Arizona Politics News

Court says governor not required to carry out execution
The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that state law doesn’t require Gov. Katie Hobbs to carry out execution of a prisoner who is scheduled to be put to death on April 6 for his conviction in a 2002 killing.
AZ Senate passes bill that would give tax breaks to new businesses
A bill to exempt new businesses from having to pay any state income taxes in their first year of operation has passed the state Senate. That tax break would taper off to 50% in the second year and 25% in the third.
March 15, 2023
Changes coming to Phoenix after mayor’s City Council candidates appear victorious
Unofficial results show two City Council candidates endorsed by Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego as the winners in Tuesday’s runoff election. The election was required by law because no candidate received a majority of votes last November.
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March 15, 2023
Gallego slams Sinema over 2018 bank deregulation vote
Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego slammed independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona on Tuesday for backing a bank deregulation bill he says contributed to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, highlighting Sinema's Wall Street ties as he campaigns for her seat.
March 14, 2023
New bill could exempt some AZ university students from activities fees
Students who attend Arizona’s public universities pay activity fees, even if they don’t use the services they fund. A bill moving through the state Legislature could change that.
March 14, 2023
As lawmakers target Tucson elections, this columnist says the city needs its own fix
Tucson’s elections have long been a point of conflict with the state Legislature and many conservatives, who argue that they give an unfair advantage to Democrats in the liberal bastion.
March 14, 2023
A bipartisan housing bill got crushed in the AZ Legislature
A major bipartisan effort aimed at solving the housing died Monday in the state Legislature. And now potential solutions from state lawmakers are likely another year away.
March 14, 2023
AZ hotline to report inappropriate school lessons turns up few credible complaints
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has a launched a hotline for parents. So far it hasn't turned up many credible complaints.
March 14, 2023
AZ House passes bill to expand when child support payments start
Arizona House Republicans have approved expanding when child support has to be paid — but some Democrats say this bill is really designed to outlaw abortion.
March 14, 2023
ACLU: Thousands of forcibly separated families still not reunited
In the first years of the Trump administration, the former president’s so-called “zero-tolerance” policy sparked outrage as videos of migrant children being forcibly separated from their parents by Customs and Border Protection officials surfaced. Trump officially ended the policy in 2018.
March 14, 2023
Arizona AG Kris Mayes on joining the fight to save DACA
Late last week, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes joined a group of 22 state attorneys general in an effort to dissuade a federal judge in Texas from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known commonly as DACA.
March 14, 2023
Phoenix runoff election to decide 2 council seats
A runoff election for two council seats will take place in Phoenix on Tuesday.
March 13, 2023
How a Scottsdale superintendent ended up at the center of a culture war
Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent Scott Menzel finds himself at the center of one of the key culture wars facing schools across the country right now.
March 13, 2023
Arizona SB 1694 targets diversity, equity and inclusion programs
Two years after banning the use of public funds for so-called “critical race theory,” a Queen Creek Republican lawmaker is now going after programs that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
March 13, 2023
AZ Senate bill would add criminal charges if sexual explicit content is shown in schools
Arizona Senate Republicans have passed a bill taking aim at material allowed to be shown in public schools. Any school employee or contractor that mentions or shows sextually explicit material could face criminal charges.
March 13, 2023
Canadian Supreme Court justice investigated after altercation at Paradise Valley resort
A Canadian Supreme Court justice has been placed on leave after a physical altercation at a Paradise Valley resort. Justice Russell Brown’s conduct is now being reviewed by the Canadian Judicial Council.
March 13, 2023
AZ Congressman Stanton to chair immigration task force
Rep. Greg Stanton will chair an immigration task force created by lawmakers calling themselves the New Democrat Coalition.
March 10, 2023
AZ Senate gives preliminary OK to ban certain books from public schools
State senators gave preliminary approval to a bill that would direct the Arizona Department of Education to come up with a list of books to ban in public schools.
March 10, 2023
Rio Verde Foothills faces another delay getting their water supply flowing again
Restoring the water supply to the unincorporated Rio Verde Foothills community has hit another hurdle. A bill in the Arizona House that was designed to get water flowing again by using a third party provider and Scottsdale infrastructure has failed.
March 10, 2023
NewsCap: Whats the over/under on vetoes from Hobbs?
KJZZ’s Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week from Arizona and beyond. This week, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes sued Cochise County, Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill on critical race theory and more.
March 10, 2023
Hobbs vetoes bill that banned critical race theory
Arizona won't be banning what has been called critical race theory in public schools. Gov. Katie Hobbs on Thursday vetoed legislation that its sponsor says would preclude schools from teaching what its prime sponsor called "pushing a destructive and racist ideology" in our schools.
March 9, 2023