Arizona Politics News

Missouri man charged with threatening county recorder
The Department of Justice has charged a Missouri man for allegedly threatening Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer. Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, faces charges of communicating an interstate threat and making a threatening phone call.
Judges reject challenges to 2 Arizona ballot initiatives
Judges rejected challenges to two Arizona voter initiatives on Wednesday, siding with proponents of a measure limiting so-called predatory debt collection and for one that would require people who fund political campaigns through nonprofit groups to be identified.
Planned Parenthood to spend record $50M in midterm elections
Planned Parenthood, the nation's leading reproductive health care provider and abortion rights advocacy organization, plans to spend a record $50 million ahead of November's midterm elections, pouring money into contests where access to abortion will be on the ballot.
New Arizona law bans filming police within 8 feet
On Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a new law that restricts the recording of police. The law makes it illegal to record within 8 feet of police.
July 8, 2022
White House committed to see Brittney Griner released
After Phoenix Mercury star Brittney Griner’s guilty plea to drug possession charges in Russia on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the legal maneuver.
July 8, 2022
Navajo Nation finalizes long-debated spending plan for $1B in federal funds
After nearly a year of debate, the Navajo Nation recently agreed on a plan to distribute more than $1 billion of its remaining American Rescue Plan funding.
July 8, 2022
The Supreme Court has sided with doctors in an opioids case. What this means for future cases
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in a case related to a couple of physicians suspected of overprescribing opioids. What the ruling means for future litigation and the opioid epidemic.
July 8, 2022
NewsCap: What Duceys governor endorsement means
Gov. Doug Ducey made headlines this week for his endorsement of Karrin Taylor Robson in the Republican gubernatorial primary, and for his vetoing of a bill for extending a transportation sales tax.
July 8, 2022
Arizona abortion measure falls short of signatures to get on the November ballot
Shasta McManus, treasurer of Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom, told Capitol Media Services her organization will not be turning in the petitions for a ballot measure it has been gathering since May. She said they were able to get only about 176,000 ahead of Thursday's deadline.
July 7, 2022
Lead narrows for Kari Lake in governors race, poll shows
A new poll shows the race is tightening between the top two GOP candidates for Arizona governor. Kari Lake is still in the lead, but that’s been narrowed to five points over Karrin Taylor Robson.
July 7, 2022
Giffords, McCain receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Joe Biden presented the Medal of Freedom to 17 recipients, including two from Arizona — the late U.S. Sen. John McCain and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
July 7, 2022
New AZ legislation could prevent bankruptcy due to medical debt
In November, Arizonans may be able to vote for new protections against medical debt. If they do, the Predatory Debt Collection Act would prevent bankruptcy.
July 11, 2022
AZ Supreme Court rejects Brnovich bid to skip appellate courts on elections manual
The Arizona Supreme Court has decided not to fast-track an appeal from Attorney General Mark Brnovich after a judge sided with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs over election rules.
July 7, 2022
Ducey vetoes bill that would let voters extend Maricopa County transportation tax
Gov. Ducey has vetoed a bill that would have given Maricopa County voters the opportunity to extend its transportation tax, which ends in 2025.
July 7, 2022
Gov. Doug Ducey endorses Karrin Taylor Robson
In a tight race in the Republican gubernatorial primary, Gov. Doug Ducey has endorsed candidate Karrin Taylor Robson. It comes two days after early ballots were sent out.
July 7, 2022
Initiative groups must file their signatures today. What issues voters could see on the ballot
July 7 is the deadline for citizen initiatives to file signatures to put their issues before voters in November. To learn about some of what we may be voting on this fall, The Show spoke with Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services.
July 7, 2022
Arizona abortion rights organizers close in on the final hours of petition signature deadline
Wednesday marks the deadline for abortion rights organizers to finish collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to enshrine reproductive rights into the Arizona Constitution.
More Arizona abortion news
July 6, 2022
GOP redistricting efforts leave fates of gun reform, abortion unknown in moderate states
The Supreme Court has left the legality of abortion up to the states. But efforts have made it so that some of the states considered to be more moderate may be more restrictive because legislatures may not actually be in line with what a majority of a state’s residents believe.
July 6, 2022
How migrant deaths near San Antonio could impact immigration reform
The shooting in Uvalde led to gun reform in Washington, D.C. Could the migrants found dead in a tractor trailer in San Antonio do the same for immigration reform? The Show spoke with Doris Meissner, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute and director of the U.S. immigration policy program.
July 6, 2022
Department of Justice sues over Arizona voting law
The Department of Justice is asking a federal judge to block Arizona from enforcing a new law about who can vote for president. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, the agency contends Arizona has no legal right to demand proof of citizenship from those who use a federal voter registration form to vote in federal elections.
July 5, 2022
Congressman Raúl Grijalva receives Ansel Adams award
Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva is the latest recipient of the Wilderness Society’s Ansel Adams award.
July 5, 2022
Wednesday is the deadline to pitch Arizona ballot initiatives
The deadline to make a written pitch on election issues and send it to Arizona voters ahead of the midterms is coming up Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
July 5, 2022
Homeless outreach group uses Phoenix funding for mobile cooling van
Outreach group AZ Hugs for the Houseless has created a mobile cooling van to prevent heat-related deaths for those experiencing homelessness, using funding from the city of Phoenix.
July 5, 2022

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