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.
Arizona AG Mark Brnovich makes misleading claims on Steve Bannons podcast
Arizona’s Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is also in the middle of a political campaign for the U.S. Senate, has made seemingly misleading claims about the Maricopa County’s 2020 election process.
April 15, 2022
Multimillion-dollar campaign launches to have more AZ Latinos vote
There are just over 200 days until the November elections. Chicanos por la Causa held a news conference Thursday to launch a multimillion-dollar campaign to get more Arizona Latinos to vote than in the last midterms.
April 14, 2022
Victim advocacy group reacts to Duceys abortion bill
Jake Martin, president of Survivor Shield, responds to new abortion bans that do not provide exceptions for rape or incest. Survivor Shield is a nonprofit dedicated to destigmatizing victims of sexual assault. Martin says such bans are beyond detrimental to survivors of sexual assault.
April 14, 2022
How Title 42 changed the U.S. immigration process
A group of U.S. senators — including both of Arizona’s — have introduced legislation that would force the Biden administration to keep Title 42 in place. Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema argue we can’t lift the rule without a plan in place, and Sinema has said she has no faith the administration will be able to do what’s necessary in time.
April 14, 2022
New law allows some opioid prescription limits exceptions
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law on Wednesday that would allow for some exceptions on prescription limits for opioids. While opioids are limited to 90 milligrams of morphine or an equivalent, some patients may get exceptions if that dose does not relieve pain.
April 14, 2022
Attorneys for Arizona ask judge to toss school funding lawsuit
Attorneys for the state have asked a judge to toss a lawsuit that claims the state is not fulfilling its constitutional obligation to adequately fund new schools.
April 14, 2022
Former professor says too many college students are self-censoring
As the country gets more politically divided, some observers have become concerned that higher ed administrators — and the students — have moved away from being open-minded and more toward limiting opposing points of view.
April 13, 2022
How one man blocked criminal justice reforms in Arizona
In a new ProPublica piece, reporter Nicole Santa Cruz writes about the influence of political insider Steve Twist in keeping certain criminal justice reforms from being enacted in Arizona.
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April 13, 2022
Bill to exempt rideshare drivers annual car inspections heads to Ducey
A bill heading to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk would provide exceptions to requiring anyone driving for a rideshare company from getting their brakes and tires inspected once per year.
April 13, 2022
U.S. Energy secretary plans visit to northeastern Arizona
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm plans to visit northeastern Arizona this week as part of the Biden administration’s push to shore up the president’s standing in rural America. Granholm plans to highlight the benefits of the infrastructure bill that Biden signed last year.
April 13, 2022
Sen. Kelly hears from Arizonans about how to fix high cost of prescription drugs for seniors
Many older Arizonans on Medicare are struggling to pay for prescription drugs. Sen. Mark Kelly heard testimony on Tuesday from aging and medical advocates about the challenges facing older adults with complex medical conditions.
April 12, 2022
SRP is recounting ballots after its election
Salt River Project voters cast ballots last week in an election for some of the utility’s leadership positions. But now, SRP says it will recount the votes.
April 12, 2022
WNBA commissioner expresses support for Griner ahead of draft
Before Monday night’s WNBA Draft, league commissioner Cathy Engelbert expressed her concern for Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner.
April 12, 2022
Democratic lawmakers arent happy with redistricting. But their concerns come too late
The Arizona Democratic Party made a last-ditch attempt April 11 to win something out of the latest redistricting cycle, but it’s likely too little too late.
April 12, 2022
Hearings delayed on lawsuits seeking to bar 3 AZ Republicans from office
Several lawsuits seek to block three Arizona Republicans from running for, or holding, office because of their alleged involvement with the Jan. 6 insurrection.
April 12, 2022
AZ Senate passes bill to allow sports teams to have temporary betting venues
The state Senate passed a bill that would allow sports teams with betting licenses to organize gambling at temporary venues. Though some lawmakers have concerns the bill specifically is aimed to help the Arizona Coyotes.
April 12, 2022
AZ House votes to delay effective date of proof of citizenship voting bill
The Arizona House of Representatives voted to delay the effective date for legislation that requires voters to provide proof of citizenship to cast a ballot. The delay if signed by Gov. Doug Ducey would push the date to after the 2022 elections.
April 12, 2022
Boas: Why free speech needs to remain free, even if we dont agree with it
The intensity of the political divide in the U.S. has overlapped with other parts of our daily lives — including how we talk to coworkers and neighbors. So how open is too open when it comes to expressing our opinions?
April 11, 2022
AZ lawmakers consider classifying religious organizations as essential services during emergencies
Religious organizations would be considered essential services and be allowed to stay open during an emergency under a proposal set for debate in the state Senate on April 11.
April 11, 2022
Gosar moves from Prescott to Bullhead City
Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar has moved his residence and now lives in Mohave County. A nomination paper filed last month to run in the August primary election lists his residence as a Bullhead City condo.
April 11, 2022