Arizona Politics News

AZ Legislature passes bill to block cities from taxing groceries
The state Legislature passed a bill that would overrule the ability of cities and towns to levy taxes on groceries. Food taxes raise about $161 million for cities every year.
NewsCap: Aggregate Expenditure Limit needs a long-term fix
Lawmakers on Arizona’s House Education Committee have advanced a plan to lift the Aggregate Expenditure Limit for this year. And the state’s political parties chose new leaders this week.
Feb. 3, 2023
Bill defining some drag shows as adult passes Senate committee
The state Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a bill that would ban adult cabaret performances on public property and in private locations where a minor could see it. The bill labels drag performers or shows as “adult cabaret” if they appeal to prurient interest, which in a legal context means lust or sexual desire.
Feb. 2, 2023
Bill would make it harder to find where lawmakers live
The measure received unanimous support from the Senate Government Committee.
Feb. 2, 2023
Bills to stop cities from taxing food and rentals move to the Senate
While some argue the bills would provide breathing room for consumers, others say they won't make much of a difference.
Feb. 2, 2023
Measure would make it harder to get voter initiatives on the ballot
Republican lawmakers in the Arizona Senate are pushing forward with a measure, Senate Concurrent Resolution 1015, to make it harder for voters to pass their own laws.
Feb. 2, 2023
Why Jan. 6 wasnt a surprise to white Christian nationalists
At 14 years old, Brad Onishi converted to Christianity, joining a sect of Evangelical believers who he now says are part of a growing subculture in America that has taken a dangerous turn. Onishi is now a religion scholar who studies Christian Nationalism and the co-host of the Straight White American Jesus podcast.
Feb. 2, 2023
Arizona has a long history of open government. Now the Senate is sidestepping public records law
New rules adopted by Republicans in the Arizona Senate mean that lawmakers are now exempt from the state’s public records law. David Bodney says it goes against Arizona’s long history of open government.
Feb. 2, 2023
600K in AZ could lose insurance after emergency expires
Arizona’s Medicaid agency, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, known as AHCCCS, estimates that as many as 600,000 people in the states could be disenrolled.
Feb. 2, 2023
SB 1471 would create a man vs. machine test for Maricopa County vote tabulators
SB 1471 would require Maricopa County alone to select four voting precincts, select 100 ballots from each of those precincts and then recount every race on each of those ballots, by hand and by machine. Then the bill requires the county to compare the difference.
Feb. 2, 2023
Does Phoenix need more council members? Voters could decide
Phoenix will soon begin the process of redrawing City Council districts and some members would like to see more seats. Phoenix’s council is made up of the mayor and eight members. The cities closest in population are San Antonio with a mayor and 10 members, and Philadelphia with 17 members.
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Feb. 2, 2023
AZ House bill limiting instruction on race advances with Hornes support
Tom Horne, Arizona’s new superintendent of public instruction, campaigned against the instruction of critical race theory in schools. Now in office, Horne’s throwing his support behind a bill that would keep teachers from talking about race in certain ways.
Feb. 1, 2023
GOP state lawmakers advance unilateral budget proposal
Republican Arizona lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan to pass their own "basic" budget plan despite knowing it has no hope of getting her signature.
Jan. 31, 2023
Fontes seeks inquiry into Lake after she posts signatures
Secretary of State Adrian Fontes is seeking an investigation of losing GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake after she published signatures of individuals from voter registration records.
Jan. 31, 2023
AZ Senate bill would compare test ballot hand counting accuracy vs.machines
A bill introduced in the Arizona state Senate would pit man against machine, at least when it comes to counting ballots. The legislation proposes a recount of a portion of votes cast in the November 2022 general election.
Jan. 31, 2023
AZ schools are facing a spending cap disaster. How did we get here?
Arizona schools are facing this spending cap now. In fact, if lawmakers don’t act by March 1, schools won’t be able to spend the money lawmakers have allocated to them — something even Arizona's new, conservative Superintendent Tom Horne warned would be devastating for schools. So how did we get here? Who is to blame?
Jan. 31, 2023
Cyber Ninjas still keeping 2020 audit documents secret
More than a year after the Cyber Ninjas finished their partisan review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, new revelations are coming to light about the work they did and who paid for it.
Jan. 31, 2023
LGBTQ advocates push back on bill defining drag as adult cabaret
The state Senate judiciary committee will vote on a bill that would expand the definition of “adult cabaret” to include drag performances this week. LGBTQ advocates say that even if it doesn’t pass, SB 1028 promotes harmful attitudes toward drag performers and events.
Jan. 31, 2023
Bill will let Maricopa County voters decide on transportation tax
A bill that would let Maricopa County voters decide whether to extend a transportation tax for another 20 years has been introduced in the Senate. If approved, the election would take place in November 2024.
Jan. 30, 2023
AZ bill would ban future emergency vaccines from school attendance requirements
Last year, GOP lawmakers made sure COVID-19 vaccines are no longer required for students to attend school. A new bill this year would ban schools from requiring students to be immunized with any future “emergency use” vaccines.
Jan. 30, 2023
Committee votes to use $360 million to widen I-10
The federal government denied a grant to widen the Interstate 10 from Casa Grande to Chandler this year. On Monday, the Arizona Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously to draw the $360 million it would take to do it from Arizona’s budget.
Jan. 31, 2023