Arizona Politics News


What has — or hasnt — been achieved in gun reform since Giffords shooting
As the world struggles to address another mass shooting at an elementary school, some Arizonans have been working nonstop for years to reform gun laws in a state and country generally resistant to such efforts.
Tensions high at AZ Senate during school shooting debate
Tensions were high on the Arizona Senate floor Wednesday as lawmakers debated the root causes of this week’s shooting at an elementary school in Texas.
Senate committee will investigate Rogers online comments
The Arizona Senate's ethics committee voted Wednesday to formally investigate a Republican lawmaker's online comments that appeared to blame the federal government for the recent massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
What sets Arizonas new Right to Try legislation apart from federal law
Legislation known as Right to Try allows patients and their families to pursue potentially life-saving treatment that hasn't received the FDA's approval. Now, Arizona is getting its own version of that law.
April 26, 2022
How We Build the Wall leaders defrauded donors
Money that was donated to help build a southern Arizona border wall instead went toward luxury purchases for the men who organized the effort.
April 26, 2022
Bill to allow vans to transport students passes AZ House
As the country continues to deal with worker shortages, including bus drivers, the Republican-controlled Arizona House passed a bill that would make it possible for school districts to use vans to transport students. But all voting Democrats opposed the plan.
April 26, 2022
New records reveal Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko attended meetings about overturning election
Newly released records from the Jan. 6 select committee reveal that Rep. Debbie Lesko was at a meeting where some elected officials and Trump advisors discussed ways to overturn the election.
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April 25, 2022
Lake and Finchem file federal lawsuits to ban vote-counting machines
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake and Mark Finchem, running for secretary of state, are asking a federal judge to block the use of machines to tabulate the votes in Arizona in the 2022 election.
April 25, 2022
AZ lawmakers continue debating budget, abortion bills impact
Gov. Doug Ducey and fellow Republicans at the state Capitol are divided over the impact of a bill he's signed on abortion. And talks on the state budget continue.
April 25, 2022
Navajo Nation lawmakers considers legalizing same-sex marriage
Earlier this month, the Navajo Nation Council’s Health, Education and Human Services Committee voted against a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage on the largest Native American reservation in the country. The bill is far from dead, however.
April 25, 2022
If Mississippis 15-week abortion ban is upheld, AZ potentially has conflicting laws on record
Gov. Doug Ducey is insisting that all abortions will not become illegal in Arizona even if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the historic Roe v. Wade decision.
April 25, 2022
Education Association president fears massive losses for education funding
The Arizona Supreme Court recently ruled that Proposition 307 would not be on the November ballot. The measure would have allowed voters to decide on tax cuts from last year’s state legislative session.
April 24, 2022
Brnovich sues Hobbs in dispute over election procedures
Republican Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is joining with Republican Party officials to sue Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs in an escalation of a dispute over the election procedures manual she is required to complete.
April 22, 2022
Judge dismisses cases against Biggs, Gosar and Finchem
In a 19-page ruling released Friday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury said private individuals have no legal right to enforce a provision of the U.S. Constitution that bars those who have engaged in "insurrection'' from holding public office. He said only Congress can create such a law.
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April 22, 2022
Friday NewsCap: How Dems might get a say the state budget
This week, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed an interim county attorney, filling the position held by former County Attorney Allister Adel, who resigned amid claims of unprofessional behavior and mishandling the office.
April 22, 2022
House Speaker Bowers honored with Kennedy award
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers will be one of five individuals honored with a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
April 21, 2022
AZ Supreme Court says voters wont get a say on flat tax
The Arizona Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the state's voters do not have the right to reject a massive income tax cut approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey last year.
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April 21, 2022
Grijalva hosts Tucson community meeting on environmental justice bill
Southern Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva hosted a community event in Tucson on Wednesday to give details about a bill he’s part of that would make access to clean air and water a right protected by law.
April 21, 2022
Multi-state Border Strike Force follows dubious AZ model
Gov. Doug Ducey and 25 other governors launched a Border Strike Force April 18 that will be modeled after the one he launched in Arizona in 2015. But an investigation by the Arizona Republic found Ducey’s Border Strike Force hasn’t been nearly as successful as he has made it out to be.
April 21, 2022
Grey Matter medical poetry journal examines health care journeys through art
Every one of us has had some kind of experience with health care or the medical profession. Some of us are willing to share the experiences and how they've shaped us. That applies to the contributors in the new medical poetry journal being unveiled today called “Grey Matter.”
April 21, 2022
House Appropriations Committee votes down budget proposal
A proposal for a new Arizona budget failed to pass the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday as two Republicans joined Democrats in voting it down.
April 21, 2022
Federal government might take over worker safety in AZ
The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it may take over worker safety enforcement in Arizona. The U.S. Labor Department said the state has a nearly decade-long pattern of failing to make and uphold rules as effective as those of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA.
April 20, 2022
Al Gore optimistic on climate change in ASU virtual talk
With Earth Day approaching, a group of academics gathered at Arizona State University for a virtual and in-person conference on climate change and democracy.
April 21, 2022