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.
Trump Creates Advisory Commission On Election Integrity
The commission’s chair will be Vice President Mike Pence, and the vice chair will be Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — one of the co-authors of Arizona’s SB 1070.
May 12, 2017
Bernie Sanders, DNC Chairman Lead Rally In Mesa
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders attempted to drum up support for the Democratic Party in Mesa on Friday night.
April 21, 2017
Maricopa County Recorders Office Names New Elections Director
Last November, Adrian Fontes was elected new Maricopa County recorder, defeating the longtime leader of that office, Helen Purcell. And Elections Director Karen Osborne retired, leaving an opening in that position. After a national search, Osborne’s permanent successor is Reynaldo Valenzuela.
April 14, 2017
Arizona Republicans Impose More Restrictions On Voter Initiatives
Republican state lawmakers on Thursday agreed to impose two new sets of restrictions on initiatives that opponents say in combination with already-approved measures will effectively deny the ability of voters to propose their own laws.
April 14, 2017
Phoenix Hosting Local Reading Of Writers Resist At Burton Barr
Groups of creative people — especially those on the progressive side — have been getting together in-person and in online communities to talk about the results of November’s presidential election and how they should respond.
Jan. 13, 2017
Arizonas Electoral College Members Pressured To Vote For Anyone Other Than PEOTUS Donald Trump
It takes 270 Electoral College votes to elect a president. Eleven of those votes come from Arizona. And for more than a month, members of the Electorate have been hounded to cast their ballot for anyone but President-elect Donald Trump.
Dec. 16, 2016
Maricopa County Election Results Official, Lowest Since 2000 Elections
Election results in Maricopa County can now be considered “official.” The County Board of Supervisors canvassed the numbers in a special board meeting downtown Monday morning.
Nov. 28, 2016
In 2016 Election, Why Didnt Women Have A Similar Sense of Shared Fate?
In November, there was a female presidential candidate running for the first time in American history, but 42 percent of women voted for Donald Trump and a majority of White women voted for Trump.
Nov. 22, 2016
Arizonans In Conversations For Chair Of Both RNC, DNC
Both the Republican and Democratic national committees are looking for new chairmen. Reince Priebus will leave the RNC to become President-elect Donald Trump’s new chief of staff, and the DNC has had an interim chair since Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigned over the summer.
Nov. 18, 2016
Arizona House Speaker-Elect Mesnard Discusses Priorities, Term Limits
House and Senate members selected their new leaders last week. Steve Yarbrough will take over as Senate leader, while his East Valley neighbor, J.D. Mesnard, is the speaker-elect.
Nov. 17, 2016
Bipartisan UA Group Calls For Restoration Of Civility
After a contentious election, a bipartisan group of national leaders has issued a joint statement calling on the restoration of civility.
Nov. 17, 2016
Judge Throws Out Part Of Challenge To Arizona Proposition 206
A judge has thrown out part of the challenge to a new state law that bars cities and towns from telling private employers what fringe benefits and paid time off they have to provide for workers.
Nov. 17, 2016
Paul Penzone Discusses Future Of Maricopa County Sheriffs Office
Last Tuesday, Penzone beat Arpaio, knocking America’s so-called "toughest sheriff" out of a position he’s held for 24 years.
Nov. 16, 2016
Adrian Fontes Wants To Make Voting More Accessible In Maricopa County
Adrian Fontes defeated longtime Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell and will take over the position in January.
Nov. 16, 2016
Arizona Latino Community Organizer Worries About Immigration Policies Under Donald Trump
Political leadership in Phoenix and Arizona does not reflect the fact that the city is more than 40% Latino. But In the recent general election more Latinos were elected and early estimates say the Latino Vote was up. The group La Machine was one of the key organizations behind that increase.
Nov. 15, 2016
UA Immigrant Dreamer:
Immigration advocates across the country are preparing for what they call a great unknown. That is, will President-elect Donald Trump carry through with his campaign promises of mass deportations once he’s in office?
Nov. 14, 2016
Democrats Criticize Policy To Reject Early Maricopa County Ballots Without Contacting Voters
The state Democratic Party is slamming Maricopa County election officials who decided not to try to verify questionable signatures on some early ballots.
Nov. 15, 2016
Maricopa County Officials Move Closer To Finishing Vote Count
The Maricopa County recorder’s office is making progress tabulating the remaining mail in and provisional ballots.
Nov. 14, 2016
Search For Scottsdale City Manager Continues
The Scottsdale City Council had narrowed the field of applicants for a city manager from a nationwide search to five, but two of those candidates dropped out earlier in the month.
Nov. 11, 2016
Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Looking Forward To Economic Benefits Of New Sheriff
This week’s election brought an end to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s 24 years in office here in Maricopa County, which has been celebrated by many Hispanic advocacy organizations that campaigned against him.
Nov. 11, 2016