Arizona Politics News


Hobbs, GOP lawmakers negotiate transportation sales tax
Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs is negotiating with Republican state lawmakers to craft a deal on whether to extend the Maricopa County half-cent sales tax for transportation.
Attorneys Argue Former Rep. Shooter Has No Case
Attorneys for Arizona's former House speaker J.D. Mesnard and Gov. Doug Ducey's former aide Kirk Adams have asked a federal court to toss out Don Shooter's lawsuit against the two politicians.
June 6, 2019
Gov. Ducey Alone In Support For Mexico Tariffs
The Governor of Mexico's northern state of Sonora has decided to part ways with Governor Doug Ducey over the Trump Administration's impending tariffs.
June 7, 2019
2 New Phoenix Councilmembers Sworn In Thursday
In last month’s runoff election for Phoenix City Council seats, Betty Guardado beat Vania Guevara in District 5, which covers much of west Phoenix. In District 8, which includes parts of east Phoenix, downtown, south Phoenix and Laveen, Carlos Garcia beat Mike Johnson with 51.5 percent of the vote.
June 6, 2019
Arizona Supreme Court Will Revisit Drug-Related Crimes Law
The Arizona Supreme Court will take another look at the state’s sentencing law for individuals convicted for drug-related crimes. In 1996, after the three-strikes law cracked down on drug offenders, Arizona voters approved the Drug, Medicalization, Prevention and Control Act.
June 5, 2019
Employers Rarely Held Accountable For Hiring Undocumented Immigrants
As debate about the border and the status of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. rages on, only 11 individuals were prosecuted for hiring undocumented workers in the past year. Three received jail time.
June 5, 2019
Hobbs, GOP Disagree On Election Money In State Budget
Money for elections came up short in this year’s state budget, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.
June 5, 2019
U.S. House Passes DREAM Act
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the DREAM Act by a margin of 50 votes. The legislation creates a pathway to citizenship for children who were brought to the country when their parents entered illegally.
June 4, 2019
Mexico-U.S. Tariff Tension Is Opportunity For States
A Mexican delegation of high-ranking officials is still in Washington preparing to dialogue with the U.S. government. Their plan is to avoid the enactment of President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs to Mexican goods. As tensions linger, an opportunity for border states arises.
June 4, 2019
Supreme Court Passes On Trump Administrations DACA Case
The Trump administration's efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will have to wait a little longer for its day in court, but the roughly 800,000 DACA recipients remain uncertain about their futures.
June 4, 2019
Large Crowds Gather To Protest Donald Trump In London
President Trump’s visit to Great Britain continues today. Despite Trumps claims that reports of protests are "fake news," BBC correspondent Rich Preston reports that large crowds had gathered to protest against the president.
June 4, 2019
Original Copy Of Treaty Returns To The Navajo Nation
An original copy of the Treaty of 1868 now belongs to the Navajo Nation.
June 4, 2019
Ducey Prefers Focus On Border Safety Rather Than Tariffs
The U.S. and Arizona Chambers of Commerce may be nervous about President Donald Trump's plan to impose multiple tariffs on Mexico, but Governor Doug Ducey is not.
June 4, 2019
9th Circuit Rules Against Libertarians
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld signature requirements that make it harder for Libertarians to get candidates on Arizona ballots, and Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery might have a better chance of getting appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court.
June 3, 2019
Boas: Rep. Kelly Townsend Retaliates Against Critic
When a citizen from Glendale posted on Facebook that Rep. Kelly Townshend "favors child molesters," the Republican lawmaker called the man's employer.
June 3, 2019
State Budgets Bounty Is Actually Smaller Than Appears
This year's Arizona state budget is more than 11 percent higher than last year's, but there's less new spending than there is spending to pay back debt.
June 3, 2019
9th Circuit Throws Out Libertarian Suit Against Signature Requirements
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found against the Arizona Libertarian Party last week in its challenge of a law requiring the party to gather the signatures of one percent of all eligible Arizona voters to qualify for the primary ballot in elections.
June 3, 2019
SCOTUS Against Goldwater Institute In Child Welfare Case
The U.S. Supreme Court has rebuffed a bid to void a federal law that challengers claim is racist because it places the desires and rights of Native American tribes over the constitutionally protected best interests of children.
June 3, 2019
Mexico Asks For Dialogue After Trumps Threat On Tariffs
President Donald Trump is pushing Mexico to stop Central American immigrants from arriving to the border by threatening to impose tariffs on Mexican imports. And the Mexican president is calling for dialogue, while sending a committee to Washington.
May 31, 2019
Bills That Bombed In The Recent AZ Legislative Session
The Arizona Legislature adjourned Tuesday morning, and that means several bills died before they could get a formal vote.
May 31, 2019
While Trump Threaten Tariffs, Mexican Senate Starts USMCA Ratification
President Donald Trump threatened on Twitter to impose a 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods if the flux of immigrants towards the border wasn’t stopped. But meanwhile, the Mexican government is about to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
May 31, 2019