Arizona Politics News


GOP leaders pressure Hobbs to donate $1.3M in excess inaugural cash
The top two Republican lawmakers want Katie Hobbs to put money left over from the inaugural celebration into a state account — where it can't be used to elect more Democrats.
Former Secretary Of State Emails Missing
Recently, the Arizona Mirror filed a public records request for emails sent during former Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s tenure in office, but when current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ office searched for the information, they found the emails for Reagan, along with her top staffers, seem to have been deleted.
Feb. 26, 2019
Activists Call For Better Prisons Health Care
Activists and formerly incarcerated people gathered at the Arizona Department of Corrections headquarters Monday in downtown Phoenix to send a message to director Charles Ryan.
Feb. 26, 2019
Boas: Survey Shows Public Optimism On Lives, Communities
Earlier this month, the American Enterprise Institute released its latest survey on community and society, social capital, civic health and quality of life in the United States.
Feb. 25, 2019
U.S. In Talks With Key Asian Countries This Week
Important rounds of talks are expected this week between the U.S. and two key Asian countries. For more on that and other international stories coming up this week, The Show was joined by BBC’s Pooneh Ghoddoosi.
Feb. 25, 2019
Bill Introduced To Expand School Vouchers
Sen. Sylvia Allen introduced a bill that would open up new ESA —or school voucher — eligibility, effectively expanding the program. The bill would also move ESA oversight from the Department of Education to the the State Treasurer’s office to be managed by an outside contractor.
Feb. 25, 2019
High-Profile Bills Fail To Advance In Legislature After Key Deadline
After a week of packed committee agendas, state lawmakers are expected to debate a number of bills on the floor of the Arizona House or Senate this week.
Feb. 25, 2019
Gila River Indian Community Back On Board With Drought Plan
The Gila River Indian Community will provide the promised 500,000 acre-feet of water for Arizona's Drought Contingency Plan after an assurance that legislation the tribe opposed is dead.
Feb. 25, 2019
Resolution For Parity In Petition Gathering Could Make Voter Initiatives More Difficult
Supporters behind an Arizona proposal requiring petitioners collect signatures proportionately from all 30 legislative districts say it would level the playing field between urban and rural communities.
Feb. 25, 2019
The Takeaway: Venezuela — After A Tense Weekend, What Is The Way Forward?
The situation in Venezuela continued to escalate, with clashes and demonstrations erupting over the question of international intervention to remove President Nicolas Maduro U.S.-backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself president of Venezuela last month, demanding President Maduro step down.
Feb. 25, 2019
Mesa-Mexico Cargo Project Takes Off, Seeks Expansion
A one-of-its-kind customs project to speed deliveries from Mesa airport to Mexico is — literally — taking off. The project is called SkyBridge, and it was was created by Mesa officials and business developers, along with their Mexican counterparts.
Feb. 25, 2019
U.S. Senate Candidate Kelly Holds First Phoenix Rally
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly kicked off a "mission for Arizona" Saturday as he launched his U.S. Senate campaign with a rally in Tucson, the city where his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, survived a shooting when she was a congresswoman. Kelly also held a campaign rally on Sunday in Phoenix at The Van Buren.
Feb. 24, 2019
APS To Invest In Battery Storage, Solar Power
Arizona Public Service — the state’s largest utility — has announced a significant move toward massive batteries and, likely, away from coal power. With that, it will also capture solar energy and add that alternative power to the grid.
Feb. 22, 2019
The Takeaway: Hearing Over Ballot Fraud In North Carolina Centers Around One Political Operative
Elections officials in North Carolina continued to hear testimony on Tuesday regarding allegations of ballot fraud of November's congressional election, which may have swung the results.
Feb. 22, 2019
New Arizona Measures Could Result In Fewer Vaccinations, Despite Medical Objections
Arizona lawmakers approved three measures that could result in fewer children being vaccinated, this, despite objections from doctors and other medical professionals who say the changes could undermine public health.
Feb. 22, 2019
Reporter Talks About Yemens Humanitarian Crisis In Presentation
Yeme's civil war — combined with economic struggles — have pushed the nation into a humanitarian crisis. Journalist Iona Craig has been reporting from Yemen for nearly a decade, and she is in the Valley for a presentation Thursday evening.
Feb. 21, 2019
Texting-While-Driving Ban Moves Through Legislature
Arizona is one of three states without an explicit ban on texting while driving, although the issue has come up at the Arizona Legislature each of the past several years.
Feb. 21, 2019
New Bill Could Restrict Citizen Initiatives And Circulators
Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill forward at the Arizona Capitol that would place new restrictions on citizen initiatives and the people hired to gather signatures to get them on the ballot.
Feb. 21, 2019
A Bill To Expedite AZs Rape Kit Testing Passes
An Arizona Senate bill that would have created a statewide database of DNA has been dramatically scaled back and then was amended again, all within 72 hours. Arizona Republic reporter Bree Burkitt was at the hearing where the bill passed, and she joined The Show.
Feb. 21, 2019
Lawmakers Will Debate Status Of Medical Marijuana Extracts
The Arizona Public Safety House Committee voted 5-2 this week to send the debate over medical marijuana edibles to the full House chamber.
Feb. 21, 2019
Sinema Talks Improvements, Opportunities For Vet Care
Since the Phoenix VA became the flashpoint for inadequate care, Arizona's congressional members have been involved with attempts to bring improvements. At the center of those efforts has been Sen. Kyrsten Sinema​.
Feb. 20, 2019