Arizona Politics News

$3.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Could Mean More Than $115B For AZ
Legislation that would add $3.5 trillion in spending over 10 years through budget reconciliation has run into delays. But a new report by ASU’s Seidman Institute shows that, if that $3.5 trillion is implemented, Arizona’s economy would be helped significantly.
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WATCH: Senate Hearing On FBIs Handling Of Larry Nassar Case
The Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into an Office of Inspector General's report that found the FBI failed to properly investigate charges against Larry Nassar. Video is scheduled to begin around 7 a.m. Arizona time.
Sept. 15, 2021
The Future Of DACA May Depend On Congress
As lawmakers return to Washington this week, they’re also being confronted by the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. Following a federal judge's ruling against DACA, Congressional Democrats have sent a bill along to the Senate.
Sept. 14, 2021
Boas: High-Ranking Officials Should Be Appointed, Not Elected
For many years, Republic columnist Robert Robb has called for a number of Arizona’s statewide positions to be appointed, rather than elected. In a new column over the weekend, Robb argued that attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer should be jobs that are filled by gubernatorial appointees.
Sept. 13, 2021
Podcast: Lawsuit Threatening Foundation Of Native American Rights
What began as a custody case to decide the future of a Navajo child is now waiting on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court — and journalist Rebecca Nagle says it has implications that extend far beyond one Texas family.
Sept. 13, 2021
Judge Hears Arguments Over Arizona Mask Mandate Ban
The attorney for a coalition of educators, school board members, child welfare advocates and others warned a judge Monday that children could die if she does not void a legislative ban on schools requiring students to be masked.
Sept. 13, 2021
Arizona Public Health Doctor: Bidens Vaccine Mandate A Step In The Right Direction
Attorneys who specialize in labor law say the decision by President Biden that large employers must have all workers vaccinated is well within the power of the federal government. And companies that listen to the Republicans and ignore the requirement could find themselves facing stiff fines.
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Sept. 12, 2021
Chandler City Council OKs Plan To Test Mobile Voting App
Chandler City Council approved a pilot program for a mobile voting app this week, allowing residents to vote on their phones and tablets in a test election this November. Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke says the test is to see how residents respond to mobile voting.
Sept. 11, 2021
Race For Hopi Chairman To Be Rematch Of 2017 Election
The race for Hopi chairman will be a rematch of the last general election. Tribal council member David Norton Talayumptewa was the top vote-getter in Thursday's primary with 298 votes, followed by current Chairman Tim Nuvangyaoma with 291 votes, according to unofficial results.
Sept. 10, 2021
County Recorder Joins Pro-Bono Legal Network For Election Workers
Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer will serve on the advisory board of a new pro-bono legal network for election workers.
Sept. 10, 2021
Audit Supporter Threatens Arizona GOP Senator
A Republican state senator who has backed away from the election review she once supported is now the victim of at least one threat.
Sept. 10, 2021
AZ Climate Activists Urge Congress To Pass Bidens Plan
Environmentalists gathered at the state Capitol on Friday morning, urging Congress to pass President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan as part of his budget proposal. It would allocate $3.5 trillion in spending for climate change initiatives, health care and public schools.
Sept. 10, 2021
County Attorney Seeking Treatment For Anxiety, Alcohol
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel announced Friday that she is seeking treatment to address her mental health and unhealthy coping behaviors. Adel says that throughout the past year, she has struggled with anxiety, an eating disorder and alcohol use.
Sept. 10, 2021
Phoenix To Consider Adding Interactive Kiosks Downtown
Phoenix leaders will consider adding interactive digital kiosks on city sidewalks and public spaces.
Sept. 13, 2021
New Poll Shows Majority Of AZ Voters Are For Mask Mandates
A recent poll found 59% of likely voters surveyed were against a new law that bans mask mandates.
Sept. 10, 2021
AZ Groups Push For Immigration Reform In Reconciliation Bill
The U.S. Senate goes back in session next week and a coalition of pro-immigrant groups are pressing Arizona’s two moderate Democrats to deliver a pathway to citizenship for millions. The massive budget resolution moving through Congress includes $107 billion that could be used to get it done.
Sept. 9, 2021
Ducey Vows To Push Back On New Vaccine Requirements
President Biden plans to require many U.S. employers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or regular tests for workers. Gov. Doug Ducey is calling the plan big government overreach.
Sept. 9, 2021
New Law Aims To Increase Schools Scheduling Flexibility
A new state law set to take effect later this month will allow school districts to experiment with new learning environments and new kinds of schedules. Supporters say the measure is about flexibility and letting schools tailor classes and educational models to meet their — and their students’ — needs.
Sept. 9, 2021
Secretary Of State Proposes To Change Voting Procedures
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is proposing to require county officials to count ballots for president and statewide offices even if the voter casts it at the wrong polling location.
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Sept. 9, 2021
How The Definition Of Patriotism Changes Over Time
In our current, deeply divided political environment, the word "patriotism" has become especially loaded. The Show spoke with Yale Professor Steven Smith and began the conversation by asking him whether the definition of patriotism has changed or whether its meaning is defined by our times.
Sept. 9, 2021
UA Faculty, Staff Working To Help Afghan Colleagues Leave Country
Hundreds of Americans and Afghan citizens that worked with the U.S. over the past two decades remain in Afghanistan; many are trying to leave the country now that the Taliban has taken control. Among them: 12 people and their immediate families who worked with the University of Arizona through a partnership with a university in Kabul.
Sept. 9, 2021