Arizona Politics News


Recall Effort Against House Speaker Bowers Fails
A campaign to recall House Speaker Rusty Bowers failed on a technicality. Petitions to recall the Mesa Republican were turned into state officials without a crucial form as required by law.
Leader Of Arizona House Democrats Stepping Aside
The leader of Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives is stepping aside amid criticism within her own caucus and a challenge in leadership elections planned for this week.
Nov. 9, 2020
Joe Biden Still Leading Donald Trump In Arizona Vote Count
President Donald Trump made up more ground on President-elect Joe Biden in Arizona on Sunday. Biden led Trump by nearly 17,000 votes as of Sunday evening. The Secretary of State’s Office reported that roughly 77,000 ballots remained uncounted as of that time.
Nov. 8, 2020
 Stanton, Kirkpatrick Call Bipartisanship In Split Congress
Prominent elected Democrats from across Arizona are excited to get to work under a Biden-Harris administration. But with a divided congress, Democrats and Republicans will have to find some common ground if they want to get anything done.
Nov. 8, 2020
Trump Campaign Files New Lawsuit Over County Ballots
Attorneys for the Trump campaign and the state and national Republican parties have filed a new complaint over ballot-counting procedures in Maricopa County. The lawsuit, filed Saturday, followed the withdrawal of another lawsuit.
Nov. 8, 2020
Wins For Dems Didnt Translate Far Down AZ Ballot
Arizona has delivered its 11 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. But, wins for Democrats at the top of the ticket didn’t translate very far down the ballot.
WATCH: Biden Victory Speech | 2020 Election Results: National And AZ Races
Nov. 8, 2020
Phoenix Mayor Voices Support For President-Elect Biden
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego welcomed the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House. She says that Biden faces a historic number of challenges, and one of the biggest challenges is dealing with coronavirus.
Nov. 7, 2020
Nez: Native Americans Helped Biden Win
The Navajo Nation voted for Biden by a margin of 97%, according to early data. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez credits Indigenous turnout and outreach efforts with Biden's victory, and says he looks forward to working with a Biden Administration.
Nov. 7, 2020
WATCH: Biden Makes Victory Speech As President-Elect
Joe Biden is addressing the American people as president-elect after a win in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed on Saturday. Watch his remarks live. Video is expected to begin around 6 p.m. Arizona time.
Nov. 7, 2020
Maricopa County Attorney Hospitalized In Stable Condition
A spokeswoman says Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition after she fell at home and hit her head. Spokeswoman Jennifer Liewer said Friday the chief prosecutor for metro Phoenix underwent emergency surgery Tuesday for bleeding on the brain.
Nov. 7, 2020
Biden Wins Presidency, According To AP, Edging Trump
Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.
WATCH: Biden Victory Speech | 2020 Election Results: National And AZ Races
Nov. 7, 2020
Exit Polls Suggest Sinema, Kelly Beat McSally On Health Care
Democrat Mark Kelly is Arizona’s senator-elect, defeating the incumbent Republican Martha McSally, who was appointed to the late-Sen. John McCain’s seat after losing the 2018 Senate election. Washington Post exit polls from 2018 and 2020 showed that health care may have been the common denominator in McSally’s losses.
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Nov. 6, 2020
Arizona Pollsters Stand By 2020 Predictions
Political pollsters took a lot of flak for getting predictions about the 2016 presidential election so wrong, and it’s happening again this time around. Like the weather, political campaigns can shift quickly, making it tough to know where they'll end up.
Nov. 6, 2020
Penzone Sets Record For Most Votes For County Official
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone is declaring victory in his race for reelection against Republican Jerry Sheridan. Penzone has broken the record for most votes received in Maricopa County, and for two elections in a row, he's received more votes than either presidential candidate.
Nov. 6, 2020
Faith Leaders Pray For Patience During The Election Process
Valley faith leaders are asking for patience and prayer as the final votes are tallied in the general election. Community leaders from Arizona held a virtual interfaith prayer service Thursday evening to celebrate successful voter engagement and mobilization of local organizations.
Nov. 6, 2020
Republicans Declare Victory In Arizona House, Senate
In a statement, Senate President Karen Fann and House Speaker Rusty Bowers said, “The people of Arizona want leaders who are focused on economic prosperity and safe communities, not progressive politicians who support the failing policies of California and Illinois.”
Nov. 6, 2020
Maricopa County Races: Where Do They Stand?
Several races for county-level elected positions in Maricopa County are still too close to call, with more results expected Friday evening.
Nov. 6, 2020
How Misinformation Undermines Confidence In Political Institutions
The latest iteration of election-related misinformation in Arizona took an unexpected form this week. "SharpieGate" has an amusing, if not unimaginative ring to it, but the nickname given to fast-flying rumors of uncounted ballots that were filled out with Sharpie markers.
Nov. 6, 2020
▶ This Weeks #AZNumber Is 207
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 207. Listen to the KJZZ business block with Heather van Blokland weekdays at 6 p.m. on 91.5 FM or stream it on
Nov. 6, 2020
Lawyer: Remedies In Arizonas Sharpie Suit Are Unworkable
An attorney defending election officials in metro Phoenix in a lawsuit over the use of Sharpies to complete Election Day ballots said the remedies proposed by those behind the challenge are unworkable.
Nov. 6, 2020
Arizona Voters OK New Tax On High Earners To Fund Schools
Arizona voters have approved a new tax on high-earning residents that could bring in nearly $1 billion of new revenue annually to the state’s underfunded school system. The approval of Proposition 208 came after the state’s business community spent more than $18 million trying to defeat the measure backed by many educators and progressive groups.
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Nov. 5, 2020