Arizona Politics News


Justice Department Shares Concerns With AZ Senate Audit, Recount
In a letter to the president of the Arizona Senate, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice expressed concerns that an audit and recount of the November election in Maricopa County may be out of compliance with federal laws.
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AZ Census Response Rate Still Below National Average
The U.S. Census Bureau says this year’s count will end on Oct. 5, despite a federal court ruling saying it should continue through the end of the month. Meanwhile, Arizona’s response rate continues to lag behind the national average.
Oct. 2, 2020
How A Nationalist Group In AZ Has Influenced Republicans
Late spring into earlier summer, protests mounted online and at the Capitol to reopen Arizona. Many of the protesters were more than just loosely connected citizens — they were a part of a group called the Patriot Movement AZ.
Oct. 2, 2020
#AZNumbers: Oct. 2, 2020
#AZNumbers is a weekly segment featuring thoughts and insight into Arizona's economic news. This week's number: 18-24-year-olds.
Oct. 2, 2020
Older Adults More Apt To Share Misinformation
During the 2016 presidential campaign, people 65 and older were more likely to share unverified or fake news stories on Facebook. And we know, even now, fake news stories and memes remain a serious, even dangerous problem. So, how do you know what’s real anymore? Well, there's a class for that.
Oct. 5, 2020
Can People Diagnosed With Dementia Vote?
People with dementia have the right to vote. But sometimes, this population needs extra support to cast their ballot. There’s a new guide out to help voters who have certain cognitive impairments.
Voting With Disabilities: Accessing Assistance | Barriers In Place
Oct. 2, 2020
Feminists Accused Of Violence And Sedition After Being Gassed
While the Black Lives Matter social movement has gained controversial notoriety this year in the U.S., a similar situation has happened with the feminist protests in Mexico. And the government from that country and its capital city are now accusing the protesters of violence and sedition.
Oct. 1, 2020
NPS Blocks Border Wall Protesters From Sacred Spring
Indigenous protesters continue to clash with federal authorities as construction of the Trump administration’s border wall carries on. This week, the National Parks Service announced a road closure at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument that would cut off access to a rare spring that’s sacred to many tribes. And the move is prompting Indigenous organizers to return to the construction line in defiance of the closure.
Oct. 1, 2020
Voting With Disabilities: Accessing The Assistance Thats In Place
Teresa Moore is the GoVoter director in Arizona for the national group Self Advocates Becoming Empowered Voter Project. The Show spoke with her more about her own experiences at the polls and about what mechanisms are already in place to help people with disabilities vote.
Oct. 1, 2020
Arizona Court Of Appeals Revives Dark Money In Political Races
The Arizona Court of Appeals has reopened the door to so-called dark money contributions to political races, and the debate may be familiar to one group — candidates vying for seats on the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Oct. 1, 2020
Biden And Trump Campaigns Pursue Different Strategies In AZ
Arizona was key to Donald Trump’s electoral college win in 2016. The president and his surrogates have been spending a lot of time on the ground here in this election cycle to try and prevent Arizona from slipping away to his opponent former Vice President Joe Biden.
President Trump, First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19
Oct. 2, 2020
Body Cameras Come With Hidden Costs For Arizona DPS
Gov. Doug Ducey announced Sept. 30 the state will accept a gift of 150 body-worn cameras for state troopers with the Department of Public Safety. The cameras are from private providers, which the Governor’s Office would not disclose. And while this gift may mark an easy win — one with bipartisan support — questions around cost and efficacy remain.
Oct. 1, 2020
Advocates Calling For Congress To Include Elections Money In Stimulus Package
Talks are expected to continue Oct. 1 between Congressional Democratic leaders and the Trump administration over a new economic stimulus package. One of the provisions Democrats want in the package is money for election security.
Oct. 1, 2020
Pima County Breaks Record For Early Ballot Requests
As of Wednesday afternoon, 447,774 Pima County voters had requested an early ballot — 77% of registered voters — and the number is still climbing, according to Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.
Oct. 1, 2020
Corporation Commission Candidates Debate Renewable Energy
The candidates running for the Arizona Corporation Commission debated Wednesday night trying to differentiate themselves in a race for three open seats.
Oct. 1, 2020
In Arizona, The Money Behind Marijuana Opposition Is Dwindling
More than $6 million was spent against the 2016 marijuana ballot initiative. Of that, about half came from three key sources. None are available in 2020 as proponents of legalized, recreational marijuana push a new measure at the ballot.
Oct. 1, 2020
Voting With Disabilities: The Barriers People Face
Gov. Ducey and Secretary of State Katie Hobbs are locked in a disagreement over election procedures to help some voters register and cast their ballots. Arden Day is a senior research associate at NAU, and she co-authored a study that looked at the barriers people with disabilities face.
Sept. 30, 2020
Grijalva, Wood Draw Sharp Distinctions For Candidacies In Debate
Democratic U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva participated in an Arizona PBS forum with Republican challenger Daniel Wood, which aired Monday night.
Sept. 29, 2020
MCSO Race: Penzone Seeks Second Term Against Former Arpaio Chief Deputy Sheridan
Four years ago, Paul Penzone unseated Joe Arpaio, who had been sheriff of Maricopa County for 24 years. Now Penzone is facing re-election against Arpaio’s Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan. The race could shape the future of one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country.
Sept. 30, 2020
Concerns Over Mail-In Voting, Voter Suppression Grow As Election Season Kicks Off
Early ballots for the November election will be mailed out starting Oct. 7. Officials are warning voters to mail them back as soon as possible to ensure they arrive by election day on Nov. 3. That advice may be especially important this year as concerns over slow mail service plague election officials.
Sept. 29, 2020
Author Calls For Innovation In U.S. Political System
The current political campaigns have a lot of Americans wondering if the system can be improved. In the new book "The Politics Industry," Katherine Gehl and Michael Porter write about changes they’d like to see — including creating competition for the two major parties.
Sept. 29, 2020