during this current election cycle.
Oct. 26, 2018
The Takeaway: Early Voting
Election day is less than two weeks away, but lots of people have already cast their ballots. All but 13 states have some form of early voting this year and as of earlier this week, more than 10 million people had voted early.
Oct. 26, 2018
Phoenix Mayor’s Race: 2 City Hall Insiders, 2 Outsiders
Voters in the nation’s fifth-largest city have four choices for their next mayor. The candidates can be divided between City Hall insiders and outsiders. Democrats Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela are former council members while Republican Moses Sanchez and Libertarian Nicholas Sarwark have never been elected in Phoenix.
Oct. 26, 2018
Race Pits Educator Against Established Lawmaker
Incumbent Superintendent Diane Douglas lost her re-election bid to former California Congressman Frank Riggs in the five-way Republican primary. Democrat and recent educator Kathy Hoffman beat out David Schapira, former Tempe City Councilman and state legislator in her primary.
Oct. 25, 2018
Study: Millennials Stressed Out From 2016 Election May Never Vote
The study in the Journal of American College Health found among nearly 800 ASU students a quarter came away with "event-related clinical distress," as symptom psychologists argue can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder later in life.
Oct. 25, 2018
Democrats Take Up Medicare-For-All Battle Cry
When Bernie Sanders started talking "Medicare-for-all" during his 2016 presidential campaign, it seemed like a far-flung idea. But a new poll from National Nurses United shows that more than half of Democratic candidates in this year’s election support the idea.
Oct. 25, 2018
The Takeaway: Attempted Bombings Point To A Widening Political Divide
The news cycle was brought to a standstill, when leaders of the Democratic Party, as well as CNN's New York offices, were delivered packaged bombs, in what appeared to be a coordinated campaign of violent intimidation.
Oct. 25, 2018
The Takeaway: Big Tech Ideas? To Fix Our Voting System, Experts Say We Don
For the final piece of "Making it Count," we turned to some experts to share their biggest, most ambitious ideas for improving our voting system in the future. They assess the idea of online voting, voting apps and more. Their consensus: fixing our elections won't happen with a fancy technological solution.
Oct. 25, 2018
How Does Religion Shape Modern American Politics?
The intersection of religion and politics has been a part of the U.S. since the dawning of the new nation in the late 18th century. To what extent is the separation of church and state an actual reality, and how many Americans truly believe it should be the case?
Oct. 24, 2018
McCain Institute Director Explains Call For Mavericks To Vote
The McCain Institute is calling for “mavericks” to cast their votes for human rights this midterm election. Kurt Volker, executive director of the McCain Institute, joined The Show to talk about the campaign.
Oct. 24, 2018
Election Cybersecurity A Concern Among State Officials
It’s just a few weeks until midterm election day on November 6. But, as you’re making decisions about who to vote for, the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State recently said that cybersecurity is keeping many of them up at night.
Oct. 24, 2018
Corp Comm Candidates Weigh In On Ethics Code, Renewable Energy
Tuesday afternoon, KJZZ hosted a debate among the four Arizona Corporation Commission candidates — Democrats Sandra Kennedy and Kiana Maria Sears, and Republicans Rodney Glassman and Justin Olson.
Oct. 24, 2018
Bennett Turns To Courts To Reimburse Campaign Expenses
Former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Ken Bennett is making one last legal effort to get the public to reimburse him for campaign expenses. Bennett is asking a judge to order state and county election officials to allow him to prove disqualified signatures are legitimate
Oct. 24, 2018
The Takeaway: With Midterm Elections In Sight, Record Amounts Of Money Spent On Campaign Ads
With the midterm elections less than two weeks away, candidates for office and political groups are pouring record amounts of money into campaign ads.
Oct. 24, 2018
Brnovich Vs. Contreras: A Look At Arizonas Attorney General Race
At an interview on a Friday in his office, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wore a blue suit, red tie and black Nikes. I complimented his shoes and Brnovich said they get him flack from fellow Republicans. For Brnovich, the culture war over Colin Kaepernick does not tip the scale against being fiscally conservative.
Oct. 24, 2018
Bernie Sanders Stumps For David Garcia In AZ
Bernie Sanders was in Arizona Tuesday, speaking to crowds in Tucson and Tempe. The Vermont senator and former presidential candidate stumped at rallies for David Garcia, the Democrat running for governor.
Oct. 24, 2018
Migrant Caravan Becomes Issue Before Midterms
As the caravan of migrants from Central America swells, President Trump has called them criminals and threatened to cut off aid to their home countries.
Oct. 23, 2018