Arizona Politics News

Pima County Supervisors Vote to Drop Mask Mandate
Pima County’s board of supervisors voted to rescind its mask mandate, just a day after the CDC issued guidance easing mask recommendations for people vaccinated against COVID-19. From the Fronteras Desk in Tucson, KJZZ’s Michel Marizco reports.
Business Leaders Pen Editorial Criticizing Proposed Voting Changes
Greater Phoenix Leadership and other business leaders signed an editorial titled "Disenfranchising Voters Is Not ‘Election Reform’" in response to voting-related proposals advancing at the Capitol. The Show spoke with Neil Giuliano, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership.
April 7, 2021
Arizona Lawmakers Consider Opt-In Requirement For Sex Ed
A bill under consideration at the Arizona Capitol would require parents to opt in before their children could take sex education classes. Parents can currently opt their kids out of those classes, but SB 1456 would reverse that.
April 7, 2021
Arizona AG: Pima County Can Keep Mask Mandate In Place
Pima County is allowed to keep its mask mandate in place; an informal opinion by state Attorney General Mark Brnovich says the governor cannot use his executive power to stop cities, towns and counties from requiring people wear masks.
April 7, 2021
Phoenix Will Keep Mask Mandate In Place
Despite Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order, the Phoenix mayor and City Council announced they will continue to enforce a mask mandate within the city limits.
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April 7, 2021
What Its Like To Run For Congress During Redistricting
Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission is in the early stages of its work of redrawing the state’s congressional districts in time for the race leading up to the 2022 midterm election. Complicating matters even further is the fact the state will add a 10th Congressional District because of population increases confirmed by the census.
April 6, 2021
Young AZ Voters Wary Of Changes To Voting Laws
Voting legislation is progressing through Arizona’s Legislature. To discuss how young voters could be affected by changes, The Show spoke with Andrew Goodman Foundation Ambassadors Anusha Natarajan and Cyrus Commissariat, in addition to Alberto Olivas, executive director of the Pastor Center for Politics and Public Service.
April 6, 2021
Ducey Signs Law Shielding Businesses From COVID-19 Lawsuits
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation giving businesses, nursing homes and others a broad shield from lawsuits related to COVID-19. Backers say businesses shouldn’t have to worry about the potential for frivolous lawsuits. Democrats say the measure would reward bad actors who flouted health guidance and endangered their workers or the public.
April 6, 2021
Report: More Migrants Are Crossing Border; 4 Out Of 10 Are Mexican
Migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are surging again, and Mexican nationals are accounting for a greater share of those detentions.
April 5, 2021
Mexico And The U.S. Face Vaccination Disparity
Almost half of the U.S. population vaccinated with at least one dose, compared to only 7% of Mexico’s population. And there are reasons and implications of the disparity.
April 5, 2021
Parody Award Highlights Poor Response Rate Of FOIA Requests
Foilies are awards presented sarcastically to government agencies and organizations that have done a poor job in giving the public information or responding to Freedom of Information Act requests. The Show talked about the Foilies with Aaron Mackey of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
April 5, 2021
Phil Boas: Why Senate Must Act On Farmworkers, DACA
Generally, U.S. immigration policy has become one area without much hope of finding bipartisan compromise. A new column by the Republic’s Editorial Board argues the U.S. Senate should at least take action when it comes to farmworkers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
April 5, 2021
BBC Look-Ahead: 4 Countries Head To Polls, Russia Takes On Big Tech
Several countries are holding elections in the coming days, and Russia is going after some of the world’s biggest tech companies.
April 5, 2021
Sheriff Penzone Talks Border, Police Reform, COVID-19
Customs and Border Protection is reporting agents encountered nearly 172,000 migrants last month, which is a sharp increase from February; the number of unaccompanied minors is also on the rise. The Show spoke with Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone to talk about what he’s seeing, as well as other issues.
April 5, 2021
Arizona Lawmakers Talking Budget, Tax Cuts
Committee work at the state Capitol is generally over for the session, meaning bills that haven’t gotten their hearings are most likely done. But there are long agendas of floor votes to come, and, of course, budget talks as lawmakers inch closer to the 100-day mark.
April 5, 2021
Business Leaders Advocate Against Proposed Voting Laws
Civic and business leaders known as the Greater Phoenix Leadership are speaking out against proposed changes to how elections are conducted in Arizona.
April 4, 2021
Mesa Advocacy Group Challenges Nondiscrimination Ordinance
The Mesa City Council passed a nondiscrimination ordinance in March, becoming the seventh Arizona city to put one in place. But, the move was met with criticism from an advocacy group called United for Mesa, as well as the Center for Arizona Policy.
April 3, 2021
AZ Groups Press Companies On Voter Bills; GA Loses All-Star Game
Atlanta just lost a major sporting event over a newly signed voter law that President Biden called Jim Crow on steroids. Voting rights are just one reason why dozens of Arizona activist groups have started a pressure campaign on companies that do business here.
April 2, 2021
Mexico Opens César Chávez Institute To Promote Spanish In U.S., Canada
In 2019, a mass shooter at an El Paso Walmart specifically targeted Latinos, sending shock waves throughout the continent. As part of its response, the Mexican government launched a project to empower its citizens and Hispanics across North America through language. The project has now turned into an institute.
April 5, 2021
Mexico Health Care Workers Demand To Get Vaccinated
Medical personnel in Mexico are demanding the government keep its promise to prioritize coronavirus vaccinations for health care workers. Hundreds of doctors, most of them from the private sector, are protesting in Mexico City and preparing lawsuits, as they try to get vaccinated.
April 2, 2021
State House OKs Bill Banning Abortion For Genetic Issues
The Republican-controlled Arizona House approved a sweeping abortion bill making it a felony for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy because the child has a survivable genetic abnormality and imposing a raft of other provisions. The Senate must agree with the House changes before it heads to GOP Gov. Doug Ducey's desk.
April 2, 2021