Arizona Politics News


New task force to address AZ teacher retention
On Thursday, Gov. Katie Hobbs put out an executive order to establish an Educator Retention Task Force in an effort to address what she calls a “retention crisis.” The governor and her team will hold regular meetings with stakeholders and conduct surveys in hopes of understanding why Arizona teachers leave their positions.
Challenges To Signatures Could Remove Candidates
More than 25 challenges to Arizona candidates’ petition signatures were filed before yesterday’s deadline in races for governor, legislature and Congress.
June 14, 2018
Lawmaker Calls Immigrants Existential Threat
A Republican lawmaker is being criticized for saying "there aren't enough white kids to go around" when discussing integration in schools at an event in northern Arizona.
June 14, 2018
Maricopa County Recorder Reacts To SCOTUS Voter Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Ohio’s voter purge law has Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes conducting a voter reassurance campaign in Arizona’s most populated region.
June 12, 2018
Vermont Strengthens Protections For Harassment Victims
Early this year, at the Arizona State Capitol, we saw the #MeToo movement play out when state representative Don Shooter was expelled from the legislature by his fellow representatives for allegations of sexual misconduct.
June 12, 2018
The Takeaway: Ranked Choice Voting Debuts In Maine Primaries
Today marks the first attempt of any American state to use ranked choice voting, as voters in Maine head to the polls today to pick Republican and Democratic primary candidates. But it could also be the last, as the voting method itself is up for referendum.
June 12, 2018
Lawsuit Questions Kirkpatricks Residency
A Democratic opponent of U.S. Congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick has asked the Maricopa County Superior Court to disqualify her from running in Arizona's District 2.
June 12, 2018
Williams Named Interim Phoenix Mayor Amid Council Infighting
The city of Phoenix has a new mayor. Though she’ll only be holding the position until election results determine former Mayor Greg Stanton’s longer-term successor, Thelda Williams takes the reins of the city for a third interim period, and she’ll serve at least until November.
June 12, 2018
More Dems File To Run For AZ Legislature Than Ever Before
A total of 114 Democratic candidates have filed to run for the Arizona Legislature, topping the previous record of 101 in 2002. The final candidate list for the 2018 primaries will be released after Wednesday’s filing deadline.
June 12, 2018
Arizona Senate Candidate Submitted Forged Signatures
The deadline for Arizona candidates to send in nomination petitions was May 30, and now The Arizona Republic is reporting one candidate appears to have submitted dozens of forged signatures.
June 11, 2018
Voter Registration Settlement May Affect Election Turnout
A coalition of activist groups called One Arizona has a goal to register 200,000 Arizonans to cast ballots in November, and the recent settlement of a voter registration lawsuit will affect those efforts.
June 7, 2018
The Takeaway: From Alabama To California — Breaking Down Tuesday
Voters in eight states, including New Jersey, California, and Montana, went to the polls on Tuesday to select the candidates for November's midterms. Since 2012, the electoral system in California has used a very unorthodox procedure called the "Jungle Primary."
June 6, 2018
Arizona Makes It Easier To Register To Vote
A consent decree related to voting in Arizona was officially announced this week. Secretary of State Michele Reagan has agreed to remove a series of hurdles that currently affect some who want to register to vote.
June 6, 2018
19 Candidates Vie For President Of Navajo Nation
Nineteen candidates are running for Navajo Nation president this election cycle, including three women, one of which identifies as transgender.
June 6, 2018
#RedForEd Teachers Are Running For Office
The #RedForEd movement saw thousands of teachers march on the Arizona Capitol. Some of those teachers are keeping one foot in the political arena and one in the classroom by running for local office.
June 5, 2018
The Takeaway: What To Watch For Today In California
Known as the "jungle primary," both party's ballots are open to all registered voters and the top two vote-getters, regardless of affiliation, will be featured on the general election ballot.
June 5, 2018
PAC Scam Prosecution Reveals Larger Problem
Two Arizona brothers last month were charged with crimes including mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.
June 5, 2018
Boas On GOP Immigration Ads
Now we’re going to check in with the Editorial Board of The Arizona Republic. It’s a regular segment where we talk about the big issues facing the state and the region featured in the newspaper’s Viewpoints section.
June 4, 2018
Ken Bennett Taps Into Voters Who Dislike McCain
Looking to run against Gov. Doug Ducey, fellow Republican gubernatorial hopeful Ken Bennett says, if elected, he would not appoint Cindy McCain to fill a vacancy in the event that Senator John McCain steps down or passes away.
June 4, 2018
Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus Joins Lawsuit
The Trump administration’s plan to add a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census has been met with multiple lawsuits, as reported previously on The Show.
June 1, 2018
Working To Elect Veterans To Congress
The group With Honor said it’s seen a huge increase in veterans running for Congress — both Republicans and Democrats.
June 1, 2018