Arizona Politics News


Townsend subpoenas election info from Maricopa County, despite it being available
The head of the Arizona Senate Government Committee has subpoenaed Maricopa County officials for records detailing how the recent general election was run.
Hobbs hopes lawmakers will work across the aisle on abortion
On the campaign trail, Katie Hobbs promised she would work to repeal the Arizona's near-total abortion ban. But the governor-elect may face challenges.
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Republican Gov. Ducey meets with Democrat Gov.-elect Hobbs
Outgoing Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday that his Republican administration will ensure an orderly transition to Democrat Katie Hobbs, his first public statement on her victory.
Bill To Revise Mail-In Ballot Procedures Clears Senate Committee
Arizona Senate Bill 1046 has been successfully voted out of committee by the Senate. The bill, which passed on party lines, said those who receive ballots by mail may only return them by mail and not drop them off at polling places.
Jan. 25, 2019
Shutdown Ends, Trump Warns Congress It Has 3 Weeks
President Donald Trump announced the end of the five-week-long government shutdown Friday, but warned if Congress doesn’t fund a border wall project in three weeks, he will work around it to fund the wall.
Jan. 25, 2019
WATCH: Trump Remarks About Partial Government Shutdown
President Donald Trump is giving remarks about the 35-day partial government shutdown from the White House Rose Garden.
Jan. 25, 2019
Election Day Drop Off Ban Advances
A state Senate committee has approved a pair of election-related bills on a party-line vote.
Jan. 25, 2019
Bill Would Require Early Ballots Be Mailed Back
Arizona voters who get an early ballot in the mail would be required to mail them back, under a bill given approval on a party-line vote in a state Senate committee yesterday. SB1046 would take away the option early voters currently have to also drop their ballots off at polling places.
Jan. 25, 2019
The Takeaway: The Art Of The Political Apology
Day by day the democratic field grows, with more and more presidential hopefuls throwing their hats into the ring. But there’s something else noticeably different this time around, the candidates are apologizing for past policy positions.
Jan. 25, 2019
Employment Authorization Card Holders Entitled To Drivers Licenses
Gov. Doug Ducey has given up his fight to bar deferred Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients from getting Arizona drivers’ licenses. After years of fighting the issue, Ducey announced this week: anyone who has an Employment Authorization Card is entitled to a state driver's license.
Jan. 24, 2019
Lawmakers Want To Alter Law To Avoid Income Tax Increase
Three Republican lawmakers want to alter the state’s tax law to ensure Arizonans don't pay more in state income taxes because of changes in federal law. The move would defy Gov. Doug Ducey’s effort to “conform” with federal law.
Jan. 24, 2019
Analysis Shows Same Trend For Empowerment Scholarship Accounts
In November, voters shot down — by a 2-1 margin — Proposition 305, blocking a law that would’ve expanded the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, also referred to as vouchers. But the issue isn’t quite dead, as The Show's guest, Rob O’dell, tells us.
Jan. 23, 2019
Sales Tax Increase To Fund Education Advances In Legislature
Arizona voters could have a choice next year over whether to increase sales taxes to support public education. The Senate Education Committee voted 5-3 Thursday to approve a measure that would let voters decide whether to replace a six-tenths of a cent tax with a penny tax. Voters approved the current tax when they voted yes on Prop 301 about two decades ago.
Jan. 23, 2019
Geologist Discusses Surviving The Government Shutdown
As the government shutdown continues, The Show's taking a closer look at the ways it’s affecting the community. Today, The Show spoke to Judd Sampson. He is the forest geologist for the Tonto National Forest, and has been furloughed for more than a month.
Jan. 23, 2019
Could TSA Go On Strike?
One of the most visible group of government workers hit by the partial shutdown are Transportation Security Administration workers, the TSA. And like other federal workers, they cannot legally strike in protest.
Jan. 23, 2019
The Takeaway: Senator Merkley Asks FBI To Open Probe Over Family Separation Statements
Last Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General released a report, saying “thousands of children” may have been separated from their families before the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy went into effect.
Jan. 22, 2019
The Takeaway: Where Negotiations Stand On Shutdown
It has been over a month since the federal government was last fully open. In the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, nearly 800,000 federal employees are either furloughed or working without pay.
Jan. 22, 2019
Gov. Ducey Talks About Different Issues to Different Audiences
On Friday, Gov. Ducey released his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year. He followed that up with an op-ed in the Republic, and with The Show for his weekly appearance to talk about that was Phil Boas, the paper’s editorial page editor.
Jan. 22, 2019
New Rule Adds Requirement For Free Health Care
About 120,000 Arizonans who are on medicare or medicaid will soon be required to follow a new rule in order to keep their free health care. It’s called the “community engagement” requirement, and it was approved for Arizonans on Friday.
Jan. 22, 2019
AZ Lawmakers Back To Work On Drought Plan
State lawmakers had Monday off, but are back at the Capitol today. And, as it has every day of this short session so far, water continues to dominate the discussion. The state is facing a Jan. 31 deadline to sign off on a Drought Contingency Plan, or the federal government has said it would move to implement restrictions.
Jan. 22, 2019
Duceys Budget Calls For More Education, Rainy Day Money
Gov. Doug Ducey released his $11.4 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year starting on July 1. Among many other provisions, he’s calling for more money for public education, including the next phase of his 20x2020 plan to increase teacher pay, and money to put more police officers in schools.
Jan. 22, 2019
Rep. Stanton Talks With Affected Federal Workers
U.S. Rep. Greg Stanton held a round table discussion in Phoenix Monday to listen to the concerns of federal workers and nonprofit leaders affected by the partial government shutdown.
Jan. 22, 2019
Arizona Supreme Court Hears Challenge To Nondiscrimination Law
A central question related to same-sex marriage may again come before the U.S. Supreme Court: Are businesses allowed to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation? On Tuesday, Arizona’s high court will take up the matter in a high profile case challenging Phoenix's protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people.
Jan. 22, 2019