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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Federal Lawsuit Challenges 2 New AZ GOP Voting Laws
A federal lawsuit challenging two new state election laws claims the policies are unnecessary and designed to make it harder for Arizonans to vote.
Aug. 17, 2021
Ducey Adviser Ciscomani Running For AZ 2nd Congressional District
A Republican member of Gov. Doug Ducey’s administration has announced he is running for Congress.
Aug. 17, 2021
Ducey Moves To Block Vaccine Mandates For City Workers
Gov. Doug Ducey is moving to block cities and counties from telling their workers they have to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
Aug. 16, 2021
More School Districts Requiring Masks Following Court Ruling
School districts in the Valley and in Tucson are announcing they will require masks in its schools starting Tuesday. The move is in reaction to a ruling on the lawsuit against the Phoenix Union High School District’s mask requirement.
List: Arizona School Districts Requiring Masks For 2021-2022
Aug. 16, 2021
Judge: Phoenix District Can Keep Mask Rule, At Least For Now
That the Phoenix Union High School District mask mandate can be enforced, at least for now. A judge ruled Monday that a state law banning districts from requiring students and staff to wear masks hasn’t yet taken effect.
Aug. 16, 2021
UA: Mask Requirement Not In Violation Of State Law
Last week, the state’s three public universities announced they will require everyone to wear face coverings in certain settings regardless of vaccination status. These policies are centered on campus safety and consistent with state law, said University of Arizona President Robert Robbins.
Aug. 16, 2021
WATCH: Bidens Remarks On Afghanistan
President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks on Afghanistan after a tumultuous weekend that saw the U.S.-backed government fall to the Taliban. Biden's remarks also come as chaos has enveloped Kabul and its airport as thousands of people attempt to flee the country.
Aug. 16, 2021
Boas: Cut Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams Some Slack
The U.S. Department of Justice announced it was going to look into the practices of the Phoenix Police Department. And last week, an independent investigation indicated troublesome issues within the department that need to be addressed. Some responded by calling for Chief Jeri Williams to resign, while others didn’t go quite that far.
Aug. 16, 2021
Police Chief Still Has Support Despite Investigation
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is finding herself under fire after investigations showed the department fabricating false charges on protesters last fall. And now the U.S. Department of Justice says it will be doing a deep probe into the Phoenix Police Department.
Aug. 16, 2021
Poetry, Music Renew Attention On Homelessness In Metro Phoenix
Poetry and music are two art forms which frequently address social justice issues. Arizona State University senior Austin Davis, who is the founder of AZ Hugs For Houseless, has combined both in a recent EP.
Aug. 16, 2021
How Census Demographic Shifts Could Change Politics
The results of the 2020 U.S. census were released last week. The results showed a growing number of people identifying as mixed-race in Maricopa County.
Aug. 15, 2021
Navajo, Cherokee Nations Discussing Intertribal Treaty
The Cherokee Nation traveled to the Navajo Nation to continue talks on a proposed treaty between the two nations. The treaty would allow the nations to enter inter-governmental relations to support one another on a number of issues.
Aug. 16, 2021
Biden Praises Phoenix Union Superintendent For Mask Mandate
President Biden called school district superintendents in Arizona and Florida this week to praise them for implementing mask requirements, despite laws banning mask mandates put in place by the states’ governors.
Aug. 14, 2021
AZ Dems Urge State Action On Rental Aid; Trade Group Says D.C. Has Work To Do
Arizona’s Democratic delegation to the U.S. House of Representative sent a letter to Gov Ducey this week urging him to help speed up payouts of emergency rent money. Arizona’s landlord trade group says federal action is needed first.
Aug. 13, 2021
Attorneys For Phoenix Union Argue States Ban On Mask Mandates Isnt Yet The Law
An attorney for the Phoenix Union High School District told a judge that the district’s mask mandate can’t violate a law that hasn’t yet taken effect.
Aug. 13, 2021
Education Advocates Launch Lawsuit Against AZ Mask Mandate Ban
Education advocates have filed a lawsuit against legislation that prohibits mask mandates in Arizona’s K-12 public schools, colleges and universities.
Aug. 12, 2021
City Manager Seeks AG Probe Of Phoenix Police
Some Phoenix police officers could face criminal investigation in connection with the arrest of protesters last year and falsely accusing them of being in a gang. The city manager sent a letter Thursday asking the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to get involved.
Aug. 12, 2021
McCain Institute: White Supremacy Most Lethal Threat To U.S. Security
Two top law enforcement officials in the Biden administration earlier this year told Congress that white supremacist groups pose the country’s most serious domestic national security threat. That assessment matches one from the McCain Institute for International Leadership and the Center for American Progress, which says “violent white supremacists currently pose the single most lethal threat to American security.”
Aug. 12, 2021
Whats Driving The Surge In Migrants?
The Biden administration is stepping up enforcement at the southern border — implementing policies aimed at ramping up deportations and prosecutions of migrants who are crossing the border at a time of year when the journey can be deadly.
Aug. 12, 2021
Lead Prosecutor Sues Maricopa County Attorneys Office For Defamation
Last summer, a group of 15 protesters were given gang charges — a designation that was ultimately dropped. Now April Sponsel, who was the lead prosecutor for Maricopa County during that case, is suing the County Attorney's Office, claiming defamation and that her work was undermined by the reversal.
Aug. 12, 2021