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.
Lawyers for Biggs, Finchem, Gosar fight ballot challenges
Attorneys for U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem told a Maricopa County judge he has no authority to bar any of the officials from running for office based on a provision in the U.S. Constitution.
April 20, 2022
Rachel Mitchell sworn in as interim Maricopa County attorney
Rachel Mitchell has been sworn in as Maricopa County’s interim top prosecutor after the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint her.
April 20, 2022
What Kyiv is like 2 months into Russias invasion
The Show checks back in with Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Matsarsky two months after the war in Ukraine began.
April 20, 2022
2022 AZ candidates are raising, spending record amounts
Candidates for statewide office are raising and spending money in record numbers, according to new reports reflecting the first three months of the year.
April 20, 2022
Mayorkas headed for congressional testimony on Title 42 and other policies next week
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is slated to testify to the House Judiciary Committee next week about border and immigration issues. In a letter, ranking Republican member Jim Jordan of Ohio says the committee will ask about the administration’s use of policies like the Trump-era Title 42.
April 19, 2022
Are Arizonas libertarian-leaning days over? Justice Clint Bolick weighs in
Arizona has been considered one of the most independent and libertarian-leaning states in the nation. But Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to sign several bills have some wondering whether libertarian philosophies are simply being absorbed into more typical party politics.
April 19, 2022
Havasupai plaintiffs hope their lawsuit forces changes at the Bureau of Indian Education
Part of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Indian Education has been revived by a federal court. In a previous case, students of Havasupai Elementary School claimed a lack of educational opportunities for students with disabilities. Now, the claim goes for all students at the school.
April 19, 2022
Arizona Senate passes 2 controversial education bills
One gives parents the right to sue teachers and government officials if they take over the parents’ right to direct the upbringing of their children. And another would require school boards to adopt procedures so parents could access the books and materials available in school libraries
April 19, 2022
Bill that would force teachers to post curriculum online fails — for now
A bill that would require Arizona teachers to post their lesson plans, curriculum and other materials online has failed to pass. Republican Rep. Steven Kaiser, who supports the bill, was disappointed that the bill came up two votes short of passing.
April 19, 2022
Bill banning COVID vaccine mandates heads to Duceys desk
Republican state senators approved a bill to ban the government at the state, county or municipal level from mandating vaccines for COVID-19 or any variant of the virus.
April 18, 2022
Trump statement indicates he wont endorse Brnovich for U.S. Senate
Donald Trump said it was a “shame” that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich wasn’t prosecuting anyone for the former president’s false claims of voter fraud.
April 18, 2022
This AZ doctor says patients should be able to end their own lives
Palliative care options have increased significantly in recent years, but some in Arizona are advocating for the state to legalize medical aid in dying. One of them is retired physician Tom Fitch, who is a member of the leadership team of Arizona End-of-Life Options.
April 18, 2022
A third of likely voters in GOP primary undecided on governor
About a third of likely voters in the Republican primary are undecided on Arizona’s race for governor and nearly half are undecided on the U.S. Senate race, according to a new poll. Mike Noble is the chief of research at OH Predictive Insights, which released the survey of 500 likely Republican voters last week.
April 18, 2022
A $5B budget surplus has lawmakers scrambling to choose priorities
Unable so far to craft a budget deal despite — or because of — an anticipated $5 billion surplus, Republican leaders are looking for an exit strategy to finally end the legislative session that began in January.
April 18, 2022
Chicanos Por La Causa launches Latino voter registration campaign
Phoenix-based activism group Chicanos Por La Causa has launched a $10 million nonpartisan campaign to get more Latino people to vote in Arizona.
April 18, 2022
Legislative and statewide primary debates begin this week
With the filing deadline for the 2022 Arizona election now passed and the August primary elections on the horizon, the Citizens Clean Election Commission will begin hosting candidate debates this week.
April 18, 2022
AG wants to stop death-row inmates mental fitness test
Prosecutors have asked the Arizona Supreme Court to call off a mental-fitness hearing for death-row prisoner Clarence Dixon. The exam may delay the state’s first execution since 2014.
April 16, 2022
Board of Supervisors to interview GOP candidates for county attorney
One of the GOP candidates hoping to finish Allister Adel’s term as Maricopa County’s top prosecutor will get a chance to do the job through at least the November election. The Board of Supervisors plans to hold interviews next week.
April 15, 2022
Phoenix seeks nominations for contributors to Juneteenth documentary project
Phoenix did not yet have its current name in June of 1865, when Black slaves were freed in Texas, months after the Confederacy had surrendered. City officials are calling out to the public to tell the history of local Juneteenth celebrations over the 150-plus years since.
April 15, 2022
An Americans harrowing journey to escape Ukraine
Forty-seven-year-old Kevin Raison moved to Kyiv from Seattle last fall — for both love and work — and had just finished the process of establishing his Ukrainian residency about a week and a half before the war started. But once the invasion was underway, he knew he had to get out.
April 15, 2022