Arizona Politics News

AZ Arizona bill is the latest in a long history of Pledge of Allegiance fights
A bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature would require students in public schools to recite the pledge. They could only be excused by the request of a parent.
Hobbs forms special commission to review prison system
Saying the problems there have been have been ignored for years, Gov. Katie Hobbs formed a special commission Wednesday to review operations of the state prison system.
Jan. 26, 2023
AZ House education committee passes bill to expand private school tax credit to foster students
The state House Education Committee passed a bill that expands eligibility for students in foster care to receive student tuition organization scholarships.
Jan. 25, 2023
Mayes attorney tells judge Hamadeh not entitled to retry legal bid to install him as AG
A lawyer for Attorney General Kris Mayes says Republican Abe Hamadeh is not entitled to retry his legal bid to install him in the position after losing the November election.
Jan. 25, 2023
Do Californias strict gun laws make a difference?
California has some of the strictest gun laws in the country, but when it borders states like Arizona with much more lax restrictions, do they really make a difference?
Jan. 25, 2023
Navajo Nations mask mandate saved lives — and may have cost the president his job
The Navajo Nation was one of the hardest hit places in the country during the worst parts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To get it under control, former President Jonathan Nez clamped down hard.
Jan. 25, 2023
Trevor Project poll: Legislation harms 86% of transgender and nonbinary youths mental health
The state Legislature has introduced several bills this session that LGBTQ advocates say would be harmful if passed. The Trevor Project is a nonprofit focused on preventing suicide among LGBTQ youth. It released polling data this week that it says reflects some of that harm.
Jan. 25, 2023
Maricopa county attorney hopes for speedy, transparent review of death-penalty protocols
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said she supports Gov. Katie Hobbs' executive order calling for a review of death-penalty protocols in Arizona. The state has come under fire for issues with executions.
Jan. 24, 2023
AZ measure to make constitutional amendments harder to pass approved in committee
The Arizona Senate Elections Committee passed a measure that could make it harder for voters to pass constitutional amendments.
Jan. 24, 2023
Finchem, Gosar attempting to avoid paying legal fees in lawsuit against former lawmaker
The former and current lawmakers Mark Finchem, Paul Gosar and Anthony Kern are appealing the decision to the court of appeals. A state judge ordered them to pay former state Rep. Charlene Fernandez $75,000 in attorney fees.
Jan. 24, 2023
We are not going anywhere!: Protesters rally against anti-drag legislation at AZ Capitol
On Sunday, protestors gathered at the state Capitol to voice their support for drag and abortion rights. Some carried signs, some came in drag, and many spoke out against recently proposed anti-LGBTQ bills that would restrict drag performances.
Jan. 23, 2023
GOP lawmaker halts plan to ban sleeping on sidewalks
A state House committee later today is expected to debate a bill that aims to help deal with the state’s homeless population, but the bill isn’t the only approach lawmakers are taking with this issue.
Jan. 23, 2023
Díaz: Eliminating grocery taxes would hurt rural cities
House Republicans at the state Capitol are pushing a plan to eliminate the city sales tax on groceries in Arizona. It’s a proposal that was met with skepticism from some — including Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts.
Jan. 23, 2023
Mayor Giles on what’s on the minds of city leaders nationwide
The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual winter meeting touched on immigration, housing, jobs and a number of other policy areas. The Show caught up with Mesa Mayor John Giles late last week while he was there and talked with him about what some of the top issues at the meeting.
Jan. 23, 2023
Rep. Gallego announces bid for Sinema’s Senate seat
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, a liberal firebrand and prominent Latino lawmaker, announced Monday he'll challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024, becoming the first candidate to jump into the race and setting up a potential three-way contest.
Jan. 23, 2023
Demonstrators rally at Capitol on Roe v. Wade anniversary
A crowd of people gathered at the state Capitol on Sunday. They rallied together for various causes, including commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, and speaking out against a series of legislative bills targeting transgender individuals.
Jan. 23, 2023
Arizona lawmaker wants to ban political signs on street corners, medians
Sen. Steve Kaiser (R-Phoenix) has introduced legislation that could make him a hero of Arizona motorists. He wants to ban political signs from public rights of way.
Q&AZ: What are the rules about roadside campaign signs?
Jan. 22, 2023
Bill cracking down on protesting outside peoples homes gains momentum in legislature
Though the bill is based on a reasonable sense standard, some worry it will chill free speech and limit activity on public areas.
Jan. 20, 2023
VP Harris touts new solar transmission line in Tonopah
Vice President Kamala Harris was in Tonopah on Thursday to help break ground for a new transmission line that will help move solar power in the Southwest.
Jan. 20, 2023
AZ could get faster election results, but at what cost?
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer has some ideas to make the voting process more pleasant for all, he says — election workers, county staff and the voters demanding results in a timely fashion. But there's a natural give and take. If voters want to get election results earlier, they'd have to be willing to give up some voting options so many now enjoy, Richer says.
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Jan. 20, 2023
Finchem asks for money but finance records show no debt
Mark Finchem is sending out requests to pay off the debt from his failed attempt to become Arizona secretary of state last year. Except that debt doesn’t exist in his campaign finance records.
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Jan. 19, 2023