Arizona Politics News

QAnon figure says hes running for Congress in Arizona
Ron Watkins, one of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, said Monday he is running for Congress in Arizona because the state is at the forefront of the fight by many Republicans over the 2020 election results.
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What can Gov. Ducey do about university vaccine mandates?
Gov. Doug Ducey said he is “reviewing” his options regarding a possible sanction against the state’s three public universities that are now requiring all employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before Dec. 8.
Oct. 19, 2021
Harris argues for Biden climate agenda at sinking Lake Mead
Vice President Kamala Harris stood before the record-low water levels of Nevada’s Lake Mead on Monday and made the case for the Biden administration’s climate change agenda by warning that “this is where we’re headed.”
Oct. 19, 2021
Democrat Sarah Liguori appointed to represent LD28
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Democrat Sarah Liguori to fill a vacant seat in the Arizona House of Representatives. Liguori replaces former Rep. Aaron Lieberman, who resigned from the House in September to focus on running for governor.
Oct. 18, 2021
Boas: Duceys mask pandering puts state funds at risk
Gov. Doug Ducey ran into public opposition — and now legal opposition, as well — for his attempts to distribute federal COVID-19-related funding in a way that aligns with his political views. In a weekend column, Bob Robb of the Republic argued that Ducey was focused too much on political pandering with that approach.
Oct. 18, 2021
Streets named after KKK members could get new names
Tempe councilmembers this week will discuss a recommendation to rename several city parks, streets and neighborhoods named for individuals who were recently discovered to be members of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1920s.
Oct. 18, 2021
Legalized syringe exchanges, fentanyl test strips could help combat overdoses
Community health leaders say two new laws could help round out Arizona’s efforts to combat overdose deaths, which are on the rise even after a bipartisan effort to pass the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act in 2018.
Oct. 15, 2021
Judge rejects Senates claim of legislative privilege over audit records
A judge late Thursday rejected broad claims by the Senate that it need not disclose various documents related to a GOP-led review of the 2020 election.
Oct. 15, 2021
Friday NewsCap: Arizonas newest candidates
KJZZ's Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week. Paul Bentz of HighGround and Chad Campbell of Strategies 360 joined The Show to talk about some new candidates for higher office in Arizona, the state’s continued teacher shortage and and more.
Oct. 15, 2021
Phoenix Magazine names Arizonas 10 scariest people
The latest edition of Phoenix magazine offers a lighthearted look at what it’s calling, "Monster Mash: Arizona’s Scariest People."
Oct. 15, 2021
Independents could outnumber GOP in Maricopa County
Many new voter registrants are turning away from the Republican and Democratic parties. Now Independents are nearly the largest voting group in Maricopa County
Oct. 14, 2021
Justin Olson joins crowded GOP primary for U.S. Senate
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson is the latest Republican to enter the state’s U.S. Senate race. The former state representative joins a crowded field of GOP candidates vying for the chance to run against incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly in 2022.
Oct. 13, 2021
Why the Maricopa County Attorneys Office changed its video policy
Questions continue to be raised about how the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and its prosecutors carry out their duties — and whether transparency plays enough of a role. In response, the office has announced a new policy it hopes will improve the situation.
Oct. 13, 2021
AZ legislators rule Corporation Commissions code of ethics unconstitutional
Attorneys for the Arizona Legislature have interpreted a code of ethics the Arizona Corporation Commission put in place as unconstitutional.
Oct. 13, 2021
Investigation finds Corrections Department using problematic imagery
A recent investigation by the Arizona Republic has found that training materials and documents used by state Department of Corrections personnel includes imagery that is militaristic and similar to graphics used by gangs and white supremacy organizations.
Oct. 13, 2021
Judge to review AZ audit records for possible release
An Arizona judge has ordered the state Senate to immediately provide text messages and emails related to the Senate Republicans’ partisan review of the 2020 vote count.
Oct. 13, 2021
Early Arizona redistricting map gets good grades
The Princeton Gerrymandering Project is an organization that studies the fairness of political redistricting plans nationwide. And it likes what it’s seeing from Arizona, but there is some criticism.
Oct. 12, 2021
Dig through Arizonas past with #AskAnArchivist Day
On Oct. 13, Arizona’s archives will join others around the country for "#AskAnArchivist Day," an effort to promote state archives and what archivists do.
Oct. 12, 2021
Judge sides with Flagstaff in minimum wage fight
A judge has blocked Arizona from collecting $1.1 million from the city of Flagstaff to compensate for its minimum wage that is higher than the state's rate.
Oct. 11, 2021
A court annulled a Trump era water policy. It matters across AZ
The Navigable Waters Protection Rule was a boon to some farmers and ranchers, but worried environmental groups as it significantly cut back the scope of bodies of water that were subject to federal oversight. But now, an Arizona district court is turning back the clock on the Trump administration’s new rule.
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Oct. 11, 2021
AZDHS releases residential ZIP codes for Social Equity Marijuana Licenses
As part of last year’s ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana, the Department of Health Services is required to issue 26 retail licenses to people in communities affected by Arizona’s biased enforcement of previous marijuana laws.
Oct. 10, 2021