Arizona Politics News


Tempe meets to talk about renaming places named after KKK members
The Tempe City Council met Thursday night to discuss the renaming of several parks and schools in the city after discovering they were named after former Ku Klux Klan members. But the process is just getting started.
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Arizona Gov. Ducey Says He Never Banned Mask Mandates
Even though he signed a measure into law that would have prevented Arizona public schools from requiring masks, Gov. Doug Ducey is denying that he played a role in banning mask mandates.
Sept. 30, 2021
Nobody Knows What Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Wants, And Its Holding Up The Biden Agenda
Democrats have to pass a government spending package by midnight, and they were expected to vote on a pair of massive infrastructure bills this week. Negotiations over that pair of bills is stalled. There’s a lot of political back and forth that explains why. Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is at the center of it.
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Sept. 30, 2021
Despite Title 42 Removals, Asylum Seekers Fill Phoenix Shelters
As asylum seekers continue to arrive at the southern border, shelters here in the Valley that serve them are filling up — even as the Biden administration continues to turn away thousands of asylum seekers in the name of a public health measure called Title 42.
Sept. 30, 2021
AZ Redistricting Chair Responds To Criticisms
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is currently holding public meetings to hear from Arizonans about the draft grid maps that the commissioners will begin to adjust next week. The commission conducted its weekly meeting Sept. 28, but did not make any major decisions as the map drawing task is still in its infancy.
Sept. 29, 2021
Election Laws On Hold After Ruling On What Can, Cannot Go In Budget
When a judge ruled Sept. 27 that it was unconstitutional to shoehorn some policy items into the state’s budget reconciliation bills, most of the oxygen was given to mask mandate bans and vaccines. But there was other important language tucked into those measures that are now in limbo pending an appeal as the remaining laws go into effect Sept. 29.
Sept. 29, 2021
Judge Halts Criminal Provisions In New Abortion Law
A judge has blocked a key portion of a new Arizona law that would have let prosecutors bring felony charges against doctors who knowingly terminate pregnancies solely because the fetuses have a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome.
Sept. 29, 2021
Public School Advocates Refer GOP Tax Cut To Voters, But New Election Laws Go Unchallenged
It looks like Arizona voters are going to get the last word on a massive tax cut approved by Republican lawmakers and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey. But a separate effort to override a series of GOP-backed changes in voting law fell short.
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Sept. 28, 2021
Reports: Senate Dems Pitched Parliamentarian New Immigration Reform
A former Republican state senator says D.C. lawmakers should consider going as far as replacing the chamber’s rules expert to make people citizens. Bloomberg News and the Hill reported Tuesday that Senate Democrats have pitched “Plan B” for adding immigration reform to their now back-burnered $3.5 trillion social spending bill.
Sept. 28, 2021
Tourism Office Failed To Document $81,239 In Spending, Report Finds
A state audit has found the agency responsible for promoting Arizona tourism failed to follow spending requirements. The audit found the Office of Tourism didn’t justify and document spending on sponsorships, trade shows and tours to the tune of $81,239.
Sept. 29, 2021
Build Back Better AZ Advocates Say State Needs Infrastructure Funding
The U.S. Senate $1 trillion infrastructure bill is focused on roads, bridges and other traditional builds. It does not include the additional funding that Dora Vasquez, executive director of the Arizona Alliance of for Retired Americans, says Arizona needs and is included in the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better package.
Sept. 29, 2021
Here’s Why The Suns Demolished A Historic Phoenix Hotel
A parking lot will replace a 92-year-old hotel that was recently demolished in downtown Phoenix. The owners of the site also own the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.
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Sept. 28, 2021
University Workers Seeking Stricter COVID-19 Policies After Court Ruling
A Monday court ruling which declared some provisions packed into the state budget unconstitutional and voided the laws before they could take effect clears the way for Arizona public colleges and universities to mandate COVID-19 testing and vaccines if they wish.
Sept. 28, 2021
Fake Document Claims Senate GOP Contractors Recommended Overturning Election
A document posted on a conservative blog claiming that GOP-hired contractors recommended lawmakers overturn the 2020 election is “absolutely false,” according to the contractors.
Sept. 28, 2021
Will Ruling On School Mask Mandates Affect Tucson Districts Plans?
In a highly anticipated and highly controversial decision, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Sept. 27 that a ban on mask mandates in K-12 schools — along with a host of other laws shoehorned into the state budget — is unconstitutional. For some, this revs up a legal fight. But for others, it aligns perfectly with plans that were already in place.
Sept. 28, 2021
How Audit Supporters Are Shaping Future Of Republican Party
The Arizona Senate’s partisan election review of the 2020 presidential election did not turn up any evidence of widespread fraud when contractors released their report Sept. 24. So while it may signal the dwindling days of the so-called audit, the politics surrounding it are only gaining traction.
Sept. 28, 2021
After The Arizona Audit, Advocates Worry Lawmakers Will Sabotage Future Elections
State Senate President Karen Fann (R-Prescott) says now that the results from the so-called audit in Maricopa County are in, some lawmakers are busy working on bills to change election law.
Sept. 28, 2021
People Dont Want Police Jobs. This Researcher Is Finding Out Why
The media spotlight on Black Lives Matter protests and police brutality changed the narrative around what it means to be a police officer in America. And according to Adam Fine's research, it’s shifted the way young people, in particular, see law enforcement.
Sept. 28, 2021
Why Most Phone Companies Still Arent Ready To Stop Spam Calls
Robocalls should be on the decline, and Sept. 28 marks a deadline in that effort: It’s the day by which many U.S. phone companies need to take steps to crack down on robocalls.
Sept. 28, 2021
Foes Of Arizona Tax Cuts, Voting Law Changes Ready Petition Filings
Massive income tax cuts passed by the Arizona Legislature earlier this year and a series of election law changes could be put on hold until voters weigh in next year if opponents turn in enough signatures by a midnight Tuesday deadline.
Sept. 28, 2021
Poll: More In AZ Not In Favor Of Limiting Abortion Rights
OH Predictive Insights sent a poll out to Arizonans about the recent abortion bill passed in Texas. Many voters were not in favor of the bill being passed in Arizona.
Sept. 27, 2021