Arizona Politics News


Sinema says shes negotiating in good faith with Biden
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said it should come as “no surprise” that she hasn’t been transparent with the public about where she stands on President Biden’s economic agenda.
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As Nearly Free As Possible Act would require Arizona to pay 50% of college tuition
The statutory measure is titled the As Nearly Free As Possible Act would, if passed, require the Arizona Legislature to pay for at least 50% of tuition and fees for undergraduate resident students. Or it would add a 2 percentage point surcharge to corporate income tax.
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Oct. 5, 2021
Treasury Department says Arizona must stop COVID-19 grants for schools without mask mandates
The U.S. Treasury Department ordered Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to stop using federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay for two school grant programs that discourage public schools from issuing mask mandates.
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Oct. 5, 2021
Joe Arpaio announces run for mayor of Fountain Hills
Joe Arpaio announced Tuesday he’ll run in the 2022 Fountain Hills mayoral race. The press release says the former Maricopa County sheriff will focus on familiar topics such as illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
Oct. 5, 2021
Co-editor tackles challenge of meaningful immigration reform
The phrase “immigration reform” has been used by people of all political stripes for decades, and it can mean many different things. The new book "Immigration Matters: Movements, Visions, and Strategies for a Progressive Future" offers ideas for how true immigration reform could happen.
Oct. 5, 2021
Ex-county official admits he misused $84,000
Jeffrey P. Lee, a former Coconino County official who went on to oversee Navajo County’s health department, has pleaded guilty to three felony charges stemming from his acknowledged misuse of public money to cover $84,000 in personal expenses.
Oct. 5, 2021
Judge weighs law that hits Flagstaff for higher minimum wage
A judge in Phoenix is weighing whether the Legislature’s decision to charge the city of Flagstaff $1.1 million this year because city voters raised its minimum wage is legal.
Oct. 5, 2021
Labor group trying to recoup unemployment benefits
A labor group is looking to recoup federal unemployment benefits that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ended early. The federal government had initially made an additional $600 a week and then $300 a week available to those out of work in Arizona and other states. But the Governor’s Office wants the bid tossed out.
Oct. 5, 2021
Consular ID is once again a valid form of identification in Arizona
Arizona is now accepting the consular ID as a form of identification for non-citizens. For 10 years, the acceptance of these IDs was prohibited in Arizona and undocumented residents did not have an official form of identification.
Oct. 5, 2021
Mapping consultants begin redrawing AZ district maps
After spending months gathering feedback from Arizona residents, the five members of the Independent Redistricting Commission spent Monday afternoon sharing some of that feedback with their mapping consultants.
Oct. 4, 2021
Arizonas new cyber command center will deal with threats to government data
Arizona officially launched its new cyber command center Monday to deal with threats to state and local government computers. The head of the state Department of Homeland Security insists that Arizonans should not worry that the state will be using all that expensive high tech equipment to spy on them.
Oct. 4, 2021
Activist group confronts Sen. Sinema in ASU restroom
On Sunday, activist group Living United for Change in Arizona confronted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in an Arizona State University restroom about the Build Back Better bill that is stalled in Congress.
Oct. 4, 2021
The Biden administration continues to struggle with immigration
The Biden administration won a bid last week that allows its border agents to continue summarily deporting people almost as soon as they're captured after illegally crossing the border. That was just the start of what's proving to be a tenuous situation for the administration.
Oct. 4, 2021
Boas: Why Sinema may be Congresss biggest radical
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema reportedly made multiple trips to the White House to talk about the pending budget bill. She was the target of a lot of ire from Democrats over her refusal, at least so far, to back the proposal. Sinema was also the subject of a pair of editorials in the Republic over the weekend.
Oct. 4, 2021
SNL pokes fun at Sinema on season opener
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was a topic on "Saturday Night Live’s" 47th season opener. Cecily Strong donned a blond wig and glasses to portray the senator.
Oct. 4, 2021
Theres an app for Arizona redistricting feedback. Some say its unusable
The process of redistricting in Arizona is ongoing, as the state’s independent committee listens to public comments. One of the main issues at a recent hearing was the online map submission system, which many commenters said was too difficult to use.
Oct. 3, 2021
Arizona Sen. Sinema explains why shes holding out on the infrastructure bill
Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema on Saturday issued a rebuttal to sharp criticism over her hold out on a vote for a combined $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
Oct. 2, 2021
Hundreds of pro-choice advocates gather for Womens March
Hundreds of pro-choice advocates gathered at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix on Saturday morning in response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold Texas’s anti-abortion law.
Oct. 2, 2021
Arizona Supreme Court to consider case blocking school mask ban
The Arizona Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that found new laws banning schools from requiring masks and a series of other measures were unconstitutional.
Oct. 2, 2021
Cities cant stop workers from donating to city races, AG says
In a formal opinion, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded cities can't bar their employees from contributing to races for city council and mayor. He is specifically citing a Phoenix ordinance that prohibits candidates for city offices from accepting contributions from city workers.
Oct. 1, 2021
10 Womens March events planned for Arizona on Oct. 2
On Saturday, women’s marches for reproductive rights are planned across the country. Marches are planned for 10 towns and cities in Arizona, including at the state Capitol in Phoenix, Armory Park in Tucson and the Flagstaff City Hall.
Oct. 1, 2021