Arizona Politics News

Arizona attorney general debate focuses on abortion laws
Candidates for Arizona attorney general met for a debate on Arizona PBS Wednesday. They discussed issues including election security and drug trafficking, but Arizona’s recently reinstated near-total abortion ban was the dominant topic of the night.
Judge blocks enforcement of AZ law that could impact voter registration volunteers
A federal judge blocked Arizona from enforcing a law that could inadvertently make felons out of volunteers who help people register to vote.
Why some seek out abortion care in the second or third trimester
With the reinstatement of a territorial-era ban that dates back to the 1860s, Arizona women are no longer able to seek abortion care in most cases. But even if this latest legal decision is put on hold or the state’s constitution is eventually amended to reflect what most Arizonans say they want, which is some access to abortion care, women will still need or want abortions — even into their second or third trimester.
High campaign spending keeps Robson competitive
Karrin Taylor Robson has spent $18 million in her bid to be the Republican party’s pick for governor. In contrast, former TV news anchor Kari Lake has spent just $3.8 million.
July 31, 2022
Congress sends bipartisan semiconductor bill to Bidens desk
The $280 billion package provides more than $52 billion in grants and other incentives for the semiconductor industry as well as a 25% tax credit for companies that invest in chip plants in the U.S.
July 30, 2022
Theres new hope for Brittney Griners release as the Phoenix Mercury make playoff push
Phoenix Mercury fans and players long for Brittney Griner to return home safely. New hope came this week when it emerged that the United States has offered to trade Russia an imprisoned arms dealer for Griner and another American.
July 30, 2022
Poll: AZ Voters say inflation is costing $200 more a month
Rising inflation is costing the majority of Arizonans at least an extra $200 per month.
July 31, 2022
NewsCap: What to expect on primary election night
This week, Arizona's Republican party censured two mayors who support another term for democratic Sen. Mark Kelly.
July 29, 2022
Sometimes political polls get it wrong. Theyre still vital for democracy
In an election year like this one, polls are ubiquitous. But are they just a snapshot in time providing context, or do the numbers actually mean something?
July 28, 2022
New DACA applications are at a standstill, and so are the lives of applicants like Victor Vazquez
Victor Vazquez is one of the thousands of 'Dreamers' whose application for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program sits waiting with Homeland Security as the policy's fate is uncertain.
July 28, 2022
Author details how Border Patrol is the most dangerous police force
The U.S. Border Patrol falls under the auspices of Customs and Border Protection, which lists as its mission statement "protect the American people, safeguard our borders and enhance the nation’s economic prosperity." But there are increasing concerns that the Border Patrol has reached too far into the nation’s interior.
July 28, 2022
U.S. attorney for AZ names point person to handle complaints on primary election
Arizona’s primary election is less than a week away, and the top federal prosecutor here has chosen a point person to handle complaints of possible voter discrimination, intimidation and fraud.
July 27, 2022
Reinventing AZs primary system could give more independent voters a voice
Chuck Coughlin is working with the organization Save Democracy AZ to change how our primary system works — possibly by changing to a top-two or ranked-choice process.
July 27, 2022
Taxpayers to pay lawyers who argued against Prop. 208
Arizona taxpayers will pay for the attorneys hired by state lawmakers who killed the 2020 voter-approved measure Prop. 208. That initiative would have raised money for schools by implementing a tax on wealthy residents.
July 27, 2022
The future of DACA is in limbo. And with it, the future of Dreamers like Karina Ruiz
Karina Ruiz is one of the "Dreamers" awaiting the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. And the policy has dictated much of her life.
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July 27, 2022
After audits and false claims of fraud, Maricopa County elections remain the same
It’s now nearly two years since former President Donald Trump’s 2020 loss in Arizona. And despite all the audits and bluster, this year’s election isn’t all that different.
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July 28, 2022
Its too late to mail your early ballot. Heres what to do
Voters who still have early ballots can drop them off at any of the county’s vote centers between now and Election Day, or vote in person.
July 26, 2022
An immense job awaits the Maricopa County attorney winner
There weren't supposed to be candidates running for Maricopa County attorney this year. But a special election has been called, and whoever wins in November only gets a brief window to work on rebuilding one of the largest prosecuting offices in the country.
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July 27, 2022
Kingman Mayor Miles steps down, citing health concerns
Kingman Mayor Jen Miles is stepping down from her office prior to the end of her term in December.
July 26, 2022
Pima County attorney sides with Planned Parenthood in case against Brnovich
Though there is an injunction in Pima County that blocks a pre-statehood law that bans almost all abortions from taking effect, Attorney General Mark Brnovich is attempting to make the law enforceable across the state.
July 26, 2022
Navajo Nation is considering legalizing same-sex marriage. What this could mean for the community
As Congress takes steps to codify federal protections for same-sex marriage, the Navajo Nation may be moving toward legalizing it for the first time.
July 26, 2022
More people are disowning the American flag as the far right embraces it
The American flag has always varied in its popularity. But professor Leslie Hahner says this time there's something we haven’t seen before: The left is relinquishing the flag as the right has adopted it.
July 26, 2022
Poll: Majority of AZ voters disapprove of overturning Roe
The poll from the Arizona research group looked to gauge state voters opinions on the decision and abortion access ahead of the primary election coming next week.
July 25, 2022